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Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 17 June 2021)</span>
 
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.
Triple COPs 2021: The first batch of pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs, are now online
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.
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.
Join the upcoming BRS webinars, which cover many key aspects of the three conventions’ implementation
Webinars cover the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership, Small Grants Projects, & Strategic Framework Final Evaluation Report; the Rotterdam Convention’s export notification system; & outcomes from the Stockholm Convention’s POPRC-16 meeting.
Six months countdown to the BRS 2021 COPs starts today
This days also marks the communication of 3 proposals to amend the Basel Convention in addition to the proposals to amend Annexes III to the Rotterdam Convention and to amend Annexes A, B, and/or C of the Stockholm Convention communicated on 15 December 2020.
52d edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular now online
Key document on Prior Informed Consent issued for 52d time, sharing information to assist and inform Parties for better decision-making regarding pesticides and chemicals.
Register now for the Rotterdam Convention Webinar on Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations (in French) on 7 December 2020 at 1500 CET
Provisions under Article 6 of the Rotterdam Convention will be discussed and experiences shared on the monitoring and reporting of poisoning incidents caused by Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations.
Report of the Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee’s recent meeting (CRC-16) is now online in 6 UN languages
Also available are the draft Decision Guidance Documents (DGDs) on PFOA, its salts & PFOA-related compounds, and on decaBDE, as adopted at the meeting.
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