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Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee meets for 17th time, online from 20 to 24 September, 2021
CRC-17 brings together scientists from around the world, online, with a busy agenda including the review of notifications of final regulatory actions for hazardous chemicals.
Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 3 September 2021)</span>
 
Online Segment of 2021 Triple COPs successfully concludes with key decisions adopted
More than 1,300 representatives from more than 160 countries agree key decisions to keep work towards sound management of chemicals and waste on track.
2021 Triple COPs convened online with more than 1,000 delegates, 26 to 30 July
Read the official press release as more than 150 countries join the online segment of the 2021 meetings of the Conferences of Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, & Stockholm conventions.
BRS Triple COPs: Technical trials for registered participants of the online segment of the COPs, ahead of the meetings
Officially registered participants are invited to join technical trials on 21 July and 22 July to become familiar with the use of the meeting platforms.
Triple COPs 2021: Working documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs, available online in the 6 UN languages
Pre-session documents for the online segment of the Triple COPs, including the proposed interim programmes of work & proposed budgets for the conventions for 2022, now available.
Journalists: Cover the 2021 Triple COPs on the sound management of chemicals and waste
Accreditation process now open for correspondents seeking to attend the meetings of the Conferences of Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions, (online segment) from 26 to 30 July 2021.
53d edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular now online
Key document on Prior Informed Consent issued for 53d time, sharing information to assist and inform Parties for better decision-making regarding pesticides and chemicals.
Climate change and chemicals & waste combine to threaten biodiversity
New joint report by the BRS and Minamata conventions secretariats released to mark World Environment Day.
Online workshop for Designated National Authorities highlights the importance of information exchange for implementing the Rotterdam Convention (in Spanish, from 8 June to 1 July 2021)
Capacity building workshop to strengthen capacities of DNAs in Spanish speaking countries for the notification of Final Regulatory Actions and submission of Import Responses under the Rotterdam Convention.
BRS and Minamata convention secretariats release “Key Insights” from joint study linking chemicals and waste and biodiversity
As the world marks International Biodiversity Day on 22 May, read the joint BRS/Minamata Press Release and find out more about this ground-breaking study.
The UN International Day of Biodiversity marked as BRS participates in the second Global Biodiversity Festival
Join Rolph Payet and 150 other eminent speakers at the online Global BioFest, 20 to 23 May 2021.
Online regional preparations for the online segment of the 2021 COPs begin with the African and Eastern European meetings
With thanks to Norway and Switzerland for funding support, African and Eastern European countries come together online in May, to prepare for the online segment of the 2021 COPs.
Outcomes of the resumed session of the Joint Bureaux meeting are now online
The report of the resumed session of the joint meeting of the COPs Bureaux, held online on 26 February 2021, is now available online.
Funding available for projects on the sound management of chemicals and waste
The UNEP Special Programme, open until August 2021, supports governments to implement the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions.
New Rotterdam Convention publications promote the protection of children from hazardous labour practices
Download the two new guidance manuals, produced together with FAO’s Child Labour in Agriculture Prevention Team.
On International Women’s Day, and everyday, BRS salutes women around the world working for the sound management of chemicals and waste
Read our Gender Heroes series for inspiring stories of women’s leadership on implementing at local levels the global agreements for a healthy planet.
BRS COP Bureaux agree on a way forward for the organization of the 2021 Triple COPs
The BRS COP Bureaux have agreed at their resumed joint meeting on 26 February 2021 to hold the Basel Convention’s COP-15, the Rotterdam Convention’s COP-10 and the Stockholm Convention’s COP-10, back-to-back in two segments: an online segment in 2021 and a face-to-face segment in 2...
Need more information about the Rotterdam Convention’s PIC Circular? Watch the webinar recording to learn more
The Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Circular has been published 52 times and is a key mechanism for sharing information on the trade in hazardous pesticides and chemicals.
BRS Executive Secretary addresses the Leadership Dialogue at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 22-23 February 2021
Watch Rolph Payet’s video address, which focusses on the environmental dimension for building a resilient and inclusive post-pandemic world.
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