Upcoming Events

Notices of upcoming meetings, conferences, training and other events in the realm of chemicals and waste management regionally and internationally:
 
 
2015

MAY 2015
The Conference to the Parties (COPs) of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions will hold their 12th (Basel) and 7th (Rotterdam and Stockholm) meetings respectively from May 04th to May 15th 2015. The meetings will include joint sessions among two or three of the COPs on joint issues. All meetings will be held at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG) in Switzerland.
The objective of holding the meetings in a coordinated manner is to strengthen the implementation of the three conventions at the national, regional and global levels, promote coherent policy guidance and enhance efficiency in the provision of support to parties. Holding the meetings back-to-back will, at the same time, allow for a more effective and coherent decision-making on policy, technical and budget matters, including on joint activities among the conventions and other specific matters, which will help identify new concrete areas where synergies can be achieved. The theme for the 2015 meetings of the COPs to the BRS Conventions is "From science to action, working for a safer tomorrow".
 

APRIL 2015
This regional workshop for GRULAC is being held in accordance with the Final Act of the Conference of Plenipotentiaries for the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which requests the Interim Secretariat to cooperate and coordinate, as appropriate, with other relevant actors, including the SBRSC in order to make full use of relevant experience and expertise.
The workshop seeks to improve the understanding of the Convention as well as familiarize stakeholders with the process for signature, ratification and implementation, and the available sources of support and possible opportunities for exchange and action in the sub-region.
 
14th - 15th April 2015: Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2015 COPs of the BRS Conventions (Montevideo, Uruguay)
In accordance with the mandate set out in Decisions BC-11/20, RC-6/12 and SC-6/25, the Secretariat for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (SBRSC) will hold a series of regional meetings to assist the regional preparatory processes for the 2015 meetings of the COPs to the BRS Conventions. The regional preparatory meeting for GRULAC is expected to provide the region with a means through which advance consultations can be held along with the possibility to consider meeting documents, discuss substantive issues, identify regional priorities and challenges and prepare regional positions.
 

MARCH 2015
24th - 26th March 2015: Training Workshop for Customs and Border Control Personnel (Georgetown, Guyana)
The Caribbean Hub for the ACP MEAs Capacity Building Project at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat will hold a regional training workshop on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) for customs and border control personnel of the CARICOM member states.


JANUARY 2015
The SIWG on Legal Clarity will meet with a view towards finalising the glossary of terms as well as preparing a range of recommendations in support of the glossary in order to ensure the complete harmonisation of the interpretation of key terminology under the Basel Convention and related guidelines and activities.
The EWG on ESM  will consider the intersessional work undertaken in order to further elaborate and implement actions on the initial work items for the implementation of ESM as well as its draft work programme for additional priorities and key work items and actions. The outcomes of this meeting, including the draft work programme and actions, will then be considered for adoption by the Basel Convention COP at its 12th meeting in May 2015.

19th - 21st January 2015: Caribbean Sub-regional Workshop in Support for the Ratification and Early Implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
This sub-regional workshop is being organised by the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention and the BCRC-Caribbean as a part of a series of workshops on the Convention during the interim period until the Convention enters into force. The workshop is expected to assist Caribbean countries as they progress towards ratification and early implementation of the Convention and its associated obligations.
The SIWG on Technical Guidelines on E-waste is expected to consider and advance the work on the draft technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electronic and electrical waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non-waste under the Basel Convention.
The SIWG will also consider and agree on the texts for paragraph 26(b) of the document UNEP/CHW/OEWG.9/INF6 rev.1 agreed at the Open-ended Working Group meeting in September 2014. All outcomes of this meeting will be considered by the 12th meeting of the Basel Convention COP in Geneva in May 2015.


 
2014

DECEMBER 2014
15th - 17th December 2014: Second Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) (Geneva, Switzerland)
The 2nd meeting of the SAICM OEWG (OEWG2) will be held in Geneva in accordance with the request of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) in its resolution II/6 that established the Working Group as its subsidiary body. The OEWG was mandated to meet a few months in advance of the Conference, which is carded to be held once more in September 2015 (ICCM4).
OEWG2 is expected to consider the implementation, development and enhancement of SAICM. The OEWG will also discuss the progress towards the SAICM 2020 goal and contribute to the ‘Overall Orientation and Guidance towards the SAICM 2020 Goal', an expected strategy policy outcome at ICCM4. The meeting will be preceded by technical briefings and informal regional and other group meetings on 14th December 2014.

08th - 10th December 2014: Caribbean Sub-Regional Workshop on Updating National Implementation Plans and POPs Wastes under the Stockholm Convention (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (SBRSC) and the BCRC-Caribbean are holding a sub-regional workshop on the updating of NIPs and on POPs wastes for the Caribbean Parties to the Stockholm Convention. This training workshop is expected to enhance the capacity of the Caribbean countries to review and update their NIPs as stipulated under Article 7 of the Convention as well as develop effective strategies and action plans towards the elimination of newly listed POPs and fulfil Convention obligations. In addition, the participants will also be trained in the technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of POPs and POPs-containing wastes under the Convention.


