REN newsflash

The Eleventh issue of REN newsflash released
18 August 2014
Welcome to the Eleventh Issue of REN NEWSFLASH!   Highlights in this issue:   National Green Customs Training workshop held in Ningbo, China ENFORCE discusses the network development European countries continue to tackle illegal waste shipments together Inspections of suspected illegal waste exports increase by 400 percent in UK
National Green Customs Training workshop for Customs officers organized in Ningbo, China
13 August 2014
At the request of Anti-smuggling Bureau of General Administration of China Customs (GACC/ASB) based on its capacity building needs, REN, GACC/ASB and the Basel Convention Regional Center for Asia and the Pacific (BCRC China), jointly organized the National Green Customs Training workshop for Customs officers on 24-25 July in Ningbo, China focusing on illegal trade in waste and e-waste. The meetin...
European countries continue to tackle illegal waste shipments together
6 August 2014
A new press release from IMPEL highlights the findings of a report on work to improve inspections of trans-frontier shipments of waste. The project, Enforcement Actions III, encouraged best practice in waste shipment inspections through a series of coordinated inspections and exchanges that took place during three periods in both 2012 and 2013. Source: INECE-secretariat   Click here to ...
ENFORCE discusses the network development
5 August 2014
On 25 June 2014, the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE) held a conference call to discuss the developments of the network. Topics discussed were the Gaps Analysis and possible methods to share available tools and materials. The minutes of the conference call can be viewed here. The ENFORCE, aims to promote parties’ compliance with the prov...
E-Waste in developing countries endangers environment
1 August 2014
A rising mountain of hazardous electronic waste is putting workers in developing countries and the environment at risk. Some of the disused computers, cellphones, televisions and other products are locally generated, but the developed world – especially the U.S. – is responsible for sending many of the items. The developed world has in the past exported an estimated 23 percent of its e...
Global Container Control Programme delivers solid successes against global illicit trafficking
30 July 2014
The Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Yury Fedotov, and the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, met in Vienna on 29 July 2014 to discuss the significant achievements of the UNODC/WCO co-managed Global Container Control Programme, which is in operation in 20 countries including controlling the illegal trade in chemic...
The Tenth issue of REN newsflash released
21 July 2014
Welcome to the Tenth issue of REN nesflash! Highlights in this issue:   INTERPOL-UNEP-INECE operational workshop First UNEA adopts resolutions on chemicals and illegal wildlife trade New WCO HS subheadings for hazardous chemicals EC reviews waste policy and legislation  Click the link below to download it. 
NGO seeks judicial probe into Alang deaths
17 July 2014
The Toxics Watch Alliance, a non-governmental organization, has written to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel seeking a judicial probe into last month’s death of five workers at the Alang ship breaking yard in Bhavnagar district. “In view of the recent deaths and injuries, and ongoing deaths and accidents since 1984, I seek your immediate intervention to ensure a judicial inquiry ...
How strengthened sound management of chemicals and wastes contributes to sustainable development
6 July 2014
While chemicals contribute significantly to our well-being, they can also pose a threat to human health and the environment if they are not managed well. Their potentially adverse impacts, combined with the limited capacity in many countries to deal with these impacts, make the sound management of chemicals and waste a key issue that cuts across many areas of our lives. In Johannesburg in 2002 gov...
India's poor risk health to mine electronic "E-Waste"
28 June 2014
"E-waste is a cocktail of toxic chemicals like lead, mercury, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants," says Priti Mahesh, chief program coordinator for Toxics Link, a Delhi-based environmental group. "Some of these are known to cause not just short-term health problems, but also to damage the brain, nervous system, and reproductive system in the long term." For decades, the ...
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