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At its eighth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention elected a new Bureau and new members of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC).

Elections during Rotterdam Convention COP-8

Elections during Rotterdam Convention COP-8
 

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

 

Survey to gather information on priority actions to enhance the effectiveness of the Rotterdam convention

Survey to gather information on priority actions to enhance the effectiveness of the Rotterdam convention

Parties are invited to respond to the online survey, available in English, French and Spanish, by 31 October 2017.

Survey to gather information on priority actions to enhance the effectiveness of the Rotterdam convention

Survey to gather information on priority actions to enhance the effectiveness of the Rotterdam convention
 
Nominations required for experts to contribute to intersessional work of the Rotterdam Convention

Nominations required for experts to contribute to intersessional work of the Rotterdam Convention

Nominations for experts, are now required from Parties and others, with a deadline of 30 September 2017.

Nominations required for experts to contribute to intersessional work of the Rotterdam Convention

Nominations required for experts to contribute to intersessional work of the Rotterdam Convention
 
Busy agenda for Rotterdam Convention’s scientific body (CRC) meeting in Rome, October 2017

Busy agenda for Rotterdam Convention’s scientific body (CRC) meeting in Rome, October 2017

Scientific experts of the Chemicals Review Committee will meet from 23 to 27 October to, inter alia, consider final regulatory actions for 13 chemicals

Busy agenda for Rotterdam Convention’s scientific body (CRC) meeting in Rome, October 2017

Busy agenda for Rotterdam Convention’s scientific body (CRC) meeting in Rome, October 2017

 

New important link to support pesticide risk evaluation

New important link to support pesticide risk evaluation

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has developed a Pesticide Registration Toolkit, which can be used as a decision support system.

New important link to support pesticide risk evaluation

New important link to support pesticide risk evaluation

The Rotterdam Convention is based on information exchange on hazardous chemicals and pesticides. This includes informing on any bans or restrictions taken by Parties on a national basis through a final regulatory action. Evaluating for example the risk of pesticides and taking an informed decision can be quite challenging for some countries for many reasons such as availability of data, resources and others.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has developed a Pesticide Registration Toolkit, which can be used as a decision support system. It provides for example links to many pesticide-specific information sources such as registrations in various countries, scientific reviews, hazard classifications, pesticide properties among others. It further provides guidance on assessment methods and an inventory of risk mitigation measures. All of this can be of great value for Designated National Authorities to evaluate the risk and take a decision whether to ban or severely restrict the use of a pesticide, to decide on future import of an Annex III pesticide, or to collect evidence on a potential severely hazardous pesticide formulation (SHPF).

Hosted on FAO’s website, a link has been made available here to offer this support also to the Parties of the Rotterdam Convention.

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Rotterdam Convention COP-8 meeting report now available

The Advance English version of the report of the eighth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention is now available online.

Rotterdam Convention COP-8 meeting report now available

Rotterdam Convention COP-8 meeting report now available

 

Connecting the sound management of chemicals and waste, children’s rights, and the environment

The BRS Secretariat contributed to the recent consultation on human rights and the environment, organised alongside the June session of the Human Rights Council.

Connecting the sound management of chemicals and waste, children’s rights, and the environment

Connecting the sound management of chemicals and waste, children’s rights, and the environment

On 22nd -23rd June 2017, in parallel to the June session of the Human Rights Council, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, Prof. John Knox, held consultations on children’s rights and the environment, in view of his next report to the Human Rights Council, at which the BRS Secretariat contributed. These consultations were co-organised by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), UNICEF and Terre des Hommes.

Whereas human rights law imposes specific duties on States with respect to those particularly vulnerable to environmental harm, children being among the most vulnerable; the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions aim at “protecting human health and the environment” against harmful effects of hazardous chemicals and wastes. These objectives are crucial as the World Health Organization estimates, in its recent 2017 reports, that of the 5.9 million deaths of children under five each year, 26% are attributable to environmental causes, including due to unsound management of hazardous chemicals and wastes. Air pollution alone kills 570,000 children under five every year. Unhealthy environments interfere with the enjoyment of many fundamental rights enshrined in essential long-standing UN legal instruments – e.g. the UN Charter, the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the 1966 Covenants on civil and political rights and on economic and social rights, the 1992 Convention on the Rights of the Child, etc.: these rights include right to life, health and development, as well as many other rights, such as rights to housing, food, and clean water, etc. Climate change, as well as the unsound management of hazardous chemicals and wastes, poses a threat to the realization of many if not all of the rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Negotiated well after the rise of the environmental movement, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, now with 191 Parties, is one of the few human rights instruments that explicitly require States to take steps to protect the environment for children. The threat of environmental harm indeed affects children today and future generations.

For more information:
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Environment/SREnvironment/Pages/SRenvironmentIndex.aspx

11 individuals honoured recently as #Detox Gender Pioneers

Ten women and one man were honoured at the recent 2017 Triple COPs, recognising their outstanding contributions towards mainstreaming gender into the sound management of chemicals and wastes

11 individuals honoured recently as #Detox Gender Pioneers

11 individuals honoured recently as #Detox Gender Pioneers

 

China’s new chemical management actions pave the way towards a detoxified world

Read how China is stepping up its actions to protect human health and the environment.

