BRS Newsletter - June 2016 - No. 4
Basel Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

BRS NEWSLETTER

Assisting parties to protect human health and the environment

June 2016 - No. 4

Welcome
This, the fourth, edition of the new BRS monthly Newsletter features news from the three conventions, a new appointment in Africa, a look forward to the Basel Open-ended Working Group, a Caribbean view of the chemicals and waste sector, the availability online of the much-anticipated E-waste technical guidelines, and a quiz to test your knowledge of linkages with the SDGs. Enjoy!
News
E-waste technical guidelines finalised and now available online

E-waste technical guidelines finalised and now available online

Adopted at COP.12, these much-anticipated guidelines are a crucial resource for parties seeking to sustainably manage this fast-growing waste stream.

New Director for BCCC Africa

New Director for BCCC Africa

The Government of Nigeria in consultation with the Secretariat has appointed Professor Percy C. Onianwa as the new director of Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Africa effective 23 May 2016.

Rotterdam Convention and Southern African Pesticide Regulators’ Forum addressing highly hazardous pesticides

Rotterdam Convention and Southern African Pesticide Regulators’ Forum addressing highly hazardous pesticides

45 representatives from 15 SADC countries met in South Africa for training and discussions on minimising risks to human health and the environment from highly hazardous pesticides.

Agenda available for next meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC.12)

Agenda available for next meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC.12)

Reviewing pesticides and industrial chemicals for inclusion in the Convention, CRC.12 will take place from 14-16 September 2016 at FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting agenda is now available.

Information required on Stockholm Convention technical assistance needs

Information required on Stockholm Convention technical assistance needs

Official Contact Points from developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition are invited to fill in an online questionnaire to provide information sought by the Conference of the Parties, by 10 June 2016.

UN member states agree 25 resolutions at UNEA2

UN member states agree 25 resolutions at UNEA2

Resolutions on the sound management of chemicals and waste, marine litter, and the role of MEAs among resolutions agreed by UN member states at UNEA in Nairobi, 23 - 27 May 2016.

Special Programme on Chemicals and Waste: Call for Proposals Open

Special Programme on Chemicals and Waste: Call for Proposals Open

Aiming to strengthen national institutions and to promote the mainstreaming of sound management of chemicals and wastes, the 1st Call for Proposals is open until 4 July 2016.

 

Technical Assistance
Technical Assistance

Upcoming webinars

 

Upcoming workshops

First ever MOOC on E-waste - now underway

First ever MOOC on E-waste - now underway

You can still register for, and since 4 April 2016 join, the first ever Massive Open Online Course on the E-waste Challenge, now underway.

 
Emerging issues
David Ogden: Environmentally Sound Management of Wastes on the agenda at Basel OEWG-10

David Ogden: Environmentally Sound Management of Wastes on the agenda at Basel OEWG-10

Focusing on the development of guidelines that promote the environmentally sound management of wastes (ESM) and improving national reporting on progress on implementation of the Basel Convention, OEWG-10 is at the heart of efforts to reach several of the 2030 sustainable development goals.

 

Forthcoming meetings
Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention Bureaux meetings

Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention Bureaux meetings

June is a busy month for BRS with meetings of the Bureaux of the Conferences of the Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, and the 12th meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC).

 

Postcard from Trinidad and Tobago
A Caribbean view: the work of the Regional Centre in Trinidad and Tobago

A Caribbean view: the work of the Regional Centre in Trinidad and Tobago

Read all about the big issues for the Caribbean in this interview with Dr Ahmad Khan.

 

Synergies in the spotlight
BRS launches SDGs quiz

BRS launches SDGs quiz

Test your knowledge of how the SDGs require sustainable management of chemicals and waste by taking our online SDG quiz, which was piloted by UNEA2 delegates in Nairobi recently.

 

Our Regional Centres
The BCRC Caribbean

The BCRC Caribbean

Find out about the Basel Regional Centre for the Caribbean, located in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

 

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