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Synergies app launched at 2013 COPs

Synergies app launched at 2013 COPs

Synergies app launched at 2013 COPs

The mobile app is expected to increase transparency and participation in Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm convention meetings. Available for Android and iPhone/iPads.

The Secretariat announced the release of the free mobile phone app Synergies on the opening day of the ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (COPs).

Synergies provides a window to information about the meetings of the global chemicals and wastes conventions. It gives quick and easy access to essential information about the 2013 COPs. More than 1,700 participants are expected to attend the two-week long conference.

The app provides Alerts, Schedule, Agenda, News, ExCOPs, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conference documents, and General Information for the COPs. It was designed by Zero to Heroes Media (Vancouver, Canada) working closely with the conventions' Secretariat, based in Geneva.

The free app can be downloaded from the Apple App store for iPhone/iPad users and from Google Play for Android users.

After the 2013 COPs, Synergies will continue to provide similar information at future major meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.

 

Extraordinary UN Conference Takes Historic Strides to Strengthen Chemical Safety Globally

Extraordinary UN Conference Takes Historic Strides to Strengthen Chemical Safety Globally

Extraordinary UN Conference Takes Historic Strides to Strengthen Chemical Safety Globally

UNEP and FAO team up to promote synergies between the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions in two-week chemicals and waste meeting.

Geneva, Switzerland, 11 May 2013 – The three conventions that govern chemicals and hazardous waste safety at the global level concluded their first ever jointly held meetings of the parties late Friday night in Geneva. The historic meeting, attended by nearly two thousand participants from 170 countries, as well as 80 Ministers, adopted 50 separate decisions aimed at strengthening protection against hazardous chemicals and waste.

The three legally autonomous conventions had convened the joint meeting of the conferences of the parties to strengthen cooperation and collaboration between the conventions, with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of their activities on the ground. Each convention then continued individually over the two-week period to deal with its own specific topics of the global chemicals and waste agenda before returning in a joint session at the end of the week to finalize their outcomes.

The meeting culminated in a ministerial segment on 9 and 10 May 2013 dedicated to the theme of strengthening synergies between the conventions at national, regional and global level. The ministerial segment was joined by Swiss Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva, and Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii.  The global agency leaders pledged to deepen cooperation and collaboration as part of a broader effort to raise the profile of chemicals and waste issues, promote green growth and alleviate poverty.

At its conclusion, the joint meeting acclaimed the “Geneva Statement on the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste”. The Geneva Statement welcomed the UNEP-led consultative process on financing options for chemicals and waste that has considered the need for heightened efforts to increase the political priority accorded to sound management of chemicals and waste.

In a press conference following the ministerial segment, Mr. Steiner called the conferences of the parties “a unique historic event coming at a time of unprecedented change and progress in the arena of global environmental governance. The strengthening of UNEP and the synergies process of chemicals and waste multilateral environmental agreements are complementary parts of the ongoing reform to fortify the environmental dimension of sustainable development.”

Ms. Ishii spoke of the challenges countries face protecting the planet's critical ecosystems from contamination by hazardous chemicals and waste and of GEF support for strategies to overcome them. “At this critical juncture, the Global Environment Facility is committed to its financial support to help countries address these important challenges in three ways,” said Ms. Ishii. “Assisting them in their efforts to mainstream sound chemicals management in national agendas, creating an integrated GEF chemicals and wastes focal area, and expanding engagement with the private sector.”

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said that in many countries intensive crop production has depleted agriculture’s natural resource base, jeopardizing future productivity. “To fight hunger and eradicate poverty, we will need to find more sustainable ways to produce 60 percent more food by 2050,” he said. However, he recognized that chemical pesticides would continue to be part of farming in many parts of the world in future.

“The challenge is to enable countries to manage pesticides safely, to use the right quantity, at the right time and in the right way and also to apply alternatives to hazardous pesticides. Because when we don’t, pesticides continue to pose a serious risk to human health and the environment and will eventually end up as waste. Today, half a million tons of obsolete pesticides are scattered around the developing world,” he said.

“Around 70 percent of the chemicals addressed by the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions are pesticides, and many are used in agriculture. It is in the best interest of all countries to ensure that the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions can work together, effectively and efficiently, to address various aspects of the chemical life cycle.”