NOVEMBER 2014
11th - 12th November 2014: Joint Meeting of the Bureaux of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (Geneva, Switzerland)
The Bureaux of the COPs to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions will meet jointly in November in order to consider, among other things, the organization of work of the Ordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, taking place from 4 to 15 May 2015 in Geneva, and will discuss other organizational matters related to these back-to-back meetings.

3rd - 7th November 2014: 6th Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC-6) (Bangkok, Thailand)
The 6th session of the INC on Mercury (INC-6) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in accordance with the Resolution on arrangements in the Interim period adopted by the Conference of the Plenipotentiaries on the Minamata Convention on Mercury in October 2013. This meeting has been convened by the UNEP Executive Director in order to facilitate the rapid entry into force of the Convention and its effective implementation upon its entry into force in advance of the opening of the 1st meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention.


OCTOBER 2014
30th October - 01st November 2014: 6th Meeting of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Advisory Group (Bangkok, Thailand)
The Advisory Group of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership will meet back to back with the 6th Meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury. The Advisory Group is expected to evaluate the activities of the Partnership including the progress made thus far as well as the way forward including future activities and strategies to assist Governments ratify and implement the Minamata Convention. The Advisory Group will also explore ways through which it can strengthen the funding base for the Partnership and its activities.

27th - 31st October 2014: Technical and Practical Training Course on POPs and Mercury Analysis on Environmental and Biological Matrices (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
The Environmental Company of Sao Paulo State (CETESB) is holding a technical and practical training course on the analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and mercury in environmental and biological matrices. This training course, which is taking place at CETESB's facilities in Sao Paulo, is funded by the Regional Centres Small Grants Programme of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. It aims to strengthening the capacity of key experts of the national labs in the English-speaking Caribbean that are listed in the UNEP POPs Laboratory Databank, which will ultimately enhance the compliance of these countries under the Stockholm and Minamata Conventions.

27th - 30th October 2014: 10th Meeting of the Stockholm Convention Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-10) (Rome, Italy)
The 10th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention will take place in Rome, Italy from October 27th to 30th, 2014. The POPRC is the main scientific and technical subsidiary body established under the Convention, which reviews the chemicals proposed for listing under Annexes A, B and/or C in accordance with Article 8 of the Convention. During POPRC-10, the Committee is expected to review draft risk documents on pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters and on decabromodiphenyl ether as well as the possible listing of dicofol under the Convention. POPRC-10 will also review the evaluation of Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride.
The 10th session of the Chemicals Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention will take place at the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, Italy from October 22nd to 24th, 2014. The CRC follows a COP-adopted procedure to perform a preliminary review of notifications of final regulatory action for candidate chemicals and prioritising work under the Convention.
The BCRC-Caribbean and the Secretariat for the Rotterdam Convention (SRC) will be hosting an Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean  region. 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 SRC-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 SRC. The activities to be executed under this Programme will aid in increasing awareness of the Rotterdam Convention as well as develop and/or strengthen the national framework for the sound management of industrial chemicals.


SEPTEMBER 2014
25th - 26th September 2014: Regional Validation Workshop for Project 'Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
The BCRC-Caribbean in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will be hosting a Regional Validation Workshop for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded full-sized project 'Development and Implementation of a Sustainable Management Mechanism for POPs in the Caribbean'. This meeting is scheduled to take place from 25th to 26th September, 2014 at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and Conference Centre in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
The workshop is being held in order to finalise all of the technical, administrative and financial elements of the project that were discussed and advanced by the BCRC-Caribbean in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders in each of the eight (8) project countries of the Caribbean during the project preparation (PPG) phase of the project cycle. The activities undertaken during this PPG phase resulted in the preparation of the project document, which articulates all of the project components, its budget and other key elements.

24th September 2014: Special High-Level Event on the Minamata Convention on Mercury (United Nations Headquarters, New York City, USA)
The United Nations Office of Legal Affairs will be holding a special high-level event during its 2014 Treaty Event being held from 23rd to 25th September and 30th September to 1st October 2014 at the UN Headquarters. The Minamata Convention is one of 40 multilateral treaties to be highlighted during the Treaty Event, inclusive of the BRS Conventions. The special event is being held from 1:15pm to 2:30pm in order to facilitate the signing and ratification of the Minamata Convention in order to progress it's entry into force.

22nd - 24th September 2014: 11th Meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (Geneva, Switzerland)
The Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC) of the Basel Convention will hold its 11th meeting in order to continue its administration of the Convention's mechanism for compliance and implementation. The ICC will give priority to dealing with specific submissions regarding party implementation and compliance received or initiated in accordance with paragraph 9 of its terms of reference. At this meeting, the ICC is expected to consider two submissions received from Parties as well as submissions regarding eleven other Parties. Further to this, the Committee will consider general issues of implementation and compliance pertaining to national reporting, development of inventories, legislation, the control system, illegal traffic, insurance, bond and guarantee, as well as the Manual for the implementation of the Convention.
 
