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A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2016/17 is now available on the BRS websites.

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2016-17 now available

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2016-17 now available
 

The Secretariat hands over the signed BRS Geneva Gender Parity Pledge to Mr. Michael Moller, UNOG Director General.

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

 

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

Abusive emails

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

Press Release: UN chemical experts pave way for more sustainable management of chemicals

Press Release: UN chemical experts pave way for more sustainable management of chemicals

The outcomes of the recent Rotterdam Convention CRC-12 and Stockholm Convention POPRC-12 meetings are now available online, featuring proposed new chemicals listings at the COPs in Geneva in 2017.

Press Release: UN chemical experts pave way for more sustainable management of chemicals

Press Release: UN chemical experts pave way for more sustainable management of chemicals
 
Joint meeting of the bureaux of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions to discuss COPs

Joint meeting of the bureaux of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions to discuss COPs

The bureaux will meet from 3 to 4 November 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss preparations for the 2017 triple COPs.

Joint meeting of the bureaux of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions to discuss COPs

Joint meeting of the bureaux of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions to discuss COPs
 
Promoting sustainable agriculture: unique challenges in the SIDs

Promoting sustainable agriculture: unique challenges in the SIDs

The Rotterdam Convention team works with stakeholders in Sao Tome and Principe and Cabo Verde to minimise the potential impacts of harmful pesticides.

Promoting sustainable agriculture: unique challenges in the SIDs

Promoting sustainable agriculture: unique challenges in the SIDs

Developing countries are awash with pesticides; building public awareness of their risks remains a major challenge.

September 2016, Rome – “Urgent action is needed to secure the future and food security of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) against the disproportionate effects of climate change,” said FAO’s Director-General Graziano da Silva at a recent conference.

For the island states of Cabo Verde, São Tome and Principe, this is just one concern in ensuring food security for all. That security also hinges heavily on developing their capacities to farm independently and thus become less reliant on imported food supplies.

Each country is poor in natural resources and arable land, and prone to drought – building sustainable agriculture systems is therefore no easy matter.

A meeting in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, last year, saw the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) join forces with the Rotterdam Convention (RC) to agree on a new strategy to monitor the food and nutrition security of countries, in particular the SIDS.

As is the case for farmers around the world, pesticides - including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides and nematicides - are used to boost crop production. Though they can have negative impacts on the environment and human health, their appeal in increasing crop production is ongoing.

This, despite the fact that a 2012 FAO study analysing data from 1990 to 2009 found that a 1.9 percent increase in pesticide use only led to a one percent gain in crop output.

With little firm research available to establish how widely pesticides were being used on Cabo Verde, São Tome and Principe, FAO began an EU-funded study mission to each island in July, to review the use of pesticides in rural communities. The target of the mission was to first confirm if pesticides were being used, and then later to inform of the dangers associated with their use.

In São Tome and Principe, family farmers across the islands were observed wearing no protective clothing or equipment in their work. A long-term target is to build awareness of the risks associated with the use of pesticides and to promote the use of safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals.

In its undertaking to support the islands through policy advice, analysis and technical assistance, FAO also aims to help achieve sustainable development.

As a further measure to improve pesticide management and to avoid potentially serious poisonings, FAO is calling on all countries to adhere to an International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management – a voluntary framework that promotes best practices to prevent and reduce exposure to pesticides during handling, storage, transport, use and disposal.

A knowledge-sharing meeting is to be held in January 2017 to review the practices in Cabo Verde, São Tome and Principe and to adopt a framework to introduce alternatives to hazardous pesticides into farming methods.

Pacific countries make progress on pesticides at Rotterdam Convention workshop

Pacific countries make progress on pesticides at Rotterdam Convention workshop

The Cook Islands recently hosted a workshop for 35 participants from 11 countries, who agreed 25 recommendations for making more sustainable the Pacific nations’ use of pesticides.

Pacific countries make progress on pesticides at Rotterdam Convention workshop

Pacific countries make progress on pesticides at Rotterdam Convention workshop
 
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Preparations intensify for 2017 triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, Switzerland

Parties have been officially informed of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions COPs, featuring a high-level segment, to be held in Geneva from 24 April to 5 May 2017.

Preparations intensify for 2017 triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, Switzerland

Preparations intensify for 2017 triple conferences of the parties (COPs): Geneva, Switzerland
 
Updated BRS Gender Action Plan now online

Reflecting the Secretariat’s commitment to taking action to reduce gender inequalities, the updated BRS Gender Action Plan is now available.