The joint meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions also reviewed the impact of the arrangements put in place by governments in 2011 to strengthen synergies among the treaties.

The parties endorsed the organization of the Secretariat, and adopted a programme of work and budget individual and for joint activities of three conventions in 2014-2015. ”The parties have agreed to strengthen capacity building and technical assistance for countries by investing the savings realized over the past two years into an enhanced technical assistance programme that better meets the needs of developing countries and countries with economies in transition” said Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. “In an era of financial austerity, we have learned through synergies how to deliver more to parties while living within the economic limits faced by Governments today.”

“Much of the success of this synergies meeting is owed to the outstanding cooperation and inspired leadership of the three presidents of the conferences, Franz Perrez of Switzerland, Magdalena Balicka of Poland and Osvaldo Álvarez-Pérez of Chile,” added Mr. Willis.

The 6th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention agreed to list hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) to Annex A to the Convention with specific exemptions for expanded polystyrene and extruded polystyrene in buildings. Efforts to adopt a non-compliance mechanism, however, did not succeed in the face of continuing disagreement on how such a mechanism might function.

Basel Convention's parties, at their 11th Conference of the Parties, took decisions to strengthen compliance with the Convention. The Parties adopted a framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes, and agreed, over the next two years, to develop technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electronic and electrical wastes (e-waste).

The meeting also decided terms of reference for the newly established Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE), which aims to prevent and combat illegal traffic in hazardous and other wastes through the better implementation and enforcement of national law.

The 6th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention had considered the possible addition of five chemicals and one severely hazardous pesticide formulation to Annex III of the Convention. It agreed by consensus to add the pesticide azinphos-methyl and the industrial chemicals PentaBDE, OctaBDE and PFOS to Annex III of the Convention.[1] Listing in Annex III triggers an exchange of information between Parties and helps countries make informed decisions about future import and use of the chemicals. The addition of four substances is the highest number to be added to the Convention's prior informed consent procedure by any conference of the parties since the adoption of the Convention in 1998.

In contrast, the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention did not succeed in reaching agreement on the addition of chrysotile asbestos and a severely hazardous pesticide formulation containing paraquat to the Convention. The proposal to list chrysotile asbestos and the paraquat formulation will be considered at the next Conference of the Parties in 2015.

The joint meeting hosted a three-day Regional Fair from 1 to 3 May 2013 dedicated to the theme 'Synergies through regional delivery' and attended by 20 Stockholm Convention or Basel Convention Regional Centres and two Regional Offices of UNEP. The Fair provided the venue for the signing of bi-regional and intra-regional cooperation agreements between centres in Latin America and Caribbean, and Central and Eastern European regions in the areas of technical assistance and awareness-raising and outreach.

Note to editors:

Chemicals contribute many advantages to today's world; however their use can also pose risks to human health and the environment. To reduce this harmful global impact, three conventions have been established that regulate chemicals and hazardous waste at global level:

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal regulates the export/import of hazardous waste and waste containing hazardous chemicals. The Convention was adopted in 1989 and entered into force in 1992. It currently has 180 Parties.

Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade currently regulates information about the export/import of 47 hazardous chemicals listed in the Convention’s Annex III, 33 of which are pesticides (including 4 severely hazardous pesticide formulations) and 14 of which are industrial chemicals. The Convention was adopted in 1998 and entered into force in 2004. It currently has 152 Parties.

Unlike the Stockholm Convention, the Rotterdam Convention does not ban or restrict trade in chemicals or pesticide formulations, but serves to strengthen protection of human health and the environment by expanding the exchange of critical safety information between exporting and importing States.

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants currently regulates 23 toxic substances that are persistent, travel long distances, bioaccumulate in organisms and are toxic. The Convention was adopted in 2001 and entered into force in 2004. It currently has 179 Parties.

Contact:

Christine Fuell, Technical Senior Officer and Coordinator, Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention (FAO), Tel. +39 06 5705 3765, christine.fuell@fao.org

Michael S. Jones, Public Information Officer, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Cell +41 (0) 79 730 44 95, msjones@brsmeas.org

Nick Nuttall, Director, Division of Communication and Public Information, and UNEP Spokesperson, +254 20 7623084, nick.nuttall@unep.org

For more information, visit the 2013 COPs website: synergies.pops.int or follow the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions on Twitter @brsmeas #brscops.

