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BRS Secretariat at UNEA-6
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions will participate in the upcoming UNEA-6 to show case the contributions of the BRS conventions to tackle the triple planetary crisis and to attain the SDGs, while highlighting ongoing cooperation with UNEP.

BRS Secretariat at UNEA-6

BRS Secretariat at UNEA-6
 
CRC-19 meeting report in languages
The report of the nineteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee is now available in all 6 UN languages.

CRC-19 meeting report in languages

CRC-19 meeting report in languages
 
Orientation workshop for members of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)
The Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention is organizing a three-day face-to-face workshop to orient members of the CRC, in preparation for the intersessional work building up to the twentieth annual meeting of the Committee (CRC-20).

Orientation workshop for members of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)

Orientation workshop for members of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC)
 
Inception workshop in Malaysia to enhance capacity in monitoring pesticide use in the field
The national project on pesticide use and incident monitoring aims to enhance capacity in monitoring pesticide use in the field, identifying those that cause severe health problems in Malaysia.

Inception workshop in Malaysia to enhance capacity in monitoring pesticide use in the field

Inception workshop in Malaysia to enhance capacity in monitoring pesticide use in the field
 
COP-11 meeting report in languages now available
The final version of the report of the Rotterdam Convention COP-11 is now available in all 6 UN languages.

COP-11 meeting report in languages now available

COP-11 meeting report in languages now available
 
BRS Secretariat Highlights of 2023
As we look back on 2023, the BRS Secretariat is proud to share with you some of the key highlights that has made this year a special one!

BRS Secretariat Highlights of 2023

BRS Secretariat Highlights of 2023
 
BRS at COP-28: How the sound management of chemicals and waste relates to climate action
The BRS Secretariat engaged in COP28 in various events and shares its takeaways from the meeting on the contribution of the sound management of chemicals and wastes to climate action.

BRS at COP-28: How the sound management of chemicals and waste relates to climate action

BRS at COP-28: How the sound management of chemicals and waste relates to climate action
 
Publication of the 58th edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular
58th edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular is now available! The PIC Circular is a key document in the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention for the operation of the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure and for the exchange of information on hazardous chemicals in international tr...

Publication of the 58th edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular

Publication of the 58th edition of the Rotterdam Convention PIC Circular
 
National Workshop for the Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention in Ecuador
This national workshop provided the opportunity to review in detail the status of implementation of the Convention in Ecuador, exchange information about its national system and unite the institutions in charge of the management of chemicals and pesticides in the country.

National Workshop for the Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention in Ecuador

National Workshop for the Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention in Ecuador
 
BRS Secretariat at the Climate Change COP28
BRS Secretariat engagement at the upcoming Climate Change COP28 to highlight the benefits of integrating the management of chemicals and waste and, circularity economy approaches, into climate actions.

BRS Secretariat at the Climate Change COP28

BRS Secretariat at the Climate Change COP28
 
Training Course on Basic Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of Meetings of the BRS Conventions
Enhance your chairing skills by taking the free, upgraded training course on Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of BRS Convention Meetings.

Training Course on Basic Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of Meetings of the BRS Conventions

Training Course on Basic Principles of Chairing and Role of the Chairs of Meetings of the BRS Conventions
 
National Workshop on the Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention in Pakistan
This national workshop provides an opportunity to review in detail the status of implementation of the Convention in Pakistan and to exchange information pertaining its national system for chemical and pesticide management.

National Workshop on the Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention in Pakistan

National Workshop on the Implementation of the Rotterdam Convention in Pakistan
 
COP-11 meeting report now available
Read the advance English version of the report of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention.

COP-11 meeting report now available

COP-11 meeting report now available
 
Listing of terbufos in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention
The amendment to list terbufos in Annex III enters into force on 22 October 2023. Parties are invited to provide their import response by 21 July 2024.

Listing of terbufos in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention

Listing of terbufos in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention

The amendment to the Convention to list terbufos in Annex III enters into force on 22 October 2023. Parties are invited to provide import responses by 21 July 2024.

