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Photos of World Environment Day in Geneva, now online
Visit the BRS photo gallery to see how stakeholders came together to Beat Plastic Pollution

Photos of World Environment Day in Geneva, now online

Photos of World Environment Day in Geneva, now online

 

Convention heads meet to further improve knowledge management, access to information, and sharing
BRS chief Rolph Payet joins other MEA heads and staff in Montreux, Switzerland at the latest meeting of the Informea network, 5 to 7 June.

Convention heads meet to further improve knowledge management, access to information, and sharing

Convention heads meet to further improve knowledge management, access to information, and sharing
 
To mark World Environment Day, BRS co-hosts event on plastics solutions and innovations
Entrepreneurs and explorers come together to Beat Plastic Pollution, in the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, Tuesday 5th June. To register: goo.gl/Cu5nNH.

To mark World Environment Day, BRS co-hosts event on plastics solutions and innovations

To mark World Environment Day, BRS co-hosts event on plastics solutions and innovations

Diplomats, policy-makers, scientists, entrepreneurs and explorers come together to Beat Plastic Pollution, in the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, Tuesday 5th June.

Co-organised by UN Environment (Europe), Solar Impulse, and the BRS Secretariat, this event features the showcasing of innovative solutions to beat plastic pollution, presented through film and other media, in order to raise awareness concerning the challenges of marine litter and plastics, and to emphasise that together, we can tackle this problem.

Click here to open the programme/agenda.

To register, enter your details here: goo.gl/Cu5nNH.

For photos of the WED2018 events in Geneva please see the BRS Flickr folder:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/63284352@N08/albums/72157667795272127

 

BRS Secretariat contributes to key marine litter meeting in Nairobi
At the 1st meeting of the Ad-Hoc Expert Working Group, Carlos Martin-Novella sets out possible options under the Basel Convention for addressing this key issue.

BRS Secretariat contributes to key marine litter meeting in Nairobi

BRS Secretariat contributes to key marine litter meeting in Nairobi
 
ENFORCE: Illegal traffic experts meet in Geneva
The 3rd Meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE) takes place 15 to 16 May, with funding support from Norway.

ENFORCE: Illegal traffic experts meet in Geneva

ENFORCE: Illegal traffic experts meet in Geneva
 
BRS Secretariat congratulates Dr Segenet Kelemu, a 2018 Woman of the Decade
The Director of the Stockholm Convention’s Regional Centre in Nairobi is recognised by the Women Economic Forum (WEF) for her work on natural and sustainable ecosystems.

BRS Secretariat congratulates Dr Segenet Kelemu, a 2018 Woman of the Decade

BRS Secretariat congratulates Dr Segenet Kelemu, a 2018 Woman of the Decade

 

BRS contributes to Global Soils Symposium in Rome
The life-cycle approach to chemicals and waste is a key element to protecting soils from pollution.

BRS contributes to Global Soils Symposium in Rome

BRS contributes to Global Soils Symposium in Rome

BRS Secretariat staff are contributing to the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution, at FAO headquarters from 2 to 4 May 2018, co-organised by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), BRS Secretariat, UN Environment and the World Health Organization (WHO). The event is seen as a common platform to discuss and elaborate the latest information on the status, trends and actions (both scientific and political) on soil pollution and its threatful consequences on human health, food safety and the environment.

According to BRS Executive Secretary, Rolph Payet, “the Symposium comes at an opportune time when more and more soils are being polluted. In response, the international community is strengthening its commitments to beat pollution, implement sound management of chemicals and wastes, tackle climate change, and work towards zero hunger”.

For more information on the Symposium please contact BRS Programme Officer Melisa Lim melisa.lim@brsmeas.org or consult the event website at http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/global-symposium-on-soil-pollution/en/.

BRS Secretariat supports new initiative on combatting illegal waste shipments
A new World Customs Organisation initiative, known as Operation DEMETER IV, starts in May 2018, to monitor and control cross-border movement of waste in maritime transportation, targeting illegal waste shipments.