 


[1]PentaBDE: Pentabromodiphenyl ether (CAS No. 32534-81-9) and pentabromodiphenyl ether commercial mixtures; OctaBDE: Octabromodiphenyl ether commercial mixtures; PFOS: Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, perfluorooctanesulfonates, perfluorooctanesulfonamides and perfluorooctanesulfonyls.

 

Side Events

Sunday 28 April

13:15 - 14:30 Side Event: Impact on the Ground

Organized by GEF

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda: GEF Side Event Download Agenda: GEF Side Event in PDF format
Review of GEF's Work on the Stockholm Convention: 2002-2013 Download Review of GEF's Work on the Stockholm Convention: 2002-2013 in PDF format
Outcomes and Lessons Learned from the Capacity Building on Obsolete and POPs Pesticides in EECCA Countries (FAO) Download Outcomes and Lessons Learned from the Capacity Building on Obsolete and POPs Pesticides in EECCA Countries (FAO) in PDF format
UNDP Support for Implementation of the Stocholm Convention (UNDP) Download UNDP Support for Implementation of the Stocholm Convention (UNDP) in PDF format
Demonstrating and Scaling-up of Sustainable Alternatives to DDT in Vector Management (UNEP) Download Demonstrating and Scaling-up of Sustainable Alternatives to DDT in Vector Management (UNEP) in PDF format
Global Monitoring Plan on POPs (UNEP) Download Global Monitoring Plan on POPs (UNEP) in PDF format
UNIDO/GEF Projects: Recent Highlights (UNIDO) Download UNIDO/GEF Projects: Recent Highlights (UNIDO) in PDF format
Integrating Social, Technological and Economic Considerations to Tackle POPs Disposal: The Belarus Experience (World Bank) Download Integrating Social, Technological and Economic Considerations to Tackle POPs Disposal: The Belarus Experience (World Bank) in PDF format

Monday 29 April

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: New POPs, POPRC’s work and PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals)

Organized by POPRC, OECD/UNEP Global PFC Group

Documents and Presentations

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Programme: New POPs, POPRC’s work and PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) Download Programme: New POPs, POPRC’s work and PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) in PDF format
Agenda: New POPs, POPRC’s work and PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) Download Agenda: New POPs, POPRC’s work and PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals) in PDF format
The need for time-limited exemptions for HBCD in expanded and extruded polystyrene insulation foams Download The need for time-limited exemptions for HBCD in expanded and extruded polystyrene insulation foams in PDF format
HBCD Proposal for listing hexabromocyclododecane in Annex A of Stockholm Convention Download HBCD Proposal for listing hexabromocyclododecane in Annex A of Stockholm Convention in PDF format
Assessment of alternatives to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) in open applications Download Assessment of alternatives to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) in open applications in PDF format
OECD/UNEP Global PFC Group Download OECD/UNEP Global PFC Group in PDF format
Overview of key concerns around PFCs (PFASs) and related scientific evidence Download Overview of key concerns around PFCs (PFASs) and related scientific evidence in PDF format

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: IOMC Toolbox for Decision Making In Chemicals Management

How the IOMC Toolbox assists governments to implement the Conventions

Organized by the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)

Documents and Presentations

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IOMC Toolbox for Decision Making In Chemicals Management Download IOMC Toolbox for Decision Making In Chemicals Management in PDF format
Introduction to the IOMC Toolbox for Decision-Making in Chemicals Management Download 
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                    Management
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Industrial Chemicals – a new scheme for the toolbox Download 
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                    – a new scheme for the toolbox
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IOMC Toolbox: Promotion and Training Download IOMC Toolbox: Promotion and Training in PDF format
The IOMC Toolbox: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and managing pesticides Download 
                    The IOMC Toolbox:
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18:15 - 19:45 Side Event: National implementation Plans

