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A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2018/19 is now available on the BRS websites.

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2018-19 now available

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2018-19 now available
 

At its eighth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention elected a new Bureau and new members of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC).

Elections during Rotterdam Convention COP-8

Elections during Rotterdam Convention COP-8
 

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

 

Accession by State of Palestine to Rotterdam Convention, increases total to 160 Parties

Accession by State of Palestine to Rotterdam Convention, increases total to 160 Parties

The State of Palestine has acceded to the Rotterdam Convention, depositing its instruments of accession to both the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on 29 December 2017, with entry into force on 29 March 2018.

Accession by State of Palestine to Rotterdam Convention, increases total to 160 Parties

Accession by State of Palestine to Rotterdam Convention, increases total to 160 Parties

 

Enhancing the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention

Enhancing the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention

Parties and others are invited to comment, by 31 March 2018, on the report analysing the legal and operational implications of priority actions to enhance the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention.

Enhancing the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention

Enhancing the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention
 
Outcomes of the Rotterdam Convention’s CRC-13 meeting now available

Outcomes of the Rotterdam Convention’s CRC-13 meeting now available

The advance English version of the report of the Chemical Review Committee’s 13th meeting, held recently in Rome, is now available online.

Outcomes of the Rotterdam Convention’s CRC-13 meeting now available

Outcomes of the Rotterdam Convention’s CRC-13 meeting now available

 

Online survey on definitions of the term “pesticides”

Online survey on definitions of the term “pesticides”

The deadline for responses by Parties has been extended to 15 February 2018.

Online survey on definitions of the term “pesticides”

Online survey on definitions of the term “pesticides”
 
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Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat

A Happy New Year to all Parties, partners, stakeholders and donors from the BRS Secretariat


Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat

Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat

 

PIC Circular now available

The latest version of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular is now available online.

PIC Circular now available

PIC Circular now available
 
BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution

Whilst key resolutions were adopted at the UN Environment Assembly yesterday in Nairobi on marine litter, air and soil pollution, and environment & health, BRS staff took to social media to show their support.

BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution

BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution
 
UN scientists recommend listing of 5 more chemicals

The Rotterdam and Stockholm scientific subsidiary bodies’ meetings - CRC13 and POPRC13 - successfully concluded recently in Rome, and the official Press Release is now online.

UN scientists recommend listing of 5 more chemicals

UN scientists recommend listing of 5 more chemicals
 
Outcomes of the thirteenth meeting of POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the thirteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)

The objective of this online briefing is to inform Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, observers and other stakeholders on the outcomes of the thirteenth meetings of the CRC and POPRC.

Outcomes of the thirteenth meeting of POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the thirteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)

Outcomes of the thirteenth meeting of POPs Review Committee (POPRC) and the thirteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)
 
New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning

Together with IUCN, the BRS Secretariat publishes new research showing progress on mainstreaming gender into the work of the 3 chemical conventions.

New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning

New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning
 
Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management – SAICM - invites all stakeholders to share their views through an online survey on information needs.

Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs

Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs
 
New BRS App available for all your #Detox info needs

Experts attending the forthcoming scientific meetings of the Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions can download our updated App.

New BRS App available for all your #Detox info needs

New BRS App available for all your #Detox info needs
 
Trilateral cooperation boosts Rotterdam Convention implementation

Trilateral cooperation with Italy and the European Union paves the way for Turkey’s implementation of the Rotterdam Convention.

Trilateral cooperation boosts Rotterdam Convention implementation

Trilateral cooperation boosts Rotterdam Convention implementation

On 21 September 2017, Turkey deposited its instrument of ratification in New York, becoming the 159th Party to the Rotterdam Convention. On 20 December 2017, the Convention will enter into force for Turkey.

This positive step for human health and the environment has come about as a result of much work domestically within Turkey as well as through trilateral international cooperation between Turkey, Italy, and the European Union.

Between 2015 and 2017, several national training initiatives took place in Turkey within the framework of the “Technical Assistance Programme for the Implementation of Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals Regulation”. This project is supported by the European Union and by the Italian Customs Authority and Monopolies Agency, in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

The main objective of this programme was to set in place the best scenario for sound implementation and enforcement of the obligations related to the Rotterdam Convention.

The ministries of Agriculture, Economy, Environment, Health, Trade and Labour, together with Customs Authority, were all involved in fruitful discussions around this key topic, taking into consideration that chemicals industries in Turkey employ more than 200,000 people in approximately 6,000 companies around the country in Adana, Ankara, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kocaeli and Sakarya.

In October 2017, a Turkish delegation will meet for two days with the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention in FAO Headquarters in Rome. The key provisions of the Convention will be introduced in order to initiate the journey for a smooth national implementation. Article 5 on final regulatory actions notifications, article 10 on importing responses and article 12 on export notification, will be extensively discussed as milestones of the PIC Procedure and of Information Exchange, the core business and driving force of this Convention.

Technical assistance activities in Turkey will be programmed for 2018 based on the results of the recommendations that will be presented at the end of these discussions by the Turkish delegation to the Secretariat.

For further information please contact: elisabetta.tagliati@fao.org.

Draft reports now online ahead of Rotterdam Convention scientific committee meeting

Preliminary reviews of chemicals to be considered by the next meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-13) are online.

Draft reports now online ahead of Rotterdam Convention scientific committee meeting

Draft reports now online ahead of Rotterdam Convention scientific committee meeting
 
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