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Enhancing the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention
Parties and others are invited to comment, by 31 March 2018, on the report analysing the legal and operational implications of priority actions to enhance the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention.

Enhancing the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention

Enhancing the effectiveness of the Rotterdam Convention
 
Outcomes of the Rotterdam Convention’s CRC-13 meeting now available
The advance English version of the report of the Chemical Review Committee’s 13th meeting, held recently in Rome, is now available online.

Outcomes of the Rotterdam Convention’s CRC-13 meeting now available

Outcomes of the Rotterdam Convention’s CRC-13 meeting now available

 

Accession by State of Palestine to Rotterdam Convention, increases total to 160 Parties
The State of Palestine has acceded to the Rotterdam Convention, depositing its instruments of accession to both the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on 29 December 2017, with entry into force on 29 March 2018.

Accession by State of Palestine to Rotterdam Convention, increases total to 160 Parties

Accession by State of Palestine to Rotterdam Convention, increases total to 160 Parties

 

Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat
A Happy New Year to all Parties, partners, stakeholders and donors from the BRS Secretariat

Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat

Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat

 

Online survey on definitions of the term “pesticides”
The deadline for responses by Parties has been extended to 15 February 2018.

Online survey on definitions of the term “pesticides”

Online survey on definitions of the term “pesticides”
 
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
 
BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution
Whilst key resolutions were adopted at the UN Environment Assembly yesterday in Nairobi on marine litter, air and soil pollution, and environment & health, BRS staff took to social media to show their support.

BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution

BRS staff members show their support for UNEA-3’s message to Beat Pollution
 
New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning
Together with IUCN, the BRS Secretariat publishes new research showing progress on mainstreaming gender into the work of the 3 chemical conventions.

New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning

New report shows progress on gender in chemical conventions’ decision-making and planning
 
Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs
The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management – SAICM - invites all stakeholders to share their views through an online survey on information needs.

Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs

Stakeholders invited to share opinions on knowledge management needs
 
New BRS App available for all your #Detox info needs
Experts attending the forthcoming scientific meetings of the Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions can download our updated App.

New BRS App available for all your #Detox info needs

New BRS App available for all your #Detox info needs
 
Trilateral cooperation boosts Rotterdam Convention implementation
Trilateral cooperation with Italy and the European Union paves the way for Turkey’s implementation of the Rotterdam Convention.

Trilateral cooperation boosts Rotterdam Convention implementation

Trilateral cooperation boosts Rotterdam Convention implementation

On 21 September 2017, Turkey deposited its instrument of ratification in New York, becoming the 159th Party to the Rotterdam Convention. On 20 December 2017, the Convention will enter into force for Turkey.

This positive step for human health and the environment has come about as a result of much work domestically within Turkey as well as through trilateral international cooperation between Turkey, Italy, and the European Union.

Between 2015 and 2017, several national training initiatives took place in Turkey within the framework of the “Technical Assistance Programme for the Implementation of Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals Regulation”. This project is supported by the European Union and by the Italian Customs Authority and Monopolies Agency, in collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization.

The main objective of this programme was to set in place the best scenario for sound implementation and enforcement of the obligations related to the Rotterdam Convention.

The ministries of Agriculture, Economy, Environment, Health, Trade and Labour, together with Customs Authority, were all involved in fruitful discussions around this key topic, taking into consideration that chemicals industries in Turkey employ more than 200,000 people in approximately 6,000 companies around the country in Adana, Ankara, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kocaeli and Sakarya.

In October 2017, a Turkish delegation will meet for two days with the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention in FAO Headquarters in Rome. The key provisions of the Convention will be introduced in order to initiate the journey for a smooth national implementation. Article 5 on final regulatory actions notifications, article 10 on importing responses and article 12 on export notification, will be extensively discussed as milestones of the PIC Procedure and of Information Exchange, the core business and driving force of this Convention.

Technical assistance activities in Turkey will be programmed for 2018 based on the results of the recommendations that will be presented at the end of these discussions by the Turkish delegation to the Secretariat.

For further information please contact: elisabetta.tagliati@fao.org.

Draft reports now online ahead of Rotterdam Convention scientific committee meeting
Preliminary reviews of chemicals to be considered by the next meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-13) are online.

Draft reports now online ahead of Rotterdam Convention scientific committee meeting

Draft reports now online ahead of Rotterdam Convention scientific committee meeting
 
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.

Online training available on sound management of chemicals and waste

Online training available on sound management of chemicals and waste
 
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.

The Rotterdam Convention now has 159 Parties, with Turkey depositing its instrument of ratification on 21 September 2017

The Rotterdam Convention now has 159 Parties, with Turkey depositing its instrument of ratification on 21 September 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.

Listing of four new chemicals in Annex III of the Convention

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.

Documents
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Dispatch of Decision Guidance Documents and request for submission of import responses on carbofuran; trichlorfon; short-chain chlorinated paraffins; and tributyltin compounds      
Decision Guidance Document for carbofuran
Decision Guidance Document for trichlorfon
Decision Guidance Document for short-chain chlorinated paraffins
Decision Guidance Document for tributyltin compounds
Depositary notification on the amendments      
Import response form
     
Instructions on completing the import response form
     
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