The road to implement the Stockholm Convention at national level

Organized by BRS, UNIDO, UNITAR, UNEP

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda - National Implementation Plans: the road to implement the Stockholm Convention at national level the road to implement the Stockholm Convention at national level Download 
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Presentation - The road to implement the Stockholm Convention Download Presentation - The road to implement the Stockholm Convention in PDF format
Presentation - Status of GEF Funded NIPs Download Presentation - Status of GEF Funded NIPs in PDF format
Presentation - New POPs Guidelines and Guidance for the Updating of the NIPs under the SC: UNIDO Approach Download Presentation - New POPs Guidelines and Guidance for the Updating of the NIPs under the SC: UNIDO Approach in PDF format
Presentation - National implementation plans: The road to implement the Stockholm Convention at the national level Download Presentation - National implementation plans: The road to implement the Stockholm Convention at the national level in PDF format
Presentation - UNEP: supporting implementation of the Stockholm Convention Download Presentation - UNEP: supporting implementation of the Stockholm Convention in PDF format
Presentation - Implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Honduras Download Presentation - Implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Honduras in PDF format

Tuesday 30 April

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: 2nd phase of the POPs GMP

Capacity building, human milk survey, data management and presentation, preparing for the second regional / global monitoring reports

Organized by UNEP Chemicals, WHO, RECETOX and the Secretariat

Documents and Presentations

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2nd phase of the POPs GMP: Capacity building, human milk survey, data management and presentation, preparing for the second regional / global monitoring reports Download 2nd phase of the POPs GMP: Capacity building, human milk survey, data management and presentation, preparing for the second regional / global monitoring reports in PDF format
Presentation - Global Monitoring Plan data reporting and visualization tool Download Presentation - Global Monitoring Plan data reporting and visualization tool in PDF format
Presentation - Human exposure to POPs Download Presentation - Human exposure to POPs in PDF format
Presentation - GMP implementation in four regions by UNEP/DTIE Chemicals Branch Download Presentation - GMP implementation in four regions by UNEP/DTIE Chemicals Branch in PDF format

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Safe and Effective Alternatives to the Use of DDT in Malaria Vector Control

Organized by Pesticide Action Network, Biovision Foundation and International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda: Safe and Effective Alternatives to the Use of DDT in Malaria Vector Control Download Agenda: Safe and Effective Alternatives to the Use of DDT in Malaria Vector Control in PDF format
Announcement: Safe and Effective Alternatives to the Use of DDT in Malaria Vector Control Download Announcement: Safe and Effective Alternatives to the Use of DDT in Malaria Vector Control in PDF format
Speakers Download Speakers in PDF format
Alternative methods, approaches, and tools for Malaria Control Download Alternative methods, approaches, and tools for Malaria Control in PDF format

18:15 - 19:45 Side Event: E-waste & POPs Waste

Examples from Africa and Links to the Basel & Stockholm Conventions

Organized by IPEN

Documents and Presentations

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Dumping E-waste & Recycling POPs Download Dumping E-waste & Recycling POPs in PDF format

Wednesday 1 May

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Challenges for POPs monitoring

How can we use international synergies to support the effectiveness evaluation under the Stockholm Convention?

Organized by the International Panel on Chemical Pollution, IPCP

Documents and Presentations

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Challenges for POPs monitoring – How can we use international synergies to support the effectiveness evalution under the Stockholm Convention? Download Challenges for POPs monitoring – How can we use international synergies to support the effectiveness evalution under the Stockholm Convention? in PDF format
Presentation - How can we use international synergies to support the effectiveness evalution under the Stockholm Convention? Download 
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13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Where does Africa stand on the global e-waste issue?

Organized by BCCC- Nigeria, BCRC-Egypt, BCRC/SCRCSenegal, BCRC/SCRC-South Africa and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in Africa

Documents and Presentations

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Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme Download Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme in PDF format
Agenda - WHERE DOES AFRICA STAND ON THE GLOBAL E-WASTE ISSUE? Download Agenda - WHERE DOES AFRICA STAND ON THE GLOBAL E-WASTE ISSUE? in MS-Word format
Presentation - WHERE DOES AFRICA STAND ON THE GLOBAL E-WASTE ISSUE? Download Presentation - WHERE DOES AFRICA STAND ON THE GLOBAL E-WASTE ISSUE? in PowerPoint format
Presentation - E-waste Solutions for Africa Download Presentation - E-waste Solutions for Africa in PowerPoint format
Presentation - Africa Institute Initiatives on E Waste Download Presentation - Africa Institute Initiatives on E Waste in PowerPoint format
Presentation - BCRCS- Senegal Download Presentation - BCRCS- Senegal in PowerPoint format
Presentation - E-waste Egypt Download Presentation - E-waste Egypt in PowerPoint format