16th - 19th September 2014: 9th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (Geneva, Switzerland)
The 9th session of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) of the Basel Convention will take place in Geneva from September 16th to 19th, 2014. The OEWG is one of the subsidiary bodies established under the Convention to assist the COP in developing and keeping under continuous review the implementation of the Convention's work plan as well as its decisions, and specific operational policies. OEWG-9 will review, inter alia, updated technical guidelines on POPs and mercury wastes and e-waste as well as the work being performed on the national reporting format, the framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes and providing further legal clarity under the Convention.

01st - 04th September 2014: 3rd United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (Apia, Samoa)
The 3rd International Conference on SIDS will be held in order to bring global attention to the situation of these group of countries in light of their unique vulnerabilities as they work to achieve sustainable development. The Conference's overarching theme is "The sustainable development of small island developing States through genuine and durable partnerships" and will encompass a series of plenary meetings and multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues on priority areas such as sustainable economic development and water, sanitation, food security and waste management.


MAY 2014
29th - 31st May 2014: 2nd Meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management (Jakarta, Indonesia)
During it's 2nd meeting, the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management (EWG-2) will consider the intercessional work being performed by its members in order to elaborate and implement actions on initial short-term work items for the implementation of environmentally sound management (ESM). The EWG will also consider its draft work programme for additional priorities and work items and actions that will be presented to the Open-ended Working Group for its consideration during its 9th meeting as well as for the consideration of the COP at its 12th meeting.

27th - 29th May 2014: 7th Physical Meeting of the Working Group of the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) (Jakarta, Indonesia)
The PACE Working Group will hold its 7th face-to-face meeting from 27th to 29th May 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting, which is being hosted by the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South East Asia in Indonesia, is expected to facilitate and review the work being performed under PACE and its Project Groups as well as other matters under its work programme. The meeting will be preceded by a national e-waste stakeholder forum on 26th May, 2014.

 
MARCH 2014
31st - 04th April 2014: E-waste Academy Managers Edition (EWAM) 2014 (San Salvador, El Salvador)
The most recent edition of the StEP Initiative's E-waste Academy Managers Edition will once more provide policymakers, government officials and SMEs involved in e-waste management with a forum to support and enhance the practical implementation of and sharing of experiences in science-based solutions, policy development and e-waste system design among these stakeholders.
Offering participants a diverse curriculum in an innovative collaborative framework supported by various methodologies including expert lectures, workshops, group presentations, projects and site visit(s), EWAM is also expected to provide a snapshot into the current status of e-waste policy in the respective countries as well as establish a sustaining network for continued interaction upon its closure.

03rd - 05th March 2014: Pilot Training Session on Charing Meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (Glion, Switzerland)
The Secretariat of the BRS Conventions in cooperation with the Institute of Advanced Studies of the United Nations University, and through the contribution of the Government of Switzerland, has organised a training course in order to strengthen the cadre of chairs for the various meetings of the Conventions. Targeting nominated government representatives from Parties to at least one Convention, the session seeks to address practical and procedural issues encountered by chairs of international meetings, encompassing preparations for chairing, rules of procedure, administrative matters related to the operation of various meetings under the three conventions, as well as communication techniques and skills.
The training will comprise of presentations, case studies, simulation exercise and experience-sharing sessions with senior negotiators who have served previously as Chairs and who will elaborate on best practices and lessons learned.

 
FEBRUARY 2014
18th - 19th February 2014: 3rd Global Workshop on the Facilitation of the Entry into Force of the Ban Amendment (Pretoria, South Africa)
In support of Decision BC-10/3 of the COP to the Basel Convention, this workshop aims to provide relevant information to those Parties to the Convention that have not yet ratified, accepted, acceded to or approved the Ban Amendment. This 2-day workshop is also expected to achieve the facilitation of information exchange between Parties to the Convention that have not ratified, accepted, acceded to or approved the Ban Amendment and between these Parties and the Parties that have ratified it.
The target audience at the workshop will include decision-makers and the Focal Points of the Basel Convention from Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Guinea, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Namibia, Russian Federation, South Africa, Viet Nam, and United Arab Emirates.


JANUARY 2014
15th - 16th January 2014: 3rd Annual Ordinary Meeting of the BCRC-Caribbean Steering Committee (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
The Steering Committee for the BCRC-Caribbean will convene for their 3rd annual ordinary meeting pursuant to Section 11 of Act Number 2 of 2008 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago establishing the Regional Centre. The meeting will be held from 15-16 January 2014 via the Webex Platform of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions from 9am to 12pm (GMT+4) on both days. The discussions that will take place are expected to be based upon the items listed on the provisional meeting agenda available for download here.



2013

DECEMBER 2013
10th - 12th December 2013: 1st Meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management (EWG-ESM) (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
In the decision BC-11/1, the COP to the Basel Convention adopted the framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes. The COP also decided to mandate an expert working group (EWG) to further elaborate and implement actions on initial short-term work items as listed in annex II to the decision. This 25 member EWG (nominated at COP-11 in 2013) will hold its 1st meeting from 10-12 December 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In addition to developing the initial short-term items, the EWG is also expected to develop a work programme for additional priorities and key work items and actions for the implementation of environmentally sound management. This work programme is to be submitted at the 9th Meeting of the OEWG for its consideration and possible adoption at COP-12. The European Union and Japan are kindly funding this 1st physical meeting of the group.

