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Watch the new BRS video on children and pesticides
Using empty pesticide bottles to take drinking water to school is just one of the ways children are exposed to toxic chemicals, says FAO’s Elisabetta Tagliati in the latest in the BRS video series.
What role for the private sector in implementing the chemicals conventions?
Maria-Cristina Cardenas is the second in our “Countdown to the COPs” series as UNEP’s expert-of-the-day.
Malta accedes to the Rotterdam Convention, becoming the 157th Party
Malta has acceded to the Rotterdam Convention, depositing instruments to become a Party to both the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on 17 January 2017, entering into force on 17 April 2017.
Regional BRS Preparatory Meetings scheduled to ensure efficient COPs
With financial support from Switzerland, parties will consult regionally at preparatory meetings organised in March in Bangkok, Dakar, Riga and Sao Paolo.
New Deputy Executive Secretary for the BRS Secretariat
The BRS Secretariat welcomes Carlos Martin-Novella as Deputy Executive Secretary. Mr Martin-Novella, previously at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), replaces Kerstin Stendahl, who joins IPCC, as of 1 January 2017.
Now online: pre-session documents, including budget documents for consideration by the COPs
Pre-session documents for the three COPs, including the proposed programmes of work and budgets for the conventions for 2018-2019, are now available.
Online survey on the PIC Circular
The Secretariat is conducting an online survey on how Parties and others are using the PIC Circular in order to measure its user-friendliness.
Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year
The Executive Secretaries and staff wish all parties, observers, collaborators, partners and donors a peaceful and successful (Triple COPs) 2017.
Strengthening enforcement of environmental law in Europe
The Secretariat recently extended its agreement with IMPEL on illegal waste and chemicals trafficking to include cooperation relevant to all three conventions.
Rotterdam Convention works with parties, EU and NGOs to reduce pesticide risk in eastern Europe and central Asia
Tackling the legacy of an estimated half of the world’s stockpile of obsolete pesticides requires capacity-building for risk reduction and sustainable management.
Outcomes of the joint bureaux meeting
The report of the joint meeting of the COPs bureaux held on 3 and 4 November 2016 is now available.
PIC Circular now available
The latest version of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular is now available online.
Proposals to amend the Rotterdam Convention to be considered at COP-8
Two letters have been sent in October to inform Parties 6 months in advance of COP-8 of these proposals.
Do you get the monthly BRS #Detox Newsletter?
Ahead of the Triple COPs in April 2017, get the latest in everything connected to the sound management of chemicals and waste straight to your inbox each month.
Sierra Leone accedes to the Rotterdam Convention, becoming the 156th Party
Sierra Leone has acceded to the Rotterdam Convention, depositing instruments of accession to both the Rotterdam and Basel Conventions on 1 November 2016, entering into force on 30 January 2017.
Outcomes of the 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee
The advance English version of the CRC-12 meeting report is now available.
Dates agreed for high-level segment of 2017 Triple COPs
The high-level segment of the next Triple COPs is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday, 4 May and the morning of Friday, 5 May 2017.
Rotterdam Convention launches e-learning course on children and pesticides management
Social dimensions of pesticide use in agriculture are addressed through this new online course, which aims to reduce the exposure of children to pesticides.
Press Release: UN chemical experts pave way for more sustainable management of chemicals
The outcomes of the recent Rotterdam Convention CRC-12 and Stockholm Convention POPRC-12 meetings are now available online, featuring proposed new chemicals listings at the COPs in Geneva in 2017.
Pacific countries make progress on pesticides at Rotterdam Convention workshop
The Cook Islands recently hosted a workshop for 35 participants from 11 countries, who agreed 25 recommendations for making more sustainable the Pacific nations’ use of pesticides.
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