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Online training available on sound management of chemicals and waste
UNITAR, the UN’s training and research institute, and the BRS Secretariat, together offer a range of online training modules of relevance for implementing the conventions.
The Rotterdam Convention now has 159 Parties, with Turkey depositing its instrument of ratification on 21 September 2017
Turkey has ratified to the Rotterdam Convention, with an entry into force of 20 December 2017.
Listing of four new chemicals in Annex III of the Convention
The amendments to list carbofuran, trichlorfon, short-chain chlorinated paraffins and tributyltin compounds enter into force on 15 September 2017. Parties are invited to provide import responses by 15 June 2018.
Iraq, the latest country to accede to the Rotterdam Convention, becomes the 158th Party
Iraq recently acceded to the Rotterdam Convention, increasing the number of Parties to 158.
Farmers’ Field Schools assist rural communities in Cabo Verde
Secretariat staff from FAO are assisting the Government of Cabo Verde protect rural communities and the environment from the potentially harmful effects of pesticides.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
PIC Circular now available
The latest version of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular is now available online.
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
Human rights, agriculture, environment emphasised at COPs High-Level Segment
Speeches from UNHCHR, UN FAO, and the GEF are now online
#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.
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.
Nine Asian countries at Indonesia workshop share best practices for implementing Rotterdam Convention
Hosted by the Indonesian government and the Asia-Pacific Plant Protection Commission, participants set their sights on increasing notifications of hazardous pesticides and chemicals, to better protect human health and the environment
Field interviews confirm ongoing exposure to hazardous chemicals and pesticides amongst island rural families
A new Rotterdam Convention study in small island developing states (SIDs) found that whilst the use of organic alternatives is increasing, threats posed by the misues of toxic chemicals still persist.
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