9th - 12th December 2013: Training of the Trainers Seminar on the UNEP Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases (Pretoria, South Africa)
Following the adoption of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, UNEP will hold this training course for future trainers from the various regions in the use of its Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Mercury Releases in Pretoria from 9-12 December 2013. The training will facilitate the building of the regional expertise, through the network of Regional Centres for the UNEP chemical and wastes conventions, which will be supporting the many countries that may wish to use this toolkit.

5th - 6th December 2013: 10th Meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC) (Paris, France)
The Committee is expected to continue the consideration of its 2012-2013 work programme as well as initiate activities pertaining to its 2014-2015 work programme. As requested by the Conference of the Parties, the Committee is to give priority to dealing with specific submissions regarding party implementation and compliance received or initiated in accordance with paragraph 9 of the terms of reference. In this context, the Committee is expected to consider a submission received by Oman as well as submissions regarding the following 8 Parties: Bhutan, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Swaziland and Togo.
The ICC is also expected to consider general issues of implementation and compliance pertaining to national reporting, legislation, the control system, illegal traffic, insurance, bond and guarantee, as well as the Manual for the implementation of the Convention. A special half-day session will take place on the morning of Friday 6 December to promote a dialogue with other compliance bodies. Chairs of the compliance bodies of the ESPOO Convention, Cartagena Protocol, the Montreal Protocol, the London Protocol, the Kyoto Protocol, the International Treat on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and CITES, as well as the representatives of the Secretariats of these treaties, have been invited to attend the session.


NOVEMBER 2013
This annual joint meeting between the BCRCs and the SCRCs will focus on the enhanced coordination and collaboration among the regional centres as they exchange experiences on the provision of technical assistance. They are also expected to engage in discussions on performance and sustainability issues of the centres and ways of coordination so as to best utilize the expertise of the different centres.
The meeting might further consider additional aspects of decisions adopted by the COPs of the two Conventions such as pilot projects and activities on the coordinated use of regional centres, exchanging business or work plans on a quarterly or semi-annual basis and including links to the web pages of the three conventions. The meeting is also expected to facilitate the exchanging of experiences with resource mobilization strategies in the regions as well as the identification of possible joint resource mobilization activities.

The ENFORCE Network will hold their first meeting from 18-19 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. ENFORCE was established pursuant to Decision BC-11/8 with a mandate to promote compliance by the Parties with the Convention's provisions that apply to the prevention and combatting of illegal traffic in hazardous and other wastes  through better implementation and enforcement of national law.
Appointed and additional members and observers of the ENFORCE Network are expected to inter alia, elect a chair and a vice-chair, consider accepting additional members, exchange information on activities and identify activities that would benefit from being coordinated or jointly planned and implemented, and to deliberate on the modalities for the operation of the network.

 
OCTOBER 2013
23rd - 25th October 2013: 8th International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT) (Shanghai, China)
The Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Asia and the Pacific, UNEP, the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for Capacity-Building and the Transfer of Technology in Asia and the Pacific, The Ministry of Environmental Protection of China and other sponsors will host the 8th edition of the ICWMT in Shanghai, China. The conference aims to promote exchange and cooperation on management policy, technology and experiences on solid and hazardous waste.
In line with the spirit of "Maximize Recycling of Waste, Protect the Environment, Promote the Construction of Ecological Civilization", the theme of ICWMT8 is "Towards Ecological Civilization,". The topics up for discussion at the ICWMT8 include: waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) management policy and technology; hazardous waste management and safe disposal; industrial solid waste utilization and disposal; contaminated sites regulation and governance; circular economy and urban mining exploitation and utilization; persistent organic pollutants (POPs) waste management and disposal; scrapped vehicle recycling management and processing; biomass comprehensive utilization; and waste plastic utilisation.

20th - 25th October 2013: 9th Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-9) (Rome, Italy)
CRC-9 will be held from 22-25 October 2013, with pre-meetings on 21 October 2013, at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. In line with the procedure adopted by the Conference of the Parties for conducting a preliminary review of notifications of final regulatory action and prioritizing the work of the CRC, the Chair and Bureau, in consultation with the Secretariat, will assign Committee members to inter-sessional task groups for the preliminary review of the candidate chemicals. The task groups will have an informal pre-meeting on Monday, 21 October 2013. The purpose of the informal pre-meeting is for the task groups to finalize the preliminary reviews and their presentations to the full Committee.
Prior to the commencement of CRC-9, there will also be a joint meeting of the CRC with the Stockholm Convention’s POPs Review Committee (POPRC) on 20 October 2013. This joint meeting was agreed to by the Bureaux of the Committees and the Conferences of the Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention at their sixth meetings held from 28 April to 10 May 2013.

