17/12/2014

Caribbean Sub-regional Workshop in Support for the Ratification and Early Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

The Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention and the BCRC-Caribbean will be holding a Sub-regional Workshop for Caribbean countries in support for the Ratification and Early Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The workshop will be held from 19th to 21st January, 2015 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and is expected to be attended by Government representatives of twelve (12) Caribbean countries, representatives from additional countries within the wider Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, implementation agencies, and stakeholder organisations in the mercury issue from across the Caribbean sub-region and the LAC region.
 
The workshop is one in a series of workshops being held globally in accordance with the mandate set out by the Final Act of the Conference of the Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Kumamoto in October 2013 to facilitate activities at the regional and country level to support ratification and early implementation during the interim period in an effective and efficient manner. These workshops have been organised by the Interim Secretariat along with other relevant actors, including those under the ambit of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, in order to support for the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
 

02/12/2014

Caribbean Sub-Regional Workshop on Updating National Implementation Plans and POPs Wastes under the Stockholm Convention


The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (SBRSC) and the BCRC-Caribbean are holding a Sub-regional Workshop on Updating National Implementation Plans (NIPs) and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Wastes under the Stockholm Convention for the Caribbean. The workshop will be held from 8th to 10th December, 2014 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre. The workshop is expected to have participation from the following Caribbean countries: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
 
This training workshop aims to enhance the understanding of the Caribbean Parties of their obligations to update and review their NIPs under Article 7 of the Convention in light of the POPs listed in 2009 and 2011. This is in light of the fact that the addition of chemicals to Annexes A,B or C of the Convention triggers the need fro most Parties to review and update their NIPs in accordance with Decision SC-1/12 of the Convention. Moreover, nine (9) new chemicals were added to the Annexes in 2009, while endosulfran and  hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) were added to Annex A of the Convention in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
 

09/09/2014

Regional Invitation to Pre-qualify for the Provision of Technical Consultancy Services to the BCRC-Caribbean

The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean (BCRC-Caribbean) is an autonomous corporate body, established by Act #2 of 2008, Chapter 35:49 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Its primary mandate is to assist countries in the Caribbean to comply with and implement the provisions of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, as well as the other multilateral environmental treaties in the focal area of waste and chemicals management.

In an effort to adequately meet its mandate of service to Party States to the waste and chemicals Conventions in the Caribbean, the BCRC-Caribbean now invites all suitably qualified individuals or organizations to submit applications to prequalify for the provision of technical consultancy services in the following categories:
  • Policy and Best Practice Formulation and Implementation in the Waste and Chemicals Management Sector.
  • Institutional / Human Resource Capacity Development in the Waste and Chemicals Management Sector.
  • Design and Implementation of Training Modules and Training Programmes in Waste & Chemicals Management.
  • Public Education and Public Awareness.
  • Technology Development Implementation in Waste and Chemicals Management.

Pre-Qualification will be based on meeting minimum criteria in the areas of work experience and references, adequacy and suitability of qualifications and availability of key personnel, financial capability, and statutory and regulatory compliance.
 

08/09/2014

Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean


The BCRC-Caribbean and the Secretariat for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (SBRSC) will be hosting an Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean. The workshop will be held at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and Conference Centre in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from 8th to 10th October, 2014.

This workshop is a major component of the SBRSC-funded Sub-regional Programme on the Sound Management of Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention, which is being jointly implemented in the Caribbean by the BCRC-Caribbean and the Secretariat. This Programme seeks to address the capacity development necessary for ensuring the sound management of industrial chemicals at the national level across the region and is expected to achieve the following objectives:
  • To facilitate capacity-development of developing country Parties to assess and manage risks, prepare and communicate import responses, and take decisions on final regulatory actions for hazardous industrial chemicals listed under the Rotterdam Convention in accordance with the PIC procedure;
  • To provide an opportunity for the promotion and coordination of integrated implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; and
  • To generate on-the-ground results and experiences that will also be fed as case studies into the electronic toolbox of the Inter-Organisation Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) that assists countries at differing levels of economic, technical and institutional development to manage industrial chemicals.

07/09/2014

Special High-level Event for the Signature and Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury

In October 2013, the Government of Japan hosted the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Kumamoto, Japan, which was preceded by a preparatory meeting and ceremonial opening. The Conference allowed for the adoption of the final text of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which signified the adoption of the first new international treaty on hazardous substances in over ten (10) years.

The Minamata Convention is a legally-binding global environmentally treaty that aims to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, a toxic, heavy metal. The Convention focuses on the anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds by way of providing a framework for controlling and reducing the range of products, industries and processes where mercury is used, released and/or emitted, using a life-cycle approach.