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Rotterdam Convention Press Release: UN experts recommend listing DecaBDE and PFOA
The 16th meeting of the Chemicals Review Committee concludes successfully online with two chemicals recommended for listing in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention at the next COP.
All you need to know for the Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee meeting, 8 to 11 September 2020
The Convention’s scientific subsidiary body meets online for CRC16, find all Working and Information documents, including on the candidate chemical PFOA, online here.
The Rotterdam Convention now has 163 Parties as Tuvalu accedes
Tuvalu has deposited its instrument of accession with the UN, entering into force on 19 November 2020.
Webinar: General Guidance on Bridging of Pesticide Risk Assessments (session in Spanish)
This webinar, on 27 August at 1000 CET, is aimed at reducing the workload of national Rotterdam Convention decision makers.
 Impact of COVID-19 on BRS meetings <span class="attentionNote">(Updated 26 August 2020)</span>
Preparations for Rotterdam Convention COP-10 underway: Bureau meeting report now available
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention met online, 9 June 2020, to discuss preparations for COP-10 in 2021. The report of that meeting is now available online.
Briefing webinars organised to help prepare for forthcoming Chemical Review Committee meeting
Issues and practicalities for the Rotterdam Convention CRC-16 meeting will be presented and discussed.
Algeria becomes the 162nd Party to the Rotterdam Convention
Having recently deposited its instrument of accession WITH the UN Depositary in New York, the convention will ENTER INTO FORCE for Algeria on 19 October 2020.
Latest BRS Newsletter is out and available online
Click here for COVID-19 medical waste news and guidance, along with other developments related to the sound management of chemicals and waste.
Webinar: The Rotterdam Convention Resource Kit explained
A Spanish-language webinar on 13 July will provide an overview of this comprehensive implementation toolkit. English and French webinars are planned for later this year.
51st edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular now online
Key document on Prior Informed Consent issued for 51st time, sharing information to assist and inform Parties for better decision-making regarding pesticides and chemicals.
Rotterdam Convention’s Final Validation Workshop takes place in Lao PDR for project on pesticides survey
Government and stakeholders address Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHP) and Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations (SHPF) at national workshop on 28 May 2020.
Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions described as environmental governance “Hits of 2019” by IISD
Read the Earth Negotiations Bulletin’s review “State of Global Environmental Governance 2019” published recently by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Key Rotterdam Convention meeting pushes ahead with planning
Preparations for the 2021 Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP) are discussed by the Rotterdam Convention’s COP Bureau, during an online meeting on 9 June 2020.
Rotterdam Convention Webinar on Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations (SHPF), Monday 8 June
The webinar explains provisions under Article 6 of the Rotterdam Convention and shares experiences on how to monitor and report poisoning incidents caused by Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations. Monday, 8 June 2020 from 14:00h -15:00h, Rome time.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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