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BRS contributes to high-level political debate on sound management
BRS chief Rolph Payet participated in discussions at the High-Level Political Forum in New York, at which Sweden announced the launch of the High Ambition Alliance on Chemicals and Waste.
Regional meeting in Mozambique boosts Rotterdam Convention implementation in Southern Africa
Officials from 5 southern African countries meet in Maputo, Mozambique, for training on notification of final regulatory actions.
Report on implementation of BRS programmes of work & budgets now available
Now online: Secretariat report on the implementation of the programmes of work & budgets of the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions for the biennium 2016-2017
Preparations for Rotterdam Convention COP-9 underway
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention met from 26 to 27 June 2018 in Geneva, to discuss preparations for the RC COP-9 in 2019. The meeting report is now online.
New Executive Secretary (FAO) appointed for Rotterdam Convention
Hans Dreyer, Director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Plant Production and Protection Division, has joined the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat, ad interim and effective 1 May 2018.
Regional meeting in Uruguay builds capacity for Rotterdam Convention implementation
Designated National Authorities (DNAs) and experts in pesticide registration from Latin America come together to share experiences in support of the development and notification of Final Regulatory Actions.
New document provides clarity on Rotterdam Convention use definitions
Part of the Convention’s Resource Kit, this leaflet addresses the role of the use category and challenges that Parties may experience in this regard.
Rome workshop brings together Rotterdam Convention scientific experts from across the world
The new members of the Chemical Review Committee meet for an orientation workshop in Rome, 16 to 18 April, ahead of commencing their terms of office on 1 May.
On International Women’s Day, BRS seeks more Gender Heroes
The BRS Secretariat invites Parties and stakeholders to submit stories highlighting innovative or inspiring examples of gender mainstreaming for sound management of chemicals and waste.
The BRS Secretariat celebrates International Women’s Day
Women are disproportionately impacted by hazardous chemicals and waste. Gender mainstreaming case studies, profiles of Gender Heroes and Gender Pioneers, and the BRS Gender Action Plan are all available on our website.
Report of the Rotterdam Convention’s CRC-13 meeting now available in all languages
The final version of the report of the Chemical Review Committee’s 13th meeting is now available in the six UN languages.
Regional collaboration in West Africa boosts capacity for sound management of chemicals
Rotterdam Convention Parties in West Africa’s Sahelian region are working together to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals.
Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions’ scientific subsidiary bodies training in Brno, Czech Republic
As a timely expression of the international day of Women-in-Science on 11 February, 19 out of 22 participants at this key CRC/POPRC joint workshop are female.
BRS Secretariat staff help highlight the importance of women and girls in science
Three-quarters of the BRS Science and Technical Assistance Branch are female, adding their voices to the international day of Women and Girls in Science, 11 February.
Rotterdam Convention COP-8 meeting report - All languages now available
The final version of the report of the eighth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention is now available online in the six UN languages.
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.
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.
Season’s Greetings from the BRS Secretariat
A Happy New Year to all Parties, partners, stakeholders and donors 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.
PIC Circular now available
The latest version of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular is now available online.
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