BRS Secretariat supports new initiative on combatting illegal waste shipments

BRS Secretariat supports new initiative on combatting illegal waste shipments

A new global World Customs Organisation (WCO) initiative, called Operation DEMETER IV, will be launched in May 2018 to monitor and control cross-border movement of waste in maritime transportation, targeting illegal waste shipments from waste-producing regions and countries to destination countries and regions.

The Operation will be conducted under the guidance of the WCO Secretariat, in close cooperation with China Customs and the WCO Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific. The BRS Secretariat will provide assistance for this new initiative. 

For more information, please visit our Enforcement Networks Fact Sheets on the World Customs Organisation page. 

Household waste experts meet in Mauritius to work on environmentally sound management
With funding support from Norway and Switzerland, the Household Waste Partnership Working Group meets to start working towards a guidance document on environmentally sound management.

Household waste experts meet in Mauritius to work on environmentally sound management

Household waste experts meet in Mauritius to work on environmentally sound management
 
Chemicals and wastes and the prevention of soil pollution
The BRS Secretariat is proud to be co-organising the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution, 2 to 4 May at FAO headquarters in Rome.

Chemicals and wastes and the prevention of soil pollution

Chemicals and wastes and the prevention of soil pollution

BRS Secretariat staff are contributing to the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution, at FAO headquarters from 2 to 4 May 2018, co-organised by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), BRS Secretariat, UN Environment and the World Health Organization (WHO). The event is seen as a common platform to discuss and elaborate the latest information on the status, trends and actions (both scientific and political) on soil pollution and its threatful consequences on human health, food safety and the environment.

According to BRS Executive Secretary, Rolph Payet, “the Symposium comes at an opportune time when more and more soils are being polluted. In response, the international community is strengthening its commitments to beat pollution, implement sound management of chemicals and wastes, tackle climate change, and work towards zero hunger”.

For more information on the Symposium please contact BRS Programme Officer Melisa Lim melisa.lim@brsmeas.org or consult the event website at http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/global-symposium-on-soil-pollution/en/.

For the Symposium's press release, including highlights of the new Report "Soil Pollution: A Hidden Reality", please go to: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1126971/icode/

Opening remarks on the occasion of the Global Symposium on soil Pollution by Mr. Carlos Martin-Novella, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

BRS Secretariat Says ‘Yes to Less’
Ever-conscious of the need to minimise waste, as required of Parties to the Basel Convention, the BRS Secretariat is contributing to the pan-UN campaign encouraging Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

BRS Secretariat Says ‘Yes to Less’

BRS Secretariat Says ‘Yes to Less’

 

Congratulations to Iran for 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
The BRS Secretariat congratulates the Islamic Republic of Iran on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of entry into force of the Basel Convention – for a Life with Less Waste.

Congratulations to Iran for 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention

Congratulations to Iran for 25 years of implementing the Basel Convention
 
With funding from Switzerland, e-waste experts meet in Geneva 17 to 19 April, to further develop Technical Guidelines
Amongst the key questions under discussion is the distinction between “waste” and “non-waste” in this fast growing waste-stream.

With funding from Switzerland, e-waste experts meet in Geneva 17 to 19 April, to further develop Technical Guidelines

With funding from Switzerland, e-waste experts meet in Geneva 17 to 19 April, to further develop Technical Guidelines
 
New pan-UN Coalition formed to tackle E-Waste
BRS, together with UN Environment, the ILO and the ITU amongst others, is part of a new coalition of UN organisations formed at the recent WSIS2018 Forum to achieve a shared goal of tackling the ever-growing issue of electronic waste.

New pan-UN Coalition formed to tackle E-Waste

New pan-UN Coalition formed to tackle E-Waste
 
BRS Secretariat marks World Water Day, 22 March
Visit or follow the @brsmeas twitter account to view a series of photos demonstrating the impacts of chemicals and waste on water.

BRS Secretariat marks World Water Day, 22 March

BRS Secretariat marks World Water Day, 22 March

 

 
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