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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

 

Successful orientation workshop leaves Rotterdam CRC members “ready to go”

Successful orientation workshop leaves Rotterdam CRC members “ready to go”

Some 24 experts of the Chemicals Review Committee took part in the recent orientation workshop, hosted by FAO in Rome from 18 to 21 April 2016.

Successful orientation workshop leaves Rotterdam CRC members “ready to go”

Successful orientation workshop leaves Rotterdam CRC members “ready to go”

Following the rotation of membership in May 2016, about half of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) members will serve for the first time as experts on this scientific body. In view of the upcoming twelfths meeting of the CRC in September 2016 and of the substantial contribution required of members towards the intersessional work, it is important to enable new members doing so and to provide them with respective tools.

Hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, 24 members of the CRC participated in the 3-day orientation workshop in Rome, Italy. The workshop intended to familiarize new members with the role and mandate of the CRC, as well as its operational procedures and policy guidance. It also provided a platform to exchange experience and transfer knowledge among the members.

Besides the presentations in plenary, a series of group exercises were undertaken using case studies, which allowed for active participation by the members and stimulated in-depth discussions .  

Some members noted that the programme was very comprehensive, the discussions and case studies helped a lot for better understanding the work of the Committee. One member stressed that the policy guidance and working procedure collected in the Handbook is a treasure for the Committee that ensures the consistency and transparency. Another member said that the knowledge gained during the workshop would also be relevant to her day-to-day work and she would share it with her colleagues.

Yun Zhou, from the FAO part of the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat, noted that “participants were extremely interested and motivated. The workshop also helped fostering efficient working relationships among the members.  We got great feedback from them. The new members feel that the workshop enabled them to effectively participate in the work of the CRC and they are “ready to go”.

For more information, please contact: Ms. Yun Zhou at Yun.Zhou@fao.org or Mr. Gamini Manuweera at gamini.manuweera@brsmeas.org.

Sustainable management of chemicals and waste at UNEA-2

Sustainable management of chemicals and waste at UNEA-2

Delivering the environmental dimension of the SDGs means achieving sustainable management of chemicals and waste, the message at UNEA-2 in Nairobi, 23-27 May.

Sustainable management of chemicals and waste at UNEA-2

Sustainable management of chemicals and waste at UNEA-2

Delivering on the environmental dimension of the SDGs requires achieving the sustainable management of chemicals and waste, that is one key message which UNEA-2 is expected to underline and re-affirm. It is also the message brought by the BRS Secretariat staff travelling to UNEA-2 in Nairobi, 23-27 May 2016. Through participation in a series of side events, panel discussions, and civil society green room events the BRS Executive Secretary Rolph Payet, and Deputy Executive Secretary Kerstin Stendahl, will promote the implementation of the BRS Conventions as part of the efforts to integrate chemicals and wastes into national implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.

The UNEA-2 Committee of the Whole (CoW) will meet throughout the week to prepare decisions for adoption. Important for chemicals and wastes will be the negotiations on the Omnibus Decision on Chemicals and Waste as a renewed commitment to strengthened implementation at national level.  Sustainable consumption and production, marine plastic debris and microplastics, and air quality as well as many cross-cutting issues will also be of relevance as pieces in the jigsaw puzzle of SDGs implementation, themes which may well be developed in more detail (further explored?) at the 2017 Triple COPs. 

On the first day, Monday 23 May at 1300, Rolph Payet will provide the Opening Remarks to UNEA-2’s first Side Event (#1), on “Advancing Sustainable Chemistry in a Sustainable Development Context”, organised by the Government of Germany, Federal Ministry of the Environment. On Wednesday 25 May at 1300, the Rotterdam Convention President, Franz Perrez from Switzerland, and Rolph Payet will act as Panellists to the UNEP-facilitated Side Event (#19) on “The mutually supportive role and benefits of MEAs and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development”.