18:15 - 19:45 Side Event: Communication Initiative in Awareness Raising

In Chemicals in Consumption Products in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

Organized by IPEN, GRID-Arendal

Documents and Presentations

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Chemicals in Children's Consumer Products Download Chemicals in Children's Consumer Products in PDF format

18:15 - 19:45 Side Event: Inauguration of the regional fair

Roundtable: Synergies through regional delivery

Documents and Presentations

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Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme Download Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme in PDF format
Regional Fair - Roundtable: Synergies through regional delivery Download Regional Fair - Roundtable: Synergies through regional delivery in MS-Word format

Thursday 2 May

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Network of regional centres in GRULAC

Related to their activities on obsolete pesticides, dioxins and furans and mercury

Organized by BCCC/SCRC-Uruguay and SCRC-Brazil

Documents and Presentations

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Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme Download Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme in PDF format

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Implementation of chemicals and waste MEAs: regional practice and national case

Organized by BCRC/SCRC-China and Ministry of Environmental Protection of China

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda: Implementation of Chemicals and Waste MEAs Download Agenda: Implementation of Chemicals and Waste MEAs in MS-Word format
THE STOCKHOLM CONVENTION IMPLEMENTATION IN CHINA Download 
                    THE STOCKHOLM CONVENTION
                    IMPLEMENTATION IN CHINA
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Regional Practice of Implementation of Chemicals and Waste MEAs: Ewaste and PCBs Download Regional Practice of Implementation of Chemicals and Waste MEAs: Ewaste and PCBs in PDF format

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Promoting green industries in developing countries

The case of e-waste sustainable recycling industries

Organized by Switzerland, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Documents and Presentations

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Promoting green industries in developing countries: the case of e-waste sustainable recycling industries Download Promoting green industries in developing countries: the case of e-waste sustainable recycling industries in MS-Word format
Agenda - UNIDO: Promoting green industries in developing countries: the case of e-waste sustainable recycling industries Download Agenda - UNIDO: Promoting green industries in developing countries: the case of e-waste sustainable recycling industries in PowerPoint format
Presentation - EMPA: Sustainable Recycling Industries - Advance raw materials stewardship in developing countries Download Presentation - EMPA: Sustainable Recycling Industries - Advance raw materials stewardship in developing countries in PowerPoint format
Presentation - PAN-Ethiopia: E-Waste country study Download Presentation - PAN-Ethiopia: E-Waste country study in PowerPoint format
Presentation - UNIDO: Promotion of Green Industries in Recycling Download Presentation - UNIDO: Promotion of Green Industries in Recycling in PowerPoint format

18:15 - 19:45 Side Event: Supporting Green entrepreneurship for a POPs free Mediterranean

Organized by SCRC-Spain and BCRC Egypt

Documents and Presentations

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Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme Download Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme in PDF format
Program - Supporting Green Entrepreneurs for a POPs free Mediterranean Download Program - Supporting Green Entrepreneurs for a POPs free Mediterranean in PDF format
Background Info - Paxymer: Fire safety protects people and the environment Download Background Info - Paxymer: Fire safety protects people and the environment in PDF format
Background Info - Paxymer: The green flame retardant system Download Background Info - Paxymer: The green flame retardant system in PDF format
Presentation - Paxymer: The Only Green Flame Retardant System Download Presentation - Paxymer: The Only Green Flame Retardant System in PDF format
Presentation - BCRC Egypt: Role and Achivement Download Presentation - BCRC Egypt: Role and Achivement in PowerPoint format
Presentation - Rudolf Group: Hydrophobing technology new defined Download Presentation - Rudolf Group: Hydrophobing technology new defined in PDF format
Presentation - COCO-MAT: Sleep on Nature Download Presentation - COCO-MAT: Sleep on Nature in PowerPoint format

