REN newsflash

The seventh issue of REN Newsflash released
18 April 2014
The highlights of this issue include: § Capacity Building Workshop for Customs Officers in SEAP Countries and Joint Meeting with Ozone Officers Held in Lao PDR § First E-learning Tool Launched to Prevent Illegal Trade in Hazardous Chemicals and Waste § Amended Waste Shipment Laws to Take Effect in UK Click here to download
Capacity Building Workshop of SEAP Customs Officers on Controlling Illegal Trade in Chemicals and Waste and Joint Meeting of Ozone and Customs Officers Held in Lao PDR
17 April 2014
Based on the capacity building needs identified customs officers at the 2nd Network Workshop of the Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste (REN), the Capacity Building Workshop of Customs Officers on Controlling Illegal Trade in Chemicals and Waste in Southeast Asia and Pacific countries (SEAP) was held on 1-3 April 2014 in parallel with the Network Meeting of Southeast Asia (SEA) Na...
Leaking shipment of Canadian garbage poses health risks
15 April 2014
Waste juice has begun forming in the 50 container vans of garbage from Canada, posing health and environmental risks to people. The container vans, each 40 feet long, are now in the bay area of the Manila International Container Terminal (Philippines), where they remain unclaimed since the first vans arrived at the port in June 2013. "They've been here for 9 months. Fluid has already bee...
Network Meeting of Ozone Officers Held in Lao PDR
8 April 2014
The Network Meeting of Ozone Officers of Southeast Asia and the Pacific (SEAP) was held on 1-3 April 2013, in parallel with the Capacity Building Workshop of SEAP Customs Officers on Controlling Illegal Trade in Chemicals and Wastes. The Network meeting was organized by UNEP OzonAction CAP in collaboration with the Government of the Lao PDR, with a focus on sharing experience of the implementation...
First E-learning Tool Launched to Prevent Illegal Trade in Hazardous Chemicals and Waste
28 March 2014
The first e-learning module aimed at helping law enforcement officers identify and prevent the illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and wastes has been launched by INTERPOL and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. With some 10 million tonnes of hazardous and other wastes transported around the world each year, the online educational tool is aimed at increasing awaren...
The Sixth Issue of REN Newsflash
24 March 2014
Highlights in this issue:   Capacity building workshop for customs officers in Pacific Islands Countries and joint meeting with ozone officers was held in Tonga Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released Council and European Parliament agree on updated rules for shipment of waste Click here to download
Capacity Building Workshop for PIC Customs Officers and Joint Meeting with Ozone Officers organized in the Kingdom of Tonga on 10-13 March 2014
21 March 2014
In cooperation with OzonAction Compliance Assistant Programme and the Secretariat of Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (the BRS Secretariat), a Capacity Building Workshop for Senior Customs Officers on Controlling of Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Commodities in the Pacific Islands Countries (PIC) and a Joint Meeting of Ozone Officer and Customs Officers were organized in para...
Network Meeting of Ozone Officers held in the Kingdom of Tonga
20 March 2014
The Sixth Meeting of Pacific Islands Countries Network of Ozone Officers was held in the Kingdom of Tonga on March 10-14, 2014, in parallel with the Capacity Build Workshop for PIC Senior Customs Officers. This annual sub-regional Network meeting focused on building capacities of national ozone officers and other key stakeholders of PIC in the monitoring, controlling and reporting of ozone depleti...
Draft Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of POPs Wastes released
19 March 2014
Pursuant to the invitation and the assignments specified by paragraph 6 of the decision BC-11/3 under the Basel Convention, the lead countries and lead organizations - in consultation with the small intersessional working group (SIWG) - have prepared draft technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with persistent organic pollu...
Group slams shipment of toxic waste from Canada
4 March 2014
Zero-waste advocates on Friday (14th February) expressed disgust over an attempt to smuggle into the country some 50 container vans of toxic garbage mislabeled as recyclable plastics from Canada. On Monday (10th February), the Bureau of Customs intercepted a shipment of 50 container vans of garbage from Canada at the Port of Manila. In a television report, deputy customs commissioner Ariel Nepom...
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