13th - 20th October 2013: 9th Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-9) (Rome, Italy)
POPRC-9 will be held from 14-18 October 2013, with pre-meetings on 13 October 2013, at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The POPRC will have before it proposals for listing decabromodiphenyl ether (commercial mixture, c-decaBDE) and dicofol in Annexes A, B and/or C to the Stockholm Convention. The Committee will also review, among other things, the draft risk management evaluation on chlorinated naphthalenes and hexachlorobutadiene and the draft risk profile on pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters.
Upon the conclusion of POPRC-9, there will also be a joint meeting of the POPRC with the Rotterdam Convention’s Chemical Review Committee (CRC) on 20 October 2013. This joint meeting was agreed to by the Bureaux of the Committees and the Conferences of the Parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention at their sixth meetings held from 28 April to 10 May 2013.

At the fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC-5) held in January 2013 to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury, Governments successfully completed their negotiations and agreed to the text of the “Minamata Convention on Mercury”. This text will be presented for adoption and  will be opened for signature at the Diplomatic Conference scheduled to take place at Hotel Nikko in Kumamoto and in Minamata, Japan from 9-11 October 2013. The Diplomatic Conference will be preceded by an open-ended intergovernmental preparatory meeting to be held 7-8 October 2013 in Kumamoto.


SEPTEMBER 2013
The 6th physical meeting of the PACE Working Group will be held from 23-25 September 2013 in Pretoria and is being organized and hosted by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (SBRSC) and the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the English-Speaking African countries in South Africa. The meeting is being held in order to promote the working progress of the PACE Working Group and its project groups as well as prepare for the consideration of the Ninth Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG-9) under the Basel Convention.

18th and 20th September 2013: Stakeholder Workshop on Chemical Management in the Bahamas (Nassau and Freeport, The Bahamas)
The National Chemicals Advisory Committee (NCAC) of The Bahamas is hosting two stakeholder workshops on chemicals management and associated multilateral environmental agreements to which the Bahamas is a Party on 18th and 20th September 2013. The objective of the workshops is to raise awareness and share progress on the various chemical management protocols and instrument in the Bahamas towards a national framework for chemical management in The Bahamas. The workshop will also facilitate the proposal of and agreement upon a coordination mechanism to be presented to Minister of Environment. Lastly, stakeholders will agree on a structure, timeframe and key deliverables for a sustainable data collection mechanism for on-going projects, capable of responding to the requirement of the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).

11th September 2013: Final National Workshop to support the implementation of the Stockholm Convention in Trinidad and Tobago (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is holding its final workshop in support of the development of its National Implementation Plan (NIP) for the Stockholm Convention. The workshop will be held on Wednesday 11th September 2013 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Port-of-Spain from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The workshop will allow for the presentation of the draft NIP for Trinidad and Tobago to key stakeholders and will be the medium through which stakeholder feedback and endorsement for the NIP will be obtained.

03th - 05th September 2013: Regional Globally Harmonised System (GHS) Workshop for the Caribbean (St. Ann, Jamaica)
This regional workshop on the GHS is being organised through the collaboration of the Office of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change of Jamaica, the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The workshop is being held with a view towards discussing the experiences of the Caribbean countries in their implementation of the GHS and to give consideration to the concrete issues related to GHS implementation in the region.

02th - 06th September 2013: 3rd Global Network Conference on Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (Montreaux, Switzerland)
This Conference is being convened by UNEP and UNIDO with the aim of promoting Green Industry through the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production network (RECPnet).


AUGUST 2013
The SAICM Secretariat in conjunction with the Government of Mexico is hosting the fourth regional SAICM meeting and related consultations in Mexico City from 19-22 August 2013. The aim of this meeting is to review the progress made in the implementation of SAICM and identify regional priorities. The meeting will also facilitate the exchanging of experiences and sharing of information on activities undertaken at the national and regional levels as well as provide input into the draft document on the Overall Orientation and Guidance including some concrete elements, to facilitate achievement of the 2020 goal of sound chemicals management.


JULY 2013
The Caribbean Hub Sub-Component of the Project for Capacity-Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries and the BCRC-Caribbean. are holding a Regional Training Workshop on Drafting Legislation for the Implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. The workshop will be convened at the Cascadia Hotel and Conference Centre in St. Ann’s, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from 17–19 July 2013.
This training workshop is intended to promote Caribbean Parties’ implementation of and compliance with the provisions of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Conventions) by providing training and advisory services in drafting national legislation or regulations pertaining to MEA implementation. The activity is expected to support the review, development and/or strengthening and harmonization of national legislation, regulatory and administrative frameworks and policies and will include the development and delivery of a regional training workshop.


15th - 19th July 2013: 3rd Annual Meeting of the Global E-waste Management (GEM) Network (California, United States of America)
The 2013 physical meeting of the GEM Network will be hosted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and will take place this year in Sacramento and San Francisco, California, USA from 15-19 July 2013. As in previous years, participants will include USEPA and the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan (EPAT), as well as officials from across the Asia-Pacific, African and Latin American/Caribbean regions, who are engaged in the environmentally sound management of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
This year's meeting will feature a wide range of topics and speakers with the objective of introducing international participants to the diversity of policies, programs and activities (both governmental and non-governmental) that contribute to WEEE management in the United States of America. It will also enable participants to exchange the latest experience and best practices related to WEEE management policies.

