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The Secretariat hands over the signed BRS Geneva Gender Parity Pledge to Mr. Michael Moller, UNOG Director General.

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

Geneva Gender Parity Pledge

On 2 December 2015, during the United Nations Oath of Office ceremony at the Palais des Nation, the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat (BRS) handed over to Mr. Michael Moller, UNOG Director General, the signed BRS Geneva Gender Parity Pledge. 

The Geneva Gender Parity Pledge aims to strive for gender parity in all discussions in International Geneva and in panels where BRS staff is involved. Further, the Secretariat commits to provide gender training sessions for its staff members to enable them to liaise with other United Nations colleagues and to beacon gender aspects; to include gender related sessions in the agenda of workshops organized by the BRS Secretariat to further strengthen the mainstreaming of gender equality in projects and programmes under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; and to update the BRS Gender Action Plan on a yearly basis.

Contact: Matthias Kern at matthias.kern@brsmeas.org and Tatiana Terekhovap at tatiana.terekhovap@brsmeas.org

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

Abusive emails

The Secretariat has been made aware that emails were recently sent using abusively for instance the name of the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions or other staff as its author, a misleading sender’s name, or a misleading email address. Please read the Secretariat’s communication about this issue.

As part of a United Nations (UN)–wide initiative, UNEP and the BRS Secretariat will be implementing a new enterprise resource planning system named ‘Umoja’ with effect from 1 June 2015.

Umoja, a new way of managing the United Nations administration, is being deployed

BRS Secretariat and the implementation of Umoja

As part of a United Nations (UN)–wide initiative, UNEP and the BRS Secretariat will be implementing a new enterprise resource planning system named ‘Umoja’ with effect from 1 June 2015.

Umoja, which means ‘unity’ in Kiswahili, is the United Nations’ administrative reform initiative, which involves a complete re-work of the way the organization manages its administration, in both business processes and Information Technology solutions.  A single modern technology platform will replace outdated and disparate systems and will change the roles and responsibilities of staff and the way the United Nations interacts with its service providers.  The system, which uses industry-leading technology and best practices, will improve decision-making processes, automate financial processes and improve reporting of information. Once the system is implemented, all areas of administrative work, including finance and budget, procurement, travel and human resource management will be managed in a more efficient and automated manner.  

The BRS Secretariat has appointed Mr. Osmany Pereira, as the focal point for BRS and, as the person to answer any queries you may have with respect to the implementation of Umoja (osmany.pereira@unep.org).

Long term benefits of Umoja

Umoja will bring many benefits including streamlined business processes, better financial control, reduced time spent on administrative processes, harmonized use of administrative data and information and self-service for Secretariat staff and managers:  

·       The Secretariat will be able to provide real time financial data, reports and analysis to the Parties of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm       Conventions by allowing faster data access.

·       Data for vendors, consultants and partners will be centrally stored and better integrated with finance.

·       Procurement procedures and financial statements will be automated.

·       Umoja automates processing based on the existing United Nations (UN) Rules and Regulations.

·      Travel of participants to be funded by the Secretariat to meetings, consultancies and procurement will continue to be managed by the        Secretariat according to the applicable UN Rules and Regulations.  

 Short-term challenges of Umoja

Business will be affected during the periods prior to and after implementation of the system.  In preparation for the implementation of Umoja, the Secretariat will be required to ramp down its activities from April 2015. There will be a two week blackout period from 15 to 31 May, during which the data from the current system will be converted to Umoja. After Umoja is launched and during the period from June to July, there will be an initial slowdown of business as staff learn how to operate in the new environment.  The Secretariat has reviewed activities scheduled to take place during the period from April to July and set deadlines with the affected periods in mind and wish to request the understanding and cooperation of Parties during this period.

Although this is not expected to affect the organization and delivery of the Triple COPs from 4 to 15 May 2015, some delays in the processing of payment disbursements and travel claims may occur.

We would like to assure you that all measures have been taken to ensure that the blackout period leading to Umoja will cause minimal operational disruptions and contingency plans have been put in place.  Staff training in relevant areas is ongoing and a UNEP Deployment Team will provide hands-on user support to the Secretariat during the initial months of implementation.    

The Secretariat thanks its Parties and partners in advance for their patience and understanding during the introduction of Umoja.