On Thursday 26 May at 1300, Rolph Payet contributes as Panellist to the Norwegian Government’s Side Event (#24) on “Marine Litter and Microplastics”, whilst at the same time Kerstin Stendahl will moderate the Side Event (#26) on “The Impact of Childhood Exposure to Toxic Chemicals on Children’s Rights”, organised by the UN Special Rapporteur on Hazardous Substances and Wastes, co-sponsored by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNICEF. That evening at 1700, Rolph Payet will then feature as Panellist on the Global Universites Partnership/UNEP Green Room Event (#22)on “Innovation and Solutions: Environmental Education for Sustainable Development Goals”.

In addition, the BRS secretariat will have an information Booth at UNEA-2 where interested delegates will be able to access, electronically, a range of important documents and publications and where BRS staff will be asking questions of delegates concerning the SDGs and chemicals and waste. The Secretariat will also be communicating latest news and updates live and direct from Nairobi through live-tweeting on @brsmeas. Follow us on twitter in order to stay up-to-date with what is happening at this important event, which has become known as “the global parliament for the environment”.

For more information on UNEA-2 please consult the UNEP website http://web.unep.org/unea/.

Information still required on definitions of pesticides, final regulatory action, exports, and technical assistance

Information still required on definitions of pesticides, final regulatory action, exports, and technical assistance

Parties are reminded of the invitation to respond to several questionnaires to provide information sought by the Conference of the Parties by 30 April 2016.

Information still required on definitions of pesticides, final regulatory action, exports, and technical assistance

Information still required on definitions of pesticides, final regulatory action, exports, and technical assistance
 
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.

Special Programme on Chemicals and Waste: Call for Proposals Open

Special Programme on Chemicals and Waste: Call for Proposals Open

The Special Programme aims to strengthen national institutions and to promote the mainstreaming of the sound management of chemicals and waste. Key activities supported by the programme provide countries to advance institutional capacity for the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM. Activities supported by the programme intend to strengthen national capacities, monitor implementation and enforcement of legislation and regulatory frameworks, and this includes developing national plans, budgets, policies, legislation and implementation frameworks for the sound management of chemicals and wastes throughout their life-cycle and at all levels.

Fundamentally linking chemicals and waste management with the economic, environmental and social development agenda is essential to sustainable development. It creates new impetus for the implementation of international chemicals and waste agreements, as well as other relevant international commitments and policy frameworks, including the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). The integration of sound management of chemicals and waste in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a major achievement.

Project proposals should include a timeline for completion within three years. In some cases, project allocations may be increased up to a maximum of US$500,000, where adequate justification and evidence is given for a comprehensive approach to institutional strengthening at the national level and taking into account as well, the amounts of funds available in the Trust Fund.

More information on www.unep.org/chemicalsandwaste/SpecialProgramme/SpecialProgrammeCallsforProposals/tabid/1061027/Default.aspx 

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Special Programme: the first call for proposals is open until 4 July 2016

The objective of this webinar is to inform Governments about the Special Programme to support institutional strengthening at the national level for the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and SAICM.

Special Programme: the first call for proposals is open until 4 July 2016

Special Programme: the first call for proposals is open until 4 July 2016
 
Preventing illegal trade in environmentally - sensitive commodities

Green Customs Initiative: the BRS Secretariat hosts the 11th meeting of the GCI Partners in Geneva, 14-15 April 2016.

Preventing illegal trade in environmentally - sensitive commodities

Preventing illegal trade in environmentally - sensitive commodities
 
Bahrain makes record submission of 30 import responses

The Environmental Assessment and Control Department of the Supreme Council for the Environment in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has submitted 30 remaining import responses meeting its obligation under article 10 of the Rotterdam Convention.

Bahrain makes record submission of 30 import responses

Bahrain makes record submission of 30 import responses

The Environmental Assessment and Control Department of the Supreme Council for the Environment in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has submitted 30 remaining import responses meeting its obligation under article 10 of the Rotterdam Convention.

