NES staff trained in convention negotiations

The BRS conventions address the movement and disposal of transboundary waste, trade and sound management of hazardous chemicals and to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants..
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Pinterest

The Secretariat of the BRS Conventions in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), funded by the Governments of Switzerland and Germany, facilitated a chairpersons and negotiators training for participants from countries that are parties to the BRS Conventions. Roselyn Strickland, NES Environment Legal Counsel, attended on behalf of NES and the Cook Islands.

The BRS Conventions refer to three main conventions: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm. Collectively, the conventions address the movement and disposal of transboundary waste (Basel), trade and sound management of hazardous chemicals (Rotterdam) and to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants (Stockholm).

The training was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from the 68 February 2023, with an aim of providing participants from countries with the necessary training to becoming potential negotiators and chairs of BRS Conference of Parties (BRS) meetings including working groups. About twenty participants from the four regions (Asia Pacific, Africa, Latin America and Europe) attended the training. Roselyn was the only representative from the Pacific region. This training is essential as it also has a direct link for capacity building for parties in implementing the respective Conventions.

According to Roselyn, the training was delivered via an online component and face- to-face simulations. She further added that the training provided participants an opportunity to receive the necessary negotiation skills prior to the upcoming BRS COP Preparatory Meeting in Bangkok this month, as well as the forthcoming BRS COP Meetings in Geneva in May 2023.

Explore Other News

Heads of delegation for plastics negotiations meet to prepare for INC-4

Since plastics was produced in the 1950s, plastic waste and pollution is visible in all…

Region says plastic waste to account for 80% of marine debris by 2050

The issue of marine plastic waste management was selected as it is a shared challenge…

About Nes

The National Environment Service is established to protect, conserve and ensure the Cook Islands environment is managed sustainably. The agency is headed by a Director with delegated powers to carry out the functions of the Environment Act 2003.

Follow us on Social Media

Careers Update

Follow & Connect with Us

Explore Cook Islands

Stay Connected & Get the Latest News from the National Environment Service