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Don’t miss the September edition of UNEP’s Our Planet
Focusing on making our future chemical-safe, and featuring an article by BRS Executive Secretary Rolph Payet, view it here.

Don’t miss the September edition of UNEP’s Our Planet

Don’t miss the September edition of UNEP’s Our Planet

Focusing on making our future chemical-safe, and featuring an article by BRS Executive Secretary Rolph Payet

The September 2015 issue of UNEP’s flagship magazine “Our Planet; highlights how sound management of chemicals and wastes is at the core of achieving sustainable development, with contributions from a number of distinguished policy makers and experts including the BRS Executive Secretary, Rolph Payet, together with useful infographics and an introductory overview by the UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner. Please visit the UNEP Our Planet website.



SDGs under the spotlight at ICCM4 and side events
Implementing SDGs occupied a Panel Discussion at ICCM4 at which UNEP, UNITAR, BRS and Minamata secretariats urged the importance of mainstreaming chemicals and waste, echoing a call made by UNEP Chief Achim Steiner earlier this week.

SDGs under the spotlight at ICCM4 and side events

SDGs under the spotlight at ICCM4 and side events

 

New film launched as ICCM4 opens in Geneva
"Let’s get there together" urges the Fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management, which looks ahead to fulfilling the 2020 targets on sound management of chemicals.

New film launched as ICCM4 opens in Geneva

New film launched as ICCM4 opens in Geneva

 

Climate Neutral Now: UN-wide initiative launched
BRS offset 100% of its greenhouse gas emissions for 2013, as UNFCCC launches its Climate Neutral Now initiative for organisations, companies and individuals to measure, reduce and offset their emissions.

Climate Neutral Now: UN-wide initiative launched

Climate Neutral Now: UN-wide initiative launched

 

BRS presents at Expo Milano 2015
BRS and 12 other Geneva-based organizations highlighted how “International Geneva” works on food at EXPO 2015 in Milan on Saturday, 19th September.

BRS presents at Expo Milano 2015

BRS presents at Expo Milano 2015

 

Strengthening the flow of information for stakeholders
Through its participation in the UN-led Law and Environment Ontology (LEO) initiative, the BRS Secretariat aims to improve access to environmental legislation for policy makers, academics, journalists, NGOs and the general public.

Strengthening the flow of information for stakeholders

Strengthening the flow of information for stakeholders

 

Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Since April 2014, Kerstin has served as Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. Kerstin joined the Secretariat as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in November 2012.

Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Kerstin Stendahl appointed Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Since April 2014, Kerstin has served as Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

Kerstin joined the Secretariat as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in November 2012.

Kerstin leads the management of the Secretariat and performs the representational functions for the Secretariat. She is responsible for the operational implementation of the work programmes of the three conventions, overseeing their implementation, and monitoring and reporting on the delivery of the work programmes. Kerstin supervises and directs the work of the branches of the Secretariat, with a view to achieving synergies.

Formerly, Kerstin held the post of Director for international environmental governance at the Ministry of the Environment, Finland. From 2001 to 2006, she served with the Nordic Council of Ministers while based in London as Secretary for the Nordic Genetic Resources Council and helped prepare the Nordic countries for the access and benefit regime under the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Kerstin is a citizen of Finland.

Seychelles becomes 82nd party to accept Ban Amendment
Seychelles deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Ban Amendment on 15 July 2015, bringing the total number of ratifications to 82 Parties.

Seychelles becomes 82nd party to accept Ban Amendment

Seychelles becomes 82nd party to accept Ban Amendment

Seychelles deposited its instrument of acceptance of the Ban Amendment on 15 July 2015, bringing the total number of ratifications to 82 Parties.

Re-live the COPs with the new BRS videos
A new summary video film captures the 2015 Triple COPs experience and summarises key data and outcomes.

Re-live the COPs with the new BRS videos

Re-live the COPs with the new BRS videos

Watch our COPs 2015 Videos!

 









Awards at COPs honour outstanding practitioners
Representatives from Cote d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Kenya, Phillipines and Nigeria were the winners of the special BRS awards for practitioners who have benefitted from Secretariat training opportunities, and used that training for national implementation.

Awards at COPs honour outstanding practitioners

Awards at COPs honour outstanding practitioners

 

Elections during BC COP-12, RC COP-7 and SC COP-7
At the recent Triple COPs, parties elected new bureaux and members of subsidiary bodies under the conventions. More

Elections during BC COP-12, RC COP-7 and SC COP-7

Elections during BC COP-12, RC COP-7 and SC COP-7

 

Global media coverage of the 2015 Triple COPs
More than 130 articles from more than 40 countries: view the articles online.

Global media coverage of the 2015 Triple COPs

Global media coverage of the 2015 Triple COPs
 
POPs smartphone game and animated video from China
As launched at the recent Triple COPs in Geneva, the Government of China/UNDP interactive smartphone game and animated video are now available online, as part of the campaign “Stop the POPs”.

POPs smartphone game and animated video from China

POPs smartphone game and animated video from China

 

PACE E-waste award-winning photos now online
View the 4 finalist E-waste photographs honoured at the COPs, including the winning entry from Kai Loeffelbein (Germany).

PACE E-waste award-winning photos now online

PACE E-waste award-winning photos now online

 

Triple COPs on track amid calls for action
The second week of the Triple COPs is underway as parties respond to calls, including from UNEP Chief Achim Steiner, for action on urgent waste and chemicals issues

Triple COPs on track amid calls for action

Triple COPs on track amid calls for action
 
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