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Advance Report of the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention Read more
Report of the Chemical Review Committee on the work of its tenth meeting Read more
Regional Coordination and Cooperation
Maximizing safety and minimizing risk of industrial chemicals are important aims for sustainable development for countries Read more
The Rotterdam Convention assists Parties to reduce risks from certain hazardous pesticides in international trade Read more
A range of activities that are tailored to the specific needs of individual countries or small groups of countries Read more
The role of customs officers in the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention Read more
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Guidance to DNAs to complete the form “notification of final regulatory action” Read more
The Secretariat hands over the signed BRS Geneva Gender Parity Pledge to Mr. Michael Moller, UNOG Director General.
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.
BRS Deputy Executive Secretary, Kerstin Stendahl, outlines lessons learnt from 10 years of working on synergies.
The President of the COP invites Parties to share their views on outstanding issues, by 15 April 2016.
Parties are invited to respond to two questionnaires to provide information sought by the Conference of the Parties.
A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2016/17 is now available on the BRS websites.
The Swaziland Environmental Authority, under the Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, made a notification of 36 Import Responses towards meeting its implementation obligations..
New film shows how science underpins decision-making for the 3 BRS conventions.
The Executive Board of the UNEP Special Programme holds its first meeting on 2 to 3 February 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The latest in the BRS interview series explores what happened, and what's next, for the Rotterdam Convention after CRC11.
The meeting report of COP-7 is now available in languages.
PIC Circular XLII December 2015 is now available.
Five African Lusophone countries gather at the FAO Representation in Portugal to identify key actions on social and environmental impact of pesticide use.
BRS Agriculture Officer Mohamed El Hady Sidatt has re-located to the Sub-Regional Office for North Africa as Tunisia passes laws to ratify the Rotterdam Convention.
Mohamed El Hady SIDATT, an Agricultural Officer in the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat in Rome, took the opportunity under FAO’s mobility policy to move to the FAO sub-regional office for North Africa, in Tunis, on 1 November 2015. He continues to work full-time on Rotterdam Convention issues, in particular focusing on delivery of technical assistance in countries in Africa and the Near East.
On 20 October 2015 the Tunisian parliament adopted and published a law to ratify the Rotterdam Convention, a key step in the ratification process. “We look forward to welcoming Tunisia as the 155th party to the Rotterdam Convention!” noted Bill Murray, Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention. “This has come about in part because of good collaboration between the Secretariat and colleagues in the Regional Office for the Near East. El Hady is well placed to support Tunisia’s implementation of the Rotterdam Convention. His presence in Tunis will strengthen contact with countries, both in encouraging ratification among non-Parties and in better understanding and responding to the need of Parties in the implementation of the Convention. This includes on key issues such as the identification of alternatives to candidate chemicals.”
El Hady has hit the ground running, during his first days in Tunis, he delivered a presentation on the work of the Convention and pesticides management, to journalists from Algeria, Morocco , Mauritania and Tunisia. We are looking forward to receiving more positive news from the sub-regional office in due course.
Government, FAO, and UNEP participants met in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 16 to 18 November 2015 to discuss synergies and integrated approaches for the sound management of pesticides and chemicals.
The 11th meeting of the Chemicals Review Committee, 26 - 28 October 2015 made recommendations to list in Annex III the pesticides carbofuran and carbosulfan.
Assisting governments to make informed decisions concerning pesticide and industrial chemical use, the Rotterdam Convention’s Chemicals Review Committee held its 11th meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, 26-28 October 2015.
The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, is jointly administered by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Convention encourages nations to help each other to safely manage chemicals in international trade.
The Rotterdam Convention does not introduce bans but facilitates the exchange of information among member governments on hazardous chemicals and pesticides, and their potential risks. The information can be used to improve national decision making. In addition, through the Prior Informed Consent or PIC Procedure, it provides a legally binding mechanism to support national decisions on the import of selected chemicals and pesticides in order to minimize the risk they pose to human health and the environment.
During its meeting this week the Chemical Review Committee (CRC), a subsidiary body of the Convention, recommended the inclusion of two additional pesticides in Annex III of the Convention. The decision to list carbofuran, one of the most toxic carbamate pesticides, and carbosulfan, a highly toxic pesticide, will be taken at the next Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (COP), in 2017. The Committee also finalized the draft Decision Guidance Documents for short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCP), and for tributyltin compounds (TBT) and agreed to submit them to the COP with a view to their adoption at its eighth meeting, together with the recommendations by the Committee to list the chemicals in Annex III to the Convention.
Kerstin Stendahl, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (UNEP), noted that the CRC provides the Rotterdam Convention with a “very solid scientific and technical basis. Through the work of the CRC we have seen hazardous chemicals and pesticides added to the PIC information procedure, thereby allowing governments to make informed decisions on the import of these. The meeting this week proved that CRC in its work is guided by scientific rigour and a commitment to the protection of human health and environment.”
The decisions this week on TBT and SCCP are an important step towards strengthening countries’ capacity to take action against unwanted imports of these chemicals,” William Murray, Executive Secretary of the FAO part of the Rotterdam Convention. “Of the pesticides considered by the Committee it is important to recognize that three were supported by notifications prepared and submitted by African countries. This is evidence that the capacity development programme of the Secretariat, working in collaboration with FAO, is having an impact and that increasingly the Convention is meeting the needs of developing counties”.
“The Chemical Review Committee has always been working in a very transparent and inclusive manner, conducting its work independently and on science-based information only” Jürgen Helbig, the current chair of the CRC noted. “I am pleased with the outcome of this eleventh CRC meeting which paves the road to the next COP. We are all working together to achieve an even stronger Rotterdam Convention and if all goes well, we will have probably more than 50 chemicals and pesticides subject to the PIC procedure by 2017.”
The meeting of the Chemicals Review Committee followed back-to-back the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee 11th meeting, 19-23 October 2015, at the same venue.
Note for Editors:
The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade creates legally binding obligations for its currently 154 parties. Its Annex currently comprises 47 chemicals and pesticides.
The Chemical Review Committee consists of thirty-one scientific experts appointed by the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention charged with undertaking scientific review of chemicals proposed for listing.
The pesticide carbofuran is a WHO class Ib pesticide and used to control insects in a wide variety of field crops, including potatoes, corn and soybeans. It is extremely toxic via the oral route and by inhalation (LD50 2 mg/kg in mice) . The systemic insecticide is also highly toxic to freshwater invertebrates and extremely toxic to birds.
Carbosulfan is a broad-spectrum carbamate insecticide used to control various insects, including locusts and different types of grasshoppers, mites and nematodes mainly on potatoes, sugar beet, rice, maize and citrus. The main metabolite of carbosulfan in plants is carbofuran. This cholinesterase inhibitor is highly toxic to birds, aquatic invertebrates and bees.
For more information, please contact:
For CRC/Rotterdam Convention: www.pic.int
For POPRC/Stockholm Convention: www.pops.int
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