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Chemicals Management


August 2016

Informal Group on Household Wastes

Decision BC-12/13 by the Basel Convention's Conference of Parties (COP) called for the Informal Group on Household Waste to develop a workplan on the environmentally sound management (ESM) of household waste with a focus on the needs of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The Group is expected to draft a concept note, terms of reference and a 2018-2019 work programme for a new Basel Convention partnership on household wastes, for consideration by the 13th meeting of the COP in April 2017.  

dates: 2-4 August 2016   location: Montevideo, Uruguay   contact: Matthias Kern, BRS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8767   e-mail: matthias.kern@brsmeas.org   www: http://www.basel.int/Implementation/TechnicalAssistance/Part...  

September 2016

71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71)

The 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 20 September 2016, on the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world,' as announced by President-elect Peter Thomson in July 2016.  

dates: 13-26 September 2016   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1
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Twelfth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-12)

The 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade will take place back-to-back with the 12th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention (POPRC). The CRC will consider draft decision guidance documents on carbofuran and carbosulfan, and review the notifications of final regulatory action for atrazine. It will also consider notifications found to meet Annex I criteria.  

dates: 14-16 September 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: BRS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8729   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: brs@brsmeas.org   www: http://www.pic.int/TheConvention/ChemicalReviewCommittee/Mee...  

Twelfth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-12)

The 12th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention will take place back-to-back with the 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention. The Committee will consider the draft risk profiles for dicofol and pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), further information related to Annex F for decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), and the draft risk management evaluation for short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), among other topics.  

dates: 19-23 September 2016   venue: FAO Headquarters   location: Rome, Lazio, Italy   contact: Kei Ohno Woodall, BRS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8201   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: kei.ohno-woodall@brsmeas.org   www: http://www.pops.int  

October 2016

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG).  

dates: 10-14 October 2016   location: Kigali, Rwanda   contact: Ozone Secretariat   e-mail: ozone.info@unep.org   www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings  

Eleventh International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT 11)

Organized by the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC) for Asia and the Pacific, and hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for Capacity-Building and the Transfer of Technology in Asia and the Pacific, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection and others, ICWMT 11 participants will discuss the theme of 'Green - Low-carbon - Circular - Development,' including such issues as e-waste management and recycling, end-of-life vehicle management and recycling, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) waste management and disposal, management and disposal of wastes containing heavy metals, hazardous waste management, technology transfer, circular economy design and implementation, and regional chemicals management and emergency response.  

dates: 21-24 October 2016   location: Beijing, China   contact: Chen Yuan, BCRC for Asia and the Pacific   phone: +86-10-62794351   fax: +86-10-62772048   e-mail: icwmt@tsinghua.edu.cn   www: http://2016.icwmt.org/ICWMT2016/indexen.asp?id=3099  

51st Meeting of the GEF Council

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Council also provides guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. The 25-27 October GEF Council meeting will be preceded on 24 October by a consultation with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the same location. On 27 October the Council will convene as the 21st meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) also at the same location.  

dates: 24-27 October 2016   location: Washington D.C., US   contact: GEF Secretariat   phone: +1-202-473-0508   fax: +1-202-522-3240   e-mail: secretariat@thegef.org   www: http://www.thegef.org/gef/council_meetings  

November 2016

Seventh Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific

The Regional Forum is organized and co-hosted by the UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). The Forum is intended to serve as a framework for 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) policy dialogue among high-level government representatives from Asia-Pacific countries, city mayors and administrators and other professionals, as well as technical assistance for country projects, and information sharing and networking for the promotion of 3R policies in Asia and the Pacific.  

dates: 2-4 November 2016   venue: Adelaide Convention Centre   location: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia   contact: C.R.C. Mohanty, UNCRD   phone: +81-52-561-9416   fax: +81-52-561-9374   e-mail: mohantyc@uncrd.or.jp   www: http://www.uncrd.or.jp/?page=view&nr=261&type=230&am...  

February 2017

First Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process

Through its Resolution IV/4, the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) held in September 2015 decided to initiate an intersessional process to prepare recommendations regarding the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 for consideration by ICCM5, expected to be held in 2020. ICCM4 decided that the intersessional process should include, in principle, two meetings before the third meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) (to be held in 2018 or early 2019) and another between OEWG3 and ICCM5. The first intersessional meeting is expected to focus in part on a discussion of an independent evaluation of SAICM for 2006-2015.  

dates: 7-9 February 2017   location: TBA   contact: SAICM Secretariat   phone: +4122-917-8532   fax: +4122-797-3460   e-mail: SAICM.CHEMICALS@unep.org   www: http://www.saicm.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=a...  

April 2017

Basel Convention COP13, Rotterdam Convention COP8 and Stockholm Convention COP8

The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Basel Convention, the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Rotterdam Convention and the Eighth Meeting of the COP (COP8) to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back to discuss issues for each Convention, and joint issues shared among the Conventions. For more information on each Convention: http://www.basel.int , http://www.pic.int , http://www.pops.int  

dates: 23 April - 4 May 2017   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: BRS Secretariat   phone: +41-22-917-8729   fax: +41-22-917-8098   e-mail: brs@unep.org   www: http://synergies.pops.int/  

September 2017

First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury [tentative]

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017. Dates will be confirmed by the interim secretariat.  

date: 1 September 2017 [tentative]   location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland   contact: Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention   phone: +41-22-917-8511   fax: +41-22-797-3460   e-mail: mercury.chemicals@unep.org   www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org  

72nd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72)

The 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 72) will convene at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 12 September 2017. The General Debate will open on Tuesday, 19 September 2017.  

dates: 12-25 September 2017   venue: UN Headquarters   location: New York City, US   www: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/INF/67/1