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Save the date:  Dates and venue for the 2021 BRS COPs
The Basel Convention’s COP-15, the Rotterdam Convention’s COP-10 and the Stockholm Convention’s COP-10 will be held back-to-back in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19 to 30 July 2021.

Save the date: Dates and venue for the 2021 BRS COPs

Save the date:  Dates and venue for the 2021 BRS COPs
 
New Executive Secretary (FAO) appointed for the Rotterdam Convention
Mr Rémi Nono Womdim, Deputy Director of the Plant Production and Protection Division of FAO, has been appointed as Executive Secretary (FAO) of the Rotterdam Convention, effective 15 February 2020.

New Executive Secretary (FAO) appointed for the Rotterdam Convention

New Executive Secretary (FAO) appointed for the Rotterdam Convention
 
WEBINAR: The FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit
Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 PM (Rome Time - CET) The FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit is a decision support system for pesticide registration authorities in low- and middle income countries, designed to assist in the evaluation and authorization of pesticides. It provides links to many ...

WEBINAR: The FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit

WEBINAR: The FAO Pesticide Registration Toolkit
 
Opportunities published for supporting global work towards the sound management of chemicals & waste
Now available online: Overview of concept notes for voluntary contributions for implementing the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions, as approved by COPs in 2019.

Opportunities published for supporting global work towards the sound management of chemicals & waste

Opportunities published for supporting global work towards the sound management of chemicals & waste
 
Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings
 

Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings

Communication regarding COVID-19 and upcoming BRS meetings
 
85 million children engaged in hazardous labour affecting their health through exposure to toxic substances, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
The 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council addresses children’s rights to a healthy environment, as UN report shows that 25% of infant deaths are from preventable, environmental hazards.

85 million children engaged in hazardous labour affecting their health through exposure to toxic substances, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

85 million children engaged in hazardous labour affecting their health through exposure to toxic substances, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
 
New Rotterdam Convention video shows how science underpins decision-making on chemicals
Efforts towards sound management are backed up by science, nowhere more so than in the work of the Chemical Review Committee, as highlighted in this new short film.

New Rotterdam Convention video shows how science underpins decision-making on chemicals

New Rotterdam Convention video shows how science underpins decision-making on chemicals
 
Outcomes online of the 15th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee
The final version of the CRC-15 meeting report and decisions taken is now available in all United Nations languages.

Outcomes online of the 15th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee

Outcomes online of the 15th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee
 
50th edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular now online
Key document on Prior Informed Consent issued for 50th time, sharing information to assist and inform Parties for better decision-making regarding pesticides and chemicals.

50th edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular now online

50th edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular now online
 
Final Report of Rotterdam Convention COP-9 now online
The report of the ninth meeting of the conference of parties is now available online in the six UN languages.

Final Report of Rotterdam Convention COP-9 now online

Final Report of Rotterdam Convention COP-9 now online
 
Sub-regional workshop on pesticides equivalence builds capacity amongst Parties in Latin America
More than 50 government officials from 10 different countries and representatives of the private sector gathered recently in Buenos Aires. A new partnership between the Rotterdam Convention, industry associations and national registration authorities is envisaged. See the Argentinian government&rsqu...

Sub-regional workshop on pesticides equivalence builds capacity amongst Parties in Latin America

Sub-regional workshop on pesticides equivalence builds capacity amongst Parties in Latin America
 
More than 100 participants attend regional meeting to boost implementation of the Basel and Rotterdam conventions in Africa
Dakar, Senegal, hosts a capacity-building workshop for governments and other stakeholders working towards the sound management of chemicals and waste, including plastic waste. Funding support kindly provided by the Government of France.

More than 100 participants attend regional meeting to boost implementation of the Basel and Rotterdam conventions in Africa

More than 100 participants attend regional meeting to boost implementation of the Basel and Rotterdam conventions in Africa
 
Amendments to add two new chemicals to the Rotterdam Convention enter into force on 16 September
The amendments to list hexabromocyclododecane and phorate in Annex III enter into force on 16 September 2019. Parties are invited to provide import responses by 16 June 2020.

Amendments to add two new chemicals to the Rotterdam Convention enter into force on 16 September

Amendments to add two new chemicals to the Rotterdam Convention enter into force on 16 September

The amendments to list hexabromocyclododecane and phorate in Annex III enter into force on 16 September 2019. Parties are invited to provide import responses  by 16 June 2020.

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Letter dispatching Decision Guidance Documents and request for submission of import responses on hexabromocyclododecane and phorate Download Letter dispatching Decision Guidance Documents and request for submission of import responses on hexabromocyclododecane and phorate in English Download Letter dispatching Decision Guidance Documents and request for submission of import responses on hexabromocyclododecane and phorate in French Download Letter dispatching Decision Guidance Documents and request for submission of import responses on hexabromocyclododecane and phorate in Spanish
Decision Guidance Document for hexabromocyclododecane Download Decision Guidance Document for hexabromocyclododecane in English  Download Decision Guidance Document for hexabromocyclododecane in English Download Decision Guidance Document for hexabromocyclododecane in French  Download Decision Guidance Document for hexabromocyclododecane in French Download Decision Guidance Document for hexabromocyclododecane in Spanish  Download Decision Guidance Document for hexabromocyclododecane in Spanish
Decision Guidance Document for phorate Download Decision Guidance Document for phorate in English  Download Decision Guidance Document for phorate in English Download Decision Guidance Document for phorate in French  Download Decision Guidance Document for phorate in French Download Decision Guidance Document for phorate in Spanish  Download Decision Guidance Document for phorate in Spanish
Depositary notification with text of the amendments in the six official United Nations languages Download Depositary notification with text of the amendments in the six official United Nations languages - with cover note in English Download Depositary notification with text of the amendments in the six official United Nations languages - with cover note in French  
Import response form Download Import response form in English  Download Import response form in French  Download Import response form in Spanish 
Instructions on completing the import response form Download Instructions on completing the import response form in English  Download Instructions on completing the import response form in French  Download Instructions on completing the import response form in Spanish 

 

Four new chemicals to be considered for Rotterdam Convention listing: background preliminary documents now online
The Chemical Review Committee (CRC-15) meets from 8 to 10 October in Rome and will consider four new chemicals. Parties and Observers are now invited to comment.

Four new chemicals to be considered for Rotterdam Convention listing: background preliminary documents now online

Four new chemicals to be considered for Rotterdam Convention listing: background preliminary documents now online
 
Meeting report from the recent Rotterdam Convention COP now available
The meeting report of the recent COP-9 meeting is now accessible (advance English version).

Meeting report from the recent Rotterdam Convention COP now available

Meeting report from the recent Rotterdam Convention COP now available
 
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