Updated BRS Gender Action Plan now online

Updated BRS Gender Action Plan now online
 
Scientists gather to protect human health and environment

The Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee (CRC.12) meets in Rome 14-16th September to consider new listings for hazardous pesticides and industrial chemicals

Scientists gather to protect human health and environment

Scientists gather to protect human health and environment
 
Your views sought on how to move “From Science to Action”

Secretariat launches online consultation process for enhanced science-policy mainstreaming, deadline 31 August 2016.

Your views sought on how to move “From Science to Action”

Your views sought on how to move “From Science to Action”
 
Synergies review: e-surveys launched

E-surveys are now available online to gather data and feedback on the synergies process.

Synergies review: e-surveys launched

Synergies review: e-surveys launched

At the ordinary meeting held in 2015, the respective conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) conventions decided to review the synergies arrangements at their meetings in 2017 (BC-12/20, RC-7/10 and SC-7/28). With the objective to gather data to inform this review process, e-surveys have been dispatched to all stakeholders. The e-surveys can also be accessed via the hyperlinks below.

Parties
Please click here to access the e-survey for parties. The submission deadline is 5 August 2016.

BCRCs and SCRCs
Please click here to access the e-survey for BCRCs and SCRCs. The submission deadline is 22 July 2016.

FAO country offices
Please click here to access the e-survey for FAO country offices. The submission deadline is 22 July 2016.

Partners
Please click here to access the e-survey for partners. The submission deadline is 22 July 2016.

Secretariat staff
Please click here to access the e-survey for Secretariat staff. The submission deadline is 22 July 2016.

PIC Circular now available

PIC Circular XLIII June 2016 is now available.

PIC Circular now available

PIC Circular now available
 

The report of the meeting of the COP-8 Bureau held on 14 June 2016 is now available.

Rotterdam COP Bureau paves the way for the 2017 COP

 
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.

UN member states agree 25 resolutions at UNEA2

UN member states agree 25 resolutions at UNEA2

More than 2,000 delegates from around the world representing governments, civil society, and international organisations gathered from 23 - 27 May 2016 to attend the second UN Environment Assembly, held at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

As the first global meeting since the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change, UNEA2 aimed to forward efforts to deliver the environmental dimension of the 2030 agenda. A small team from the BRS Secretariat attended and contributed to numerous Side Events, panel discussions, High-Level forums, Green Room events and throughout the conference throughout the week in order to emphasise the centrality of sustainable management of chemicals and waste to the implementation of the SDGs. An interactive quiz was launched at UNEA2 on this subject to gauge delegates’ appreciation of these linkages and the results will be shared in due course. To take the quiz, please go to the BRS website.

Key resolutions adopted by Member States on Friday 27 May included those on the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste, on Marine Litter, on Sustainable Consumption and Production, on Oceans, and on the role of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, (MEAs).

For more information on UNEA2 and on the resolutions agreed, please see the UNEP website.

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.

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

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

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

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

Johannesburg, South Africa. 45 Pesticide Registrars and Designated National Authorities of the Rotterdam Convention from the 15 Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries discussed the risk of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) to human health and the environment, their management and the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention at large during a 5 day workshop. The workshop also followed up on the SAPReF Strategic Action plan agreed at a similar workshop in Harare, Zimbabwe at the end of July in 2015, identifying risk reduction from HHP and implementation of the Rotterdam Convention as high priorities.

The Southern African Pesticide Regulators’ Forum (SAPReF) was formed in 2011 and since then placed particular attention on fostering regional collaboration for sound pesticide management. Key institutions namely FAO, University of Cape Town, Swedish Chemical Agency and the SADC Secretariat support this forum since the beginning. Through regional collaboration, countries are enabled to work more closely, share resources, lower the costs of pesticide registration, and coordinate implementation of the Multilateral Environmental Agreement such as Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention.

Participants were trained on identification of potential HHPs using their national registers of pesticides, risk management and on the protocols for the field surveys to assess use conditions of HHPs. “The Pesticide Registration Toolkit developed by FAO facilitates this important task that has to be carried out by countries”, Nadia Correale from FAO’s Plant Production and Protection Division says.

The workshop put also emphasis on identifying gaps and challenges faced by the 15 countries (13 are party to the Rotterdam Convention) in meeting particular obligations under the Convention, such as preparation and submission of notifications of Final Regulatory Actions (FRA) under Article 5 and taking advantage of the opportunity in preparing and submitting proposals for Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations (SHPF) under Article 6.

Christine Fuell, the Coordinator of the FAO part of the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat stressed that “FAO, the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat, WHO, KEMI and UCT will continue to provide support to the SADC Member Countries in finalizing their national action plans and take any further steps to reduce the risks posed by highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs)”.

For more information, please contact Nadia Correale at nadia.correale@fao.org.

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