This is the third of three webinars looking at Integrated Pest Management practices to control the important Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) pest, as an alternative to using the highly hazardous pesticide Endosulfan. This webinar aims to share practical experiences of coffee farmers, in managing CBB with traps.

Growing Coffee without Endosulfan: experiences with traps for managing Coffee Berry Borer (CBB)

Growing Coffee without Endosulfan: experiences with traps for managing Coffee Berry Borer (CBB)
 
Regional consultations underway for Minamata Convention on Mercury

Regional consultations underway for Minamata Convention on Mercury

BRS is participating in regional consultations for the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC7), which will be held in Jordan, 10 to 15 March 2016.

Regional consultations underway for Minamata Convention on Mercury

Regional consultations underway for Minamata Convention on Mercury

A series of regional consultations are being held in preparation for the seventh session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee on mercury (INC7), scheduled to be held in the Dead Sea Area in Jordan, from 10 to 15 March 2016. For more information, please visit the Minamata Convention website.

In line with relevant mandates, the BRS Secretariat cooperates and collaborates with the interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention in areas of mutual interest with a view to fostering policy coherence, where appropriate, and maximizing the effective and efficient use of resources at all levels.

In the framework of these regional meetings, the BRS Secretariat provides inputs pertaining to the BRS conventions that are relevant to the upcoming INC-7 discussions. For instance, experience gained under the BRS conventions will be shared with the participants on topics, such as: mercury wastes, financial mechanism, national reporting, financial rules, rules of procedure, BAT&BEP and monitoring.

Watch the latest BRS science video

Watch the latest BRS science video

New film shows how science underpins decision-making for the 3 BRS conventions.

Watch the latest BRS science video

Watch the latest BRS science video
 
Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2016-17 now available

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2016-17 now available

A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2016/17 is now available on the BRS websites

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2016-17 now available

Concept notes for voluntary financial contributions 2016-17 now available

 

 

Review of BRS Synergies process underway

Review of BRS Synergies process underway

Reviews of the synergies arrangements: call for tenders by 5 February 2016.

Review of BRS Synergies process underway

Review of BRS Synergies process underway
 
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Lead Acid Batteries Recycling in Central America: A case study on the Environmentally Sound Management of Batteries, recovering lead and creating green jobs

Come and learn about the Acumuladores Iberia -case study- where a Regional Strategy for the Environmentally Sound Recovery of Used Lead Acid Batteries in Central America, implemented in cooperation with the private sector, has improved lead acid batteries recycling in the region, creating new job opportunities.

Lead Acid Batteries Recycling in Central America: A case study on the Environmentally Sound Management of Batteries, recovering lead and creating green jobs

Lead Acid Batteries Recycling in Central America: A case study on the Environmentally Sound Management of Batteries, recovering lead and creating green jobs
 
Institutional strengthening for implementation of the BRS Conventions

The Executive Board of the UNEP Special Programme holds its first meeting on 2 to 3 February 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Institutional strengthening for implementation of the BRS Conventions

Institutional strengthening for implementation of the BRS Conventions
 
Gender Heroes 8: Women waste-pickers turn toxic to green

In the last of our popular series on gender, read how Indian women are bringing added responsibility to e-waste re-cycling.

Gender Heroes 8: Women waste-pickers turn toxic to green

Gender Heroes 8: Women waste-pickers turn toxic to green
 
2015 COPs meeting reports

Final copies of the three meeting reports in languages containing all decisions taken by parties are now available.

2015 COPs meeting reports

2015 COPs meeting reports
 
Season’s greetings from the BRS Secretariat

Best wishes and thanks to all of our parties, partners, donors and stakeholders and looking forward to a fruitful 2016.

Season’s greetings from the BRS Secretariat

Season’s greetings from the BRS Secretariat

Best wishes and thanks to all of our parties, partners, donors and stakeholders and looking forward to a fruitful 2016.

For downloading our Season's greetings card.

Gender Heroes 7: Female explorers raise awareness of hazardous chemicals

Meet Emily Penn and Lucy Gilliam, leaders of Exxpedition, a team of inspiring women highlighting POPs and plastics in the world’s oceans.

Gender Heroes 7: Female explorers raise awareness of hazardous chemicals

Gender Heroes 7: Female explorers raise awareness of hazardous chemicals

 

Gender Heroes 6: Reducing Risks to Children in Trinidad & Tobago

Latest in the gender series shows how children are often more vulnerable to the risk of health impacts from hazardous wastes.