09th - 11th July 2013: BCRC-Caribbean Workshop for Capacity Development in the Environmentally Sound Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in the Caribbean (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
The BCRC-Caribbean, in collaboration with the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, is holding a three-day regional event entitled “Workshop for Capacity Development in the Environmentally Sound Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in the Caribbean”. The workshop is scheduled to take place from 09th to 11th July, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Centre in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
This workshop is being organised in recognition of the wide-reaching issues associated with the management of the complex and ever-increasing stream of used and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE/e-waste) being generated across the Caribbean. Ensuring the environmentally sound management (ESM) of this waste stream is already a priority concern for stakeholders in the sector and amongst all of the other waste issues being experienced by the Caribbean countries.


JUNE 2013
UNEP is organising this training workshop with the central theme of "The Ozone Layer and Chemical and Waste Management Challenges in the Caribbean". The workshop seeks to strengthen environmental journalism skills, provide media professionals with relevant information and inputs for transmitting messages related to environment protection and governance in the Caribbean. Its primary target audience includes editors and journalists of print, broadcast and online media, as well as news agencies in the English-speaking Caribbean.


APRIL 2013
The Conference to the Parties of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions will hold their 11th (Basel) and 6th (Rotterdam and Stockholm) meetings respectively from April 28th to May 11th 2013. The 2nd simultaneous extraordinary meeting of the three COPs (ExCOPs-2) will also be held back to back with these meetings during this period. All meetings will be held at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG) in Switzerland.
The objective of holding the meetings in a coordinated manner is to strengthen the implementation of the three conventions at the national, regional and global levels, promote coherent policy guidance and enhance efficiency in the provision of support to parties. Holding the meetings back-to-back will, at the same time, allow for a more effective and coherent decision-making on policy, technical and budget matters, including on joint activities among the conventions and other specific matters, which will help identify new concrete areas where synergies can be achieved.


MARCH 2013 
19th - 21st March 2013: Central American Workshop for Capacity Building on Environmentally Responsible Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) (San Salvador, El Salvador)
This workshop is being jointly organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Secretariat of the BRS Conventions and the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) under the Basel Convention, the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central American and Mexico, and other partners.
 It aims to promote and train participants in PACE Guidelines on environmentally sound testing, refurbishment and repair of used computing equipment as well as its guidelines on environmentally sound material recovery and recycling of end of life computing equipment. Participants will also be introduced to the ITU internationals standards (ITU-T Recommendations) and its Toolkit on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector.


FEBRUARY 2013 
This workshop is targeted at national offices who have started the process of reviewing and updating their country's National Implementation Plan (NIP) and dioxin/furan inventories to address the POPs listed in 2009 and 2011. It is organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the Environmental Company of the State of São Paulo (CETESB), which serves as a Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Brazil.

19th - 21st February 2013: BCRC-Caribbean/GEF Workshop to Enhance the Implementation of the Stockholm Convention in the Caribbean Region (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago)
The Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer is hosting a workshop in conjunction with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) from 19th to 21st February 2013. It is geared towards the key staff of the GEF Political and/or Operational Focal Points of each Party to the Stockholm Convention in the Caribbean in order to enhance the implementation of the Stockholm Convention in the Region. The goal of the workshop is to identify priority areas for support in the sphere of wastes and chemicals management. The objectives of the workshop are as follows:
  • To develop a regional programme/project in the Caribbean to assist countries to implement their obligations under the Stockholm Convention;
  • To establish a formal arrangement between the Caribbean Parties who are signatories to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions whereby the Synergies process of merging the administrative, information dissemination and project implementation components of the three conventions can be coordinated through the BCRC-Caribbean; and
  • To test an approach of using a Regional Centre set up by the Conventions to assist in the development and subsequent execution of wastes and chemical projects. 
It is expected that the workshop would lead to the preparation of a Project Concept Note (PCN). This PCN would then document the common and overlapping needs of the various member states in the region and consequently identify those projects aimed at reducing the impacts of POPs and UPOPs and other chemical wastes on the environment which can be funded by the GEF and which would be implemented on a region-wide basis, or in regional clusters, over a period of three to five years.

12th - 14th February 2013: 2nd Global Workshop on the BAN Amendment to the Basel Convention (San Salvador, El Salvador)


JANUARY 2013
The Steering Committee for the BCRC-Caribbean will convene for their 2nd annual ordinary meeting pursuant to Section 11 of Act Number 2 of 2008 of the Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago establishing the BCRC-Caribbean. The meeting will be held via the Webex Platform of the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions from 9am to 12pm (GMT+4) on 28th January 2013 and discussions will take place based on the final meeting agenda (download agenda here).