18:15 - 19:45 Side Event: StEP toward sustainable solutions to the e-waste problem

Organized by Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative

Documents and Presentations

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StEP Side Event Agenda Download StEP Side Event Agenda in PDF format
E-waste Prevention, Take-back System Design and Policy Approaches Focussing on Transboundary flows Download 
                    E-waste Prevention, Take-back
                    System Design and Policy
                    Approaches
                    Focussing on Transboundary flows
                 in PDF format
The Definition of E-Waste Download The Definition of E-Waste in PDF format
Taking the necessary StEP forward Download Taking the necessary StEP forward in PDF format
E‐waste Academy Scientists and Managers Editions: Developing the necessary capacity Download 
                    E‐waste Academy Scientists and
                    Managers Editions:
                    Developing the necessary capacity
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Friday 3 May

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: What you need to know about the draft framework for the ESM of wastes

Organized by Japan

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda - What you need to know about the draft framework for the environmentally sound management (ESM) of wastes Download Agenda - What you need to know about the draft framework for the environmentally sound management (ESM) of wastes in PDF format
Presentation - What you need to know about the draft framework for the ESM of wastes Download Presentation - What you need to know about the draft framework for the ESM of wastes in PowerPoint format

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Supporting the implementation of the Basel and Stockholm conventions

Update on waste and WEEE initiatives by UNEP IETC and Basel Convention Regional Centres

Organized by UNEP IETC, BCCC- Nigeria, BCRC/SCRC-Iran, BCRC-Argentina, BCRC-El Salvador and BCRC-Trinidad and Tobago

Documents and Presentations

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Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme Download Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme in PDF format
Agenda - Supporting the implementation of the Basel Convention: update on waste and WEEE initiatives by UNEP IETC and Basel Convention Regional Centers Download Agenda -  Supporting the implementation of the Basel Convention: update on waste and WEEE initiatives by UNEP IETC and Basel Convention Regional Centers in MS-Word format
Backround information - Supporting the implementation of the Basel Convention: update on waste and WEEE initiatives by UNEP IETC and Basel Convention Regional Centers Download Backround information - Supporting the implementation of the Basel Convention: update on waste and WEEE initiatives by UNEP IETC and Basel Convention Regional Centers in MS-Word format
Presentation - UNITAT: Guidelines for the development of national waste management strategies Download Presentation - UNITAT: Guidelines for the development of national waste management strategies in PowerPoint format
Presentation - UNEP IETC: Proposed Global Waste Management Outlook Download Presentation - UNEP IETC: Proposed Global Waste Management Outlook in PowerPoint format
Presentation - ESM of ULAB: Recycling in Central America and the Caribbean Download Presentation - ESM of ULAB: Recycling in Central America and the Caribbean in PowerPoint format
Presentation - BCRC-Central America & Mexico: Central American WEEE Strategy Download Presentation - BCRC-Central America & Mexico: Central American WEEE Strategy in PowerPoint format
Presentation - BCRC-Caribbean: Supporting the Implementation of the Basel Convention: Update on Waste and WEEE Initiatives Download Presentation - BCRC-Caribbean: Supporting the Implementation of the Basel Convention: Update on Waste and WEEE Initiatives in PowerPoint format
Presentation - BCRC-South America: Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment in Argentina (WEEE) Download Presentation - BCRC-South America: Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment in Argentina (WEEE) in PowerPoint format
Presentation - BCCC-Africa in Nigeria: Overview of E-waste challenges in Africa Download Presentation - BCCC-Africa in Nigeria: Overview of E-waste challenges in Africa in PowerPoint format
Presentation - BCRC-Iran Download Presentation - BCRC-Iran in PowerPoint format