Documents
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Letter dispatching the Decision Guidance Document and request for submission of import responses on terbufos  
Decision Guidance Document for terbufos
Depositary notification with text of the amendment in the six official United Nations languages  
Import response form
Instructions on completing the import response form  
The Chemical Review Committee at its 19th meeting recommends adding chlorpyrifos and mercury to the Rotterdam Convention
The Chemical Review Committee at its 19th meeting recommended that chlorpyrifos and mercury be listed in Annex III to the Convention.

The Chemical Review Committee at its 19th meeting recommends adding chlorpyrifos and mercury to the Rotterdam Convention

The Chemical Review Committee at its 19th meeting recommends adding chlorpyrifos and mercury to the Rotterdam Convention

The 19th Chemical Review Committee meeting recommended that chlorpyrifos and mercury be listed in Annex III to the Convention.

The 19th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-19) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade convened in Rome, Italy, from 3 to 6 October 2023. Held at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), CRC-19 recommended that chlorpyrifos and mercury be listed in Annex III and thus become subject to the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure of the Rotterdam Convention. The CRC experts will now start developing draft decision guidance documents to accompany the recommendations on those chemicals to be considered by the Convention’s governing body, the Conference of the Parties.

CRC-19 was chaired by Ms. Noluzuko Gwayi from South Africa, leading the intense deliberations among twenty-eight government-designated experts in chemicals management present and elected by the Conference of the Parties. Seventy-one observers representing twenty-four governments and twenty-six non-governmental organisations also participated in the meeting.

The CRC experts also finalized two draft decision guidance documents on paraquat and methyl bromide, previously recommended for listing in Annex III at the Committee’s eighteenth meeting.

The recommendations on the listing of chemicals, together with their draft decision guidance documents, will be considered during the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (COP-12), which will be held in 2025 in Geneva. Should COP-12, based on the recommendations of the Committee, decide to amend Annex III to the Convention to list these chemicals, they will become subject to the PIC procedure. This enables the currently 165 Parties to the Rotterdam Convention to take informed decisions on potential future imports of these chemicals.

Chlorpyrifos is an insecticide widely used in agriculture. It is a highly toxic organophosphate insecticide known to have adverse effects on the nervous system, particularly to children and pregnant women, and genotoxic potential, hence posing significant health risks.

Mercury is used in particular in small-scale artisanal gold mining, as well as products such as lamps, batteries, medical and measuring devices and dental amalgam. It is a toxic heavy metal that, when absorbed into the human body, can cause severe neurological and developmental issues, as well as harm to the kidneys, lungs, and other vital organs. Mercury is subject to global regulation through the Minamata Convention, which aims to mitigate and reduce its environmental and human health impacts.

Methyl bromide, historically used as a soil fumigant and pest control agent in agriculture, is known for its high toxicity to humans and the environment. Due to its adverse environmental impacts and ozone-depleting properties, methyl bromide has been listed as a controlled substance under the Montreal Protocol, leading to efforts to phase out its production and use worldwide.

Paraquat is widely used as a herbicide to control weeds in agriculture. Paraquat is highly toxic, primarily affecting the lungs, skin, and other internal organs, with ingestion or inhalation leading to severe health risks, including pulmonary fibrosis and organ failure.

The Rotterdam Convention promotes shared responsibility and facilitates cooperative efforts among its Parties to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of hazardous chemicals and pesticides.

NOTES TO EDITORS 

 

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Secretariat) brings together the three leading multilateral environmental agreements that share the common objective of protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes. 

http://www.brsmeas.org/

 

For information on pesticides under the Rotterdam Convention, contact: Christine Fuell, Executive Secretary a.i. of the Rotterdam Convention, christine.fuell@fao.org

 

For information on industrial chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention, contact: Abiola Olanipekun, Chief, Science and Technical Assistance Branch, abiola.olanipekun@un.org

 

For media inquiries, contact: Asana Greenstreet, BRS Secretariat Public Information Officer, asana.greenstreet@un.org

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