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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.

Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs

Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs

The high-level segment of the next Triple COPs is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, 4 May and the morning of Friday, 5 May 2017.

Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs

Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs
 
Proposals to amend the Rotterdam Convention to be considered at COP-8

Proposals to amend the Rotterdam Convention to be considered at COP-8

Two letters have been sent in October to inform Parties 6 months in advance of COP-8 of these proposals.

Proposals to amend the Rotterdam Convention to be considered at COP-8

Proposals to amend the Rotterdam Convention to be considered at COP-8
 
Sierra Leone accedes to the Rotterdam Convention, becoming the 156th Party

Sierra Leone accedes to the Rotterdam Convention, becoming the 156th Party

Sierra Leone has acceded to the Rotterdam Convention, depositing instruments of accession to both the Rotterdam and Basel Conventions on 1 November 2016, entering into force on 30 January 2017.

Sierra Leone accedes to the Rotterdam Convention, becoming the 156th Party

Sierra Leone accedes to the Rotterdam Convention, becoming the 156th Party
 
Outcomes of the 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee

Outcomes of the 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee

The advance English version of the CRC-12 meeting report is now available.

Outcomes of the 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee

Outcomes of the 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee
 
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Do you get the monthly BRS #Detox Newsletter?

Ahead of the Triple COPs in April 2017, get the latest in everything connected to the sound management of chemicals and waste straight to your inbox each month.

Do you get the monthly BRS #Detox Newsletter?

Do you get the monthly BRS #Detox Newsletter?
 
Rotterdam Convention launches e-learning course on children and pesticides management

Social dimensions of pesticide use in agriculture are addressed through this new online course, which aims to reduce the exposure of children to pesticides.

Rotterdam Convention launches e-learning course on children and pesticides management

Rotterdam Convention launches e-learning course on children and pesticides management

FAO recently unveiled a new e-learning course designed to raise awareness about the importance of managing pesticides and ending child labour in agriculture.

The two-hour course which focuses on pesticide risk reduction – and targets agricultural policy-makers – aims to build specific practical skills. It takes participants through a series of scenarios related to the real problematics of working in agriculture and dealing with pesticides.

“This is an invaluable resource, giving all those who sit the course a greater insight into the very real dangers toxic chemicals pose to humans and the environment. If we reach out to those in positions of power in this way, we can have an impact. The difference with this course is that it is interactive and can be followed from any location. So, I believe, it has the capacity to get our message across and for lessons to be learnt,” said Elisabetta Tagliati, Programme Officer for the Rotterdam Convention.

The e-learning course explores themes ranging from how agricultural programmes can help to prevent child labour in agriculture in addition to the national and international legislation aimed at stemming current trends.

We would like to invite all interested parties to watch and work through the course.

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
 
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
 
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
 
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.

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.

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.

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