18:15 - 19:45 Side Event: Coordinated Destruction of Hazardous Chemicals

Organized by BCRC-El Salvador and SCRC-Brazil

Documents and Presentations

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Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme Download Regional Fair - Synergies through regional delivery Programme in PDF format
Agenda: Coordinated Destruction of Hazardous Chemicals and PBDES Management of E-waste Download Agenda: Coordinated Destruction of Hazardous Chemicals and PBDES Management of E-waste in MS-Word format
Coordinated Destruction Ozone Depleating Substances and POPs Central America Initiative Download Coordinated Destruction Ozone Depleating Substances and POPs Central America Initiative in PDF format
CETESB SHARING PRACTICES AND SUCCESS STORIES Download CETESB SHARING PRACTICES AND SUCCESS STORIES in PDF format
Federación Interamericana del Cemento Download Federación Interamericana del Cemento in PDF format
Co-processing in Cement kilns Download Co-processing in Cement kilns in PDF format
Management of PBDEs Flame Retarded Plastics from WEEE in China Download Management of PBDEs Flame Retarded Plastics from WEEE in China in PDF format

18:15 - 19:45 Side Event: Making Sure Shipbreaking is Compliant with the Basel Convention

Organized by Basel Action Network, NGO Shipbreaking Platform, Center for International Environmental Law

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda - Ensuring Shipbreaking is in Compliance with the Basel Convention Download Agenda - Ensuring Shipbreaking is in Compliance with the Basel Convention in PDF format
CIEL presentation: Ensuring shipbreaking complies with the Basel Convention Download CIEL presentation: Ensuring shipbreaking complies with the Basel Convention in PDF format

Saturday 4 May

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: PACE – progress and upcoming tasks

Organized by the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE)

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda - Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) Download Agenda - Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) in PDF format
PACE Project Groups Briefing Download PACE Project Groups Briefing in PDF format
Presentation - Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) under the Basel Convention Download Presentation - Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) under the Basel Convention in PDF format
Presentation - Refurbishment Download Presentation - Refurbishment in PDF format

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Towards the 2020 Goal of Sound Chemicals Management

Organized by SAICM

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda - Towards the 2020 Goal of Sound Chemicals Management Download Agenda - Towards the 2020 Goal of Sound Chemicals Management in MS-Word format
Programme - Towards the 2020 Goal of Sound Chemicals Management Download Programme - Towards the 2020 Goal of Sound Chemicals Management in MS-Word format
Presentation - SAICM: Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management Download Presentation - SAICM: Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management in PowerPoint format

Monday 6 May

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: E-waste related work in WIPO and ILO

Organized by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and International Labour Organization (ILO)

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda - E-waste related work in WIPO and ILO Download Agenda - E-waste related work in WIPO and ILO in PDF format
An introduction to the Patent Landscape Reports Project and WIPO’s Cooperation with UNEP, BRS Secretariat Download An introduction to the Patent Landscape Reports Project and WIPO’s Cooperation with UNEP, BRS Secretariat in PowerPoint format
The Global Impact of E-Waste – Addressing the challenge Download The Global Impact of E-Waste – Addressing the challenge in PowerPoint format
Background Info - ILO: The global impact of e-waste Addressing the challenge Download Background Info - ILO: The global impact of e-waste Addressing the challenge in PDF format

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Harmonized Electronic Reporting Systems

Harmonized Electronic Reporting Systems for Basel and Stockholm Conventions Joint Clearing House Mechanism

Organized by the Secretariat of the Basel,Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda Download Agenda in PDF format
Electronic Reporting Systems Download Electronic Reporting Systems in PowerPoint format
Joint Clearing-House Mechanism for Information exchange Download Joint Clearing-House Mechanism for Information exchange in PowerPoint format

18:15 - 19:45 Side Event: PCBs Elimination Network members meeting

Organized by UNEP Chemicals

Documents and Presentations

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Information meeting for members and others interested in PCB Download Information meeting for members and others interested in PCB in MS-Word format
Agenda - Information meeting for members and others interested in PCB Download Agenda - Information meeting for members and others interested in PCB in PDF format
Presentation - CRBAS: Best practices in PCB management in the mining industry in South America in Chile and Peru Download Presentation - CRBAS: Best practices in PCB management in the mining industry in South America in Chile and Peru in PDF format
Presentation - ETI: Expert’s Perspectives to PEN and PCB Management Download Presentation - ETI: Expert’s Perspectives to PEN and PCB Management in PDF format
Presentation - UNEP: Introduction and status 2013 Download Presentation - UNEP: Introduction and status 2013 in PDF format
Presentation: Fact Sheets for POPs Destruction Download Presentation: Fact Sheets for POPs Destruction in PDF format