22nd - 23rd January 2013: 2nd National Workshop for the Development of the National Profile for the Stockholm Convention in Trinidad & Tobago (Couva, Trinidad and Tobago)
The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources will be convening a two (2) workshop for the Development of the National Profile for the Stockholm Convention in Trinidad and Tobago from 22nd to 23rd January 2013. The workshop will be held on both days at the Rudranath Capildeo Learning Resource Centre in McBean, Couva in Trinidad beginning at 8.30am. The workshop is being held as part of a project to prepare a National Implementation Plan (NIP) for the Stockholm Convention being spearheaded by the Ministry with the support of the UNDP. The workshop will address two major components of this project: the socio-economic assessment for managing POPs and the development of a national profile on chemical and waste management in Trinidad and Tobago. The workshop is meant to sensitize relevant stakeholders on the activities involved and their role in these components as well as present their findings.

21st - 23rd January 2013: 3rd Meeting of the Technical Expert Group to develop a framework for the ESM of Wastes (Geneva, Switzerland)
At its third meeting, the Expert Group will further develop the draft framework for the environmentally sound management (ESM) of hazardous wastes and other wastes, building on progress made at its first and second meetings. The draft framework is to be submitted to the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) of the Basel Convention, in May 2013, for consideration and possible adoption.

The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury (INC5) will be held from 13th to 18th January 2013. The meeting will take place at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG) in Geneva, Switzerland. The work during this session will contribute to the preparation of a global legally-binding instrument on mercury. The goal is to complete the negotiations before the 27th regular session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of UNEP in February 2013.


2012

DECEMBER 2012
The Joint Meeting of the Bureaux of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions will be held from December 13th to 14th at the International Environment House in Geneva, Switzerland. At the meeting, the Bureaux members will deliberate and decide upon the organisation of work to take place at the ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the BRS COPs which will be held from April 28th to May 11th 2013.


NOVEMBER 2012
The United Nations Environment Programme – International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP/IETC), the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) along with the local support of the Association of Wastes Studies of Argentina (ARS) is hosting a seminar and workshop entitled "Status and challenges for hazardous waste in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region” in the context of “New training resources in hazardous waste management”. The event has been developed within the framework of a project currently being undertaken by the aforementioned partners to update the existing Training Resource Pack on Hazardous Waste Management for Trainers and Communicators (TRP). The event is expected to establish a network of regional trainers and practitioners who can contribute to a new version of the TRP for use in Latin America and the Caribbean.

08th - 09th November 2012: Ninth meeting of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee (Geneva, Switzerland)
The 9th meeting of the Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC) of the Basel Convention will take place in Geneva from November 08th to 09th 2012. The ICC is one of the subsidiary bodies established under the Convention and is charged with administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance with the Basel Convention. Its objective is to assist Parties to comply with their obligations under the Convention and to facilitate, promote, monitor and aim to secure the implementation of and compliance with the obligations under the Convention.

05th - 06th November 2012: Global Partnership on Waste Management (GPWM) Biennium Conference (Osaka, Japan)
The 1st biennial conference of the GPWM is being held in Osaka from 5th to 6th November 2012. This conference aims to bring together stakeholders from governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and the international development community to discuss challenges, opportunities and new trends in waste management.


OCTOBER 2012
15th - 20th October 2012: International Workshop on Management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Taipei, Taiwan)
This workshop builds on the 2011 Electronics Management Dialogue held in Taipei and co-hosted by United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and EPA-Taiwan (EPAT), which was the first in a series of international activities on e-waste. The 2011 meeting focused broadly on the e-waste management system in Taiwan and enabled participants from the Asia-Pacific, Latin American and African regions to share their goals and priorities related to e-waste management. Some common challenges identified during this dialogue included the need for policies, technology and facilities that support environmentally sound e-waste recycling, a lack of formal collection channels and related tracking and incentive systems, and transboundary movement of e-waste and related enforcement.
In order to support environmental officials seeking to meet these challenges and in response to participants’ request for more information on how Taiwan developed its policies and practices, EPAT and EPA are co-hosting a workshop to present, in detail, EPAT’s “4-in-1” recycling system. This system supports environmentally sound e-waste recycling, collection systems, and tracking of the movement of used electronics in Taiwan, using fees from electronics producers, importers and retailers to subsidize licensed electronics collectors and recyclers.

01st - 02nd October 2012: Meeting of the Basel & Stockholm Conventions Regional Centres (Geneva, Switzerland)
This is a joint annual meeting amongst the Directors of the Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres (BCRCs/BCCCs) and the Stockholm Convention Regional Centres (SCRCs) worldwide. The meeting aims to enhance cooperation and coordination between the regional centres in light of global synergistic efforts within the chemicals and hazardous waste cluster.


SEPTEMBER 2012
The 8th session of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) of the Basel Convention will take place in Geneva from September 25th to 28th 2012. The OEWG is one of the subsidiary bodies established under the Convention to assist the COP in developing and keeping under continuous review the implementation of the Convention's work plan as well as its decisions, and specific operational policies.