Gender Heroes 6: Reducing Risks to Children in Trinidad & Tobago

Gender Heroes 6: Reducing Risks to Children in Trinidad & Tobago

 

Gender Heroes 5: Children and art combine to reduce waste in Panama

Latest in the series highlights an inspirational artist leading an initiative to kick out waste and protect lives in Panama.

Gender Heroes 5: Children and art combine to reduce waste in Panama

Gender Heroes 5: Children and art combine to reduce waste in Panama

 

United Nations reports on its 2014 greenhouse gas emissions

BRS achieves climate neutrality for the third year running, showing commitment to continually improve its sustainability performance.

United Nations reports on its 2014 greenhouse gas emissions

United Nations reports on its 2014 greenhouse gas emissions

United Nations reports on its 2014 greenhouse gas emissions

27 November 2014 The United Nations today released details of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2014 in the latest edition of Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN. 

The report provides details on the emissions from 65 UN system organizations, covering more than 250,000 staff and hundreds of locations worldwide. Greenhouse gas emissions totaled 2 million tonnes CO2eq across the UN system, equivalent to the annual carbon dioxide emissions from 191,019 homes in the United States or from consuming 4,868,772 barrels of oil. 

A total of 18 UN system organizations report having an Emission Reduction Strategy in place and at least nine are implementing an Environment Management System or have reached the highest standards in building management. 

A total of 21 organizations have gone further and become climate neutral through the purchase of carbon credits, with one further agency offsetting emissions from its headquarters. These offsets amount to 676,997 tonnes CO2eq or 32% of the UN’s total reported emissions for 2014. 

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) is pleased to report on its CO2 emissions for 2014: 

  • Total emissions were 355 tonnes CO2eq;
  • Air travel is the main source of CO2 emissions, representing 99% of total emissions. Other emissions are attributed to office operations;
  • Per capita footprint is 5.14 tCO2eq/ staff member, below the UN average of 8.31 tCO2eq/ staff member. 

“Since 2012, the BRS Secretariat has been climate neutral through a carbon offset programme and has reduced its carbon footprint by 22%, most notably due to promoting video conferencing and more systematic scheduling of back-to-back meetings. We are committed to continue to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions through all means possible” said Mr. Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.  

Through the recent promotion of the use of video conferencing and more systematic scheduling of back-to-back meetings, reductions in GHG emissions have been achieved over the period 2010-2014.

The total Secretariat’s GHG emissions have decreased by 29% in 2011, 50% in 2012, 23% in 2013 and 61% in 2014 compared to the 2010 baseline. In absolute values, the total BRS GHG emissions have represented: 924 tCO2eq in 2010, 661 tCO2eq in 2011, 460 tCO2eq in 2012, 697 tCO2eq in 2013 and 354 tCO2eq in 2014. 

Furthermore, since 2012, the BRS Secretariat has been climate neutral through a carbon offset programme implemented as part of the UNEP Climate Neutral Initiative. 

The work on sustainability is a continuous process to which the BRS Secretariat is committed to contribute to, while taking into account best practices and tools put in place by other United Nations organizations in their strategies toward better environmental performance. 

More details on the greener practices implemented in the Secretariat is available at Greening the Blue.   

Background

The report provides an update on progress in implementing the 2007 UN Climate Neutral Strategy, which was approved by the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) and committed the UN Secretariat and all UN agencies, funds and programmes to move towards climate neutrality within the wider context of greening the UN. 

Specifically, the Strategy requires UN bodies to estimate their greenhouse gas emissions, to undertake efforts to reduce their emissions to the greatest extent possible and to analyse the cost implications of purchasing carbon offsets. 

The emissions calculations in the report were compiled using internationally recognized guidance based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a widely used methodology developed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The UN greenhouse gas inventory includes emissions from all activities that are under the direct financial control of the organization, such as the heating and cooling of buildings and the travel of its staff members. 

To download the report and for more information please visit Greening the Blue

Increasing Knowledge on Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

Watch the SAICM video, screened on 26 November at the Geneva Environment Network chemicals briefing, exploring this growing area of concern.

Increasing Knowledge on Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

Increasing Knowledge on Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

 

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