Tuesday 7 May

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Catalyzing global action on highly hazardous pesticides

HHPs: A Joint Berne Declaration, FAO, Pesticide Action Network, and SAICM event on catalyzing global action on highly hazardous pesticides

Organized by the Berne Declaration, FAO,Pesticide Action Network,and SAICM

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda Download Agenda in PDF format
Paraquat Incident Reports from Mindano, Philippines Download Paraquat Incident Reports from Mindano, Philippines in PDF format
Presentation - FAO: Reducing risks of highly hazardous pesticides in Mozambique Download Presentation - FAO: Reducing risks of highly hazardous pesticides in Mozambique in PDF format
Presentation - BD: Paraquat: National Regulations and Voluntary Standards Download Presentation - BD: Paraquat: National Regulations and Voluntary Standards in PDF format
Presentation - PAN: Paraquat Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulation for listing in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention Download Presentation - PAN: Paraquat Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulation for listing in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention in PDF format
Presentation - WHO: Global tools to support action on Highly Hazardous Pesticides Download Presentation - WHO: Global tools to support action on Highly Hazardous Pesticides in PDF format

18:15 - 19:45 Side Event: DDT Global Alliance assembly

Organized by UNEP Chemicals.

Documents and Presentations

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Draft Agenda of the Second Assembly of the Global Alliance for the Development and Deployment of Products, Methods and Strategies as Alternatives to DDT for Disease Vector Control Download Draft Agenda of the Second Assembly of the Global Alliance for the Development and Deployment of Products, Methods and Strategies as Alternatives to DDT for Disease Vector Control in PDF format
Second Assembly of the Global Alliance for Alternatives to DDT Download Second Assembly of the Global Alliance for Alternatives to DDT in PDF format
Presentation - UNEP: Second meeting of the DDT Global Alliance Assembly Download Presentation - UNEP: Second meeting of the DDT Global Alliance Assembly in PDF format
Presentation - WHO: Entomology and Vector Control Landscape Download Presentation - WHO: Entomology and Vector Control Landscape in PDF format
Presentation - WHO: The Integrated Vector Management Download Presentation - WHO: The Integrated Vector Management in PDF format
David Kapindula Report from the DDT Global Alliance Steering Committee Download David Kapindula Report from the DDT Global Alliance Steering Committee in PDF format

Wednesday 8 May

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Great Asbestos Trial – an example for other countries?

Film “Dust: The Great Asbestos Trial”

Documentary and Dialogue

Organized by the Rotterdam Convention Alliance (ROCA), Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF)

Documents and Presentations

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Invitaion - Great Asbestos Trial – an example for other countries? Download Invitaion - Great Asbestos Trial – an example for other countries? in PDF format
Position Paper - Great Asbestos Trial – an example for other countries? Download Position Paper - Great Asbestos Trial – an example for other countries? in PDF format
Message from the Association of Asbestos Victims Families, Casale, Italy Download Message from the Association of Asbestos Victims Families, Casale, Italy in PDF format

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: GEF CEO and BRS Executive Secretary Forum

Organized by the GEF and the Secretariat of the Basel,Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

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Agenda - GEF CEO and BRS Executive Secretary Forum Download Agenda - GEF CEO and BRS Executive Secretary Forum in PDF format

Thursday 9 May

13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: Sustainable Synergies through Sustainable Agriculture

An FAO event on the link between Agriculture and the Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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13:15 - 14:45 Side Event: The Way Forward

Transboundary issues and environmentally sound management and disposal of wastes with persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

Organized by UNIDO, Basel Convention regional centres and partners

Documents and Presentations

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Agenda - The Way Forward: Transboundary issues and environmentally sound management and disposal of wastes with persistent organic pollutants (POPs) Download Agenda - The Way Forward: Transboundary issues and environmentally sound management and disposal of wastes with persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in MS-Word format

Side event contact person

Ms. Nalini Basavaraj
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
United Nations Environment Programme
11-13, Chemin des Anémones,
CH-1219 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0) 22 917 8383
Fax: +41 (0) 22 917 8098
Email: nalini.basavaraj@brsmeas.org