17th - 21st September 2012: Third Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3) (Nairobi, Kenya)
ICCM3 will review the progress made in the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) since its adoption in 2006. The Conference will also evaluate implementation, address emerging policy issues, consider new activities for addition to the Global Plan of Action, evaluate the financing of the Strategic Approach, and take strategic decisions for the future.


JULY 2012 
18th - 20th July 2012: Multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on E-waste management (Osaka, Japan)
UNEP IETC is having a multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on E-waste management from 18 to 20 July 2012 in Osaka, Japan. The policy dialogue is expected to take place between Governments and the private sector, with inputs from intergovernmental organizations, academia and public interest group. It is designed to:
  • Review current public-private sector cooperation on end-of-life e-products and e-waste in countries participating in the workshop; and
  • Identify best practices and barriers to be overcome in order to enhance public-private sector cooperation to achieve optimal management of end-of-life e-products and e-waste in the future.
Based on the dialogue, the meeting is expected to develop a Call for Action, which will set out recommendations on possible steps for establishing public-private cooperation on the management of end-of life e-goods and e-wastes, and on measures required to make such cooperation efficient and effective. To this end, a small informal drafting group will be set up in advance of the dialogue under the leadership of IETC to prepare an initial draft Call for Action. The draft will then be shared with key participants through exchange of e-mails and possibly a conference call, in order to obtain broad input and support.

11th July 2012: E-Waste Recyclers Meeting with the Basel Convention Regional Centre for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago)
The BCRC-Caribbean will be hosting a meeting in order to facilitate the discussion and sharing of opinions on what the E-waste recycling industry here in Trinidad and Tobago and, by extension, the wider Caribbean needs from Governments in terms of an enabling policy framework to make it worthwhile for the private sector to invest in ‘green’ recycling operations. It is being held in anticipation of the BCRC-Caribbean's participation at the UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) Multi-stakeholder Policy Dialogue entitled ‘Addressing E-waste Challenges and Opportunities through Public-Private Sector Cooperation’ (see the following event post below). The outcomes of this meeting will feed directly into the position paper that the BCRC-Caribbean will develop for the panel discussion on the topic ‘What do recyclers need from Governments?'.


JUNE 2012 
4th - 8th June 2012: 17th Meeting of the Coordinating Group of Pesticides Control Boards of the Caribbean (Grenada)
The 17th Meeting of the Coordinating Group of Pesticides Control Boards of the Caribbean (CGPC) will be held in Grenada under the theme "Striving Towards Safe Pest Use". The meeting takes place on 6-7 June and will be preceded by a Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) workshop on pesticide risk reduction and obsolete pesticide elimination on 4-5 June. A final workshop on biopesticides and counterfeit pesticides will take place on 8 June following the meeting days.


MAY 2012
23rd - 25th May 2012: Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) General Assembly (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
StEP Members and Associate Members will gather from May 23-25 2012 in the Philips Auditorium in Amsterdam for its main decision-making event, the General Assembly. At this year’s General Assembly, the Steering Committee will be elected, new members approved, the progress made in the various Task Forces and their respective projects will be reported on, and agreements will be made on StEP’s future activities.

21st - 25th May 2012: 6th Biennial Caribbean Environmental Forum & Exhibition (CEF-6) and 16th Annual Wider Caribbean Waste Management Conference (ReCaribe) (Saint Kitts and Nevis)
These two events will be held simultaneously under the unified theme "The Green Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in Managing Health, Water, Waste, Land, Energy, Climate Change and our Natural Resources" to emphasize technologies, actions and strategies to address key environmental and health issues facing Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS).
The CEF series on Caribbean health and environment has been organized by the Caribbean Community's (CARICOM) Caribbean Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) biennially since 2000. The annual ReCaribe has been organized since 1995 by Clean Islands International (CII) to discuss waste management issues in the wider Caribbean region. The combined event is being co-sponsored by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Caribbean Regional Coordinating Unit (CAR/RCU), the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Integrating Watershed and Coastal Area Management project (IWCAM), and the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

9th - 11th May 2012: Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) Working Group 5th Physical Meeting (San Salvador, El Salvador 
The Fifth Physical Meeting of the PACE Working Group will be held on May 9-11 2012 in El Salvador immediately following the International Dialogue on ESM of E-Waste. The meeting is being organized by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC) and the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM) to promote the working progress of the PACE Working Group and its project groups as well as prepare for the consideration of the Eighth Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG-8) under the Basel Convention.

7th - 8th May 2012: International Dialogue on Environmentally Sound Management of E-Waste (San Salvador, El Salvador)
The Government of El Salvador and the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico (CRCB-CAM), with support from the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South America (CRS-CB) and Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD), will host this discussion of management of post-consumer electronic waste ("e-waste"). Among the topics expected to be discussed are CRCB-CAM's efforts, in coordination with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Development Programme (UNDP), to create an action plan on e-waste for El Salvador that will serve as a model for other Central American and Caribbean nations and an e-waste recycling facility in El Salvador that can serve Central America and the Caribbean. During this dialogue information on a proposal for a pilot e-waste program for Argentina and Uruguay will also be shared.