Cameroon submits 23 import responses

The Department of Standards and Control of the Ministry of the Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, has submitted 23 import responses meeting its obligation under article 10 of the Rotterdam Convention.

Cameroon submits 23 import responses

Cameroon submits 23 import responses

The Department of Standards and Control of the Ministry of the Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, has submitted 23 import responses meeting its obligation under article 10 of the Rotterdam Convention.

Key planning meeting concludes in Vientiane, Lao PDR

Development of a national action plan and priorities for implementation among the outputs of a key workshop hosted by the Lao government in Vientiane, 16 - 19 February 2016.

Key planning meeting concludes in Vientiane, Lao PDR

Key planning meeting concludes in Vientiane, Lao PDR

Hosted by the Pollution Control Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, this 4-day workshop intended to facilitate a dialogue between relevant stakeholders and identify key elements of a national plan for implementing the Convention.

Altogether 32 participants took part including officials from ten line ministries and specialist agencies of government, the academic sector, and representatives from civil society.

Discussions highlighted the difficulties in regulating and enforcing legislation aimed at protecting human health and the environment from the possible impacts of pesticides within a context where an estimated 95% of pesticide products currently available do not have labelling in the national language, and where capacity constraints - financial and human - are severe.

Christine Fuell, from the FAO part of the Rotterdam Convention, noted that “participants were extremely motivated and established a functioning communication channel across Ministries and Conventions, including also the spectrum of chemicals and wastes issues together with the Basel Convention and Stockholm Convention focal points. Lao PDR aims at becoming an excellent example for addressing synergies on a national level.”

Concrete outputs from the workshop included:

  • The elaboration of a national action plan with concrete tasks and timelines;
  • Established network among all ministries involved and the FAO office with its pesticide management programme in Lao PDR;
  • Increased understanding of synergies and SDGs (post 2015 agenda);
  • Awareness-raising on national level through coverage in the local newspaper and TV channels.

Next steps will include the administrative support for the nomination of the two new designated national authorities, the Secretariat’s support in the submission of notifications of final regulatory action (FRA) for the 55 pesticides recently banned in Lao PDR as well as the planning for a pilot project on severely hazardous pesticide formulations.

For more information, please contact: Christine.fuell@fao.org, Yun.Zhou@fao.org.

Tunisia ratifies the Rotterdam Convention

The number of Parties to the Convention rises to 155, with Tunisia’s ratification, which enters into force on 9 May 2016.

Tunisia ratifies the Rotterdam Convention

Tunisia ratifies the Rotterdam Convention

Tunisia has ratified the Rotterdam Convention, depositing its instrument of ratification with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 9 February 2016. The Convention will enter into force for Tunisia on 9 May 2016 in accordance with article 26 (2).

Tunisia’s action increases the total number of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention to 155.

More information is available from Status of ratifications.

18th February is the 4th Anniversary of the - joint - BRS Secretariat

BRS Deputy Executive Secretary, Kerstin Stendahl, outlines lessons learnt from 10 years of working on synergies.

18th February is the 4th Anniversary of the - joint - BRS Secretariat

18th February is the 4th Anniversary of the - joint - BRS Secretariat
 
Royal Kingdom of Swaziland makes record notification of 36 Import Responses

The Swaziland Environmental Authority, under the Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Affairs, made a notification of 36 Import Responses towards meeting its implementation obligations.

Royal Kingdom of Swaziland makes record notification of 36 Import Responses

Royal Kingdom of Swaziland makes record notification of 36 Import Responses
 
Watch the latest BRS science video

New film shows how science underpins decision-making for the 3 BRS conventions.

Watch the latest BRS science video

Watch the latest BRS science video
 
Call for views on compliance

The President of the COP invites Parties to share their views on outstanding issues, by 15 April 2016.

Call for views on compliance

Call for views on compliance
 
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