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Funding available for projects on the sound management of chemicals and waste
The UNEP Special Programme, open until August 2021, supports governments to implement the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions.
New Rotterdam Convention publications promote the protection of children from hazardous labour practices
Download the two new guidance manuals, produced together with FAO’s Child Labour in Agriculture Prevention Team.
On International Women’s Day, and everyday, BRS salutes women around the world working for the sound management of chemicals and waste
Read our Gender Heroes series for inspiring stories of women’s leadership on implementing at local levels the global agreements for a healthy planet.
BRS COP Bureaux agree on a way forward for the organization of the 2021 Triple COPs
The BRS COP Bureaux have agreed at their resumed joint meeting on 26 February 2021 to hold the Basel Convention’s COP-15, the Rotterdam Convention’s COP-10 and the Stockholm Convention’s COP-10, back-to-back in two segments: an online segment in 2021 and a face-to-face segment in 2...
Need more information about the Rotterdam Convention’s PIC Circular? Watch the webinar recording to learn more
The Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Circular has been published 52 times and is a key mechanism for sharing information on the trade in hazardous pesticides and chemicals.
BRS Executive Secretary addresses the Leadership Dialogue at the 5th UN Environment Assembly, 22-23 February 2021
Watch Rolph Payet’s video address, which focusses on the environmental dimension for building a resilient and inclusive post-pandemic world.
Join the upcoming BRS webinars, which cover many key aspects of the three conventions’ implementation
Webinars cover the Basel Convention’s Plastic Waste Partnership, Small Grants Projects, & Strategic Framework Final Evaluation Report; the Rotterdam Convention’s export notification system; & outcomes from the Stockholm Convention’s POPRC-16 meeting.
Six months countdown to the BRS 2021 COPs starts today
This days also marks the communication of 3 proposals to amend the Basel Convention in addition to the proposals to amend Annexes III to the Rotterdam Convention and to amend Annexes A, B, and/or C of the Stockholm Convention communicated on 15 December 2020.
52d edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular now online
Key document on Prior Informed Consent issued for 52d time, sharing information to assist and inform Parties for better decision-making regarding pesticides and chemicals.
Register now for the Rotterdam Convention Webinar on Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations (in French) on 7 December 2020 at 1500 CET
Provisions under Article 6 of the Rotterdam Convention will be discussed and experiences shared on the monitoring and reporting of poisoning incidents caused by Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations.
Report of the Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee’s recent meeting (CRC-16) is now online in 6 UN languages
Also available are the draft Decision Guidance Documents (DGDs) on PFOA, its salts & PFOA-related compounds, and on decaBDE, as adopted at the meeting.
Register now for the webinar on “Bridging Guidance on Pesticide Risk Assessments”
This Rotterdam Convention webinar, in French, takes place on 9 November 2020 at 11:00 Geneva time.
Historic moment as Rotterdam Convention’s Compliance Mechanism enters into force, 6 November 2020
As established at the last Conference of Parties, the Convention’s Compliance Committee will assist individual Parties and review systemic issues of general compliance.
South-South Cooperation in implementing the Rotterdam Convention: Saint Kitts and Nevis ready to share their knowledge
Read the new BRS interview illustrating how Small Island Developing States are sharing experiences on implementing the Rotterdam Convention.
Theme for the 2021 Triple COPs announced: Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet
The Theme for the next meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, and the associated High-Level Segment, from 19 to 31 July 2021, is “Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet; Sound Management of Chemicals & Waste”.
Rotterdam Convention Webinar (in Spanish) on Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations (SHPF), Wednesday 21 October 2020
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. Wednesday, 21 October 2020 from 16:00h -17:00h, Rome time, via “Zoom”.
Another Small Island Developing State ratifies the Rotterdam Convention, bringing the total number of Parties to 164
Barbados has deposited its instrument of ratification, with entry into force on 6 January 2021.
Global agreements for a healthy planet: 9 MEAs work together to address illegal traffic
Representatives from the Barcelona Convention, CITES, Climate Change Convention, Convention on Biological Diversity, Minamata Convention, Montreal Protocol, and the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, join the Basel Convention’s Implementation and Compliance Committee online to discuss ways ...
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.
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