China’s new chemical management actions pave the way towards a detoxified world

China’s new chemical management actions pave the way towards a detoxified world

May 2017 – China has stepped up its efforts to protect human health and environment from certain hazardous pesticides and chemicals both globally and nationally over recent years.

China was one of the first parties to submit import responses for all of the chemicals listed under Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention (RC). In 2015, in a further show of progress to notify other countries over potential dangers, it submitted five notifications for Final Regulatory Actions (FRAs) for industrial chemicals that were banned or severely restricted by the government due to their potentially harmful effects. So far this year, it has made seven notifications for pesticides and one for an industrial chemical, with subsequent submissions anticipated. 

“The importance of China’s proven commitment to prevent the unwanted trade and exchange of information over hazardous chemicals cannot be underestimated. By submitting import responses and notifications, it plays an active part in promoting shared responsibility among nations. China has demonstrated its’ willingness to be a responsible trade partner,” said FAO Agricultural Officer for the Convention, Yun Zhou.  

The RC was initially inspired by a North-South dilemma in which wealthier countries with bans on certain life threatening chemicals continued to sell them abroad. The Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure gives parties the power to take informed decision as to whether they wish to import certain hazardous chemicals and exporting parties are legally obliged not to trade those chemicals contrary to the importing countries’ decisions. Sharing information through the Convention is widely viewed as key to letting other parties know which chemicals are regulated and why. It also allows less advantaged importing countries to learn by example on how to manage toxic chemicals throughout their life cycle.

Advancing environmentally friendly practices

China remains a major producer, user and exporter of pesticides and chemicals, and the government has continually pledged to invest resources and infrastructure to reduce their risks to humans and the environment. This engagement comes despite the challenges of juggling the need to maintain rapid economic development in a sustainable manner.

In November 2016, China’s Environmental Protection Ministry hosted a series of national training workshops, with the aim of strengthening science-based decision-making, in particular in relation to risk assessment capacities. The Ministry of Agriculture, the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat and the European Commission (EC) have each pledged to maintain the momentum of the positive collaboration already initiated.

“We are in the process of formulating national chemical legislation which is fundamental for the reinforcement of the sound management of chemicals. At this very moment we are looking forward to receiving continued technical assistance from the RC Secretariat and to regular exchanges of policy and practices with developed countries,” said China’s newly appointed Designated National Authority (DNA) for the RC, Chief Engineer, Ding Qiong.

As the world’s most populous nation, with a strong economic growth over recent decades, China’s active participation in the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS) significantly contributes towards a detoxified world, the theme of this year’s Conference of the Parties (COPS 2017).

Earlier this month, FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, took part in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, a meeting focused on the initiative called, "One Belt, One Road", which sets out to expand development and trade links between Asia, Africa, Europe and South America.

FAO believes that agriculture is not only important for generating sustainable livelihoods, but also essential for ensuring food and nutrition security, preserving natural resources and biodiversity, and for promoting rural development.

China supports FAO’s South-South Cooperation programme, which has benefitted over 30 countries and produced strong impacts in developing countries.

Establishing the necessary infrastructure and capacities to manage chemicals soundly is indispensable to ensuring similar successful partnerships are upheld.

PIC Circular now available

The latest version of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular is now available online.

PIC Circular now available

PIC Circular now available
 
Now online: all photos of the 2017 Triple COPs

Browse and download the BRS photos of the chemical conventions Triple COPs, including side events, plenary, and high-level segment

Now online: all photos of the 2017 Triple COPs

Now online: all photos of the 2017 Triple COPs

 

Briefings on the outcomes of the 2017 Triple COPs to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

The online briefings will provide an overview of the main outcomes and decisions of the recent meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions that were held from 24 April to 5 May 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Briefings on the outcomes of the 2017 Triple COPs to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Briefings on the outcomes of the 2017 Triple COPs to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
 
Human rights, agriculture, environment emphasised at COPs High-Level Segment

Speeches from UNHCHR, UN FAO, and the GEF are now online

Human rights, agriculture, environment emphasised at COPs High-Level Segment

Human rights, agriculture, environment emphasised at COPs High-Level Segment

 

#DETOX Outcomes: Additional chemicals listed, new partnership on household waste established, mandate given to tackle marine plastics

Countries make important progress towards goal of a safer planet.

#DETOX Outcomes: Additional chemicals listed, new partnership on household waste established, mandate given to tackle marine plastics

#DETOX Outcomes: Additional chemicals listed, new partnership on household waste established, mandate given to tackle marine plastics
 
The 2017 Triple COPs have begun. Read the opening day speeches here

Opening day speeches from BRS’ Rolph Payet and Bill Murray, and UN Environment’s Ibrahim Thiaw are now available online.

The 2017 Triple COPs have begun. Read the opening day speeches here

The 2017 Triple COPs have begun. Read the opening day speeches here

 

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