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Upcoming Meetings

Chemicals Management


May 2018

Tokyo Forum for Clean City and Clear Sky

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) will host the Tokyo Forum for Clean City & Clear Sky, an international conference on the environment. In light of the global commitment to achieving the SDGs, the Forum will focus on several issues that major cities around the world are grappling with, including waste management, sustainable resource management and air pollution. Representatives from the world’s major cities will share knowledge and information about effective policies, and discuss solutions to create a sustainable urban environment. The Forum is organized with support from C40, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC).

dates: 22-23 May 2018 location: Tokyo, Japan www: http://www.kankyo.metro.tokyo.jp/en/automobile/tokyoforum201...

Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics

In a resolution adopted at the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), Member States agreed to establish an Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group to examine options to combat marine plastic litter and microplastics from all sources, including through global legally binding mechanisms.  

dates: 29-31 May 2018 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: https://www.cms.int/en/eventcalendar/ad-hoc-open-ended-exper...

June 2018

World Environment Day 2018

India will serve as the global host of the 2018 World Environment Day, which will convene under the theme, 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. The Day will raise awareness and urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and use of single-use plastic that pollutes oceans, damages marine life and threatens human health.

date: 5 June 2018 location: worldwide www: http://www.worldenvironmentday.global/
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July 2018

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018

The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment. The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 47 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of HLPF 2017 is here.

dates: 9-18 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018

40th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 40th Session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties (OEWG 40) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 9-14 July 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of OEWG 39 can be found here.

dates: 9-13 July 2018 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

September 2018

Eleventh Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 11)

The eleventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group will consider its work programme, comprising of: strategic issues; scientific and technical matters; legal, governance and enforcement matters; international cooperation and coordination; and the BRS programme of work and budget. Highlights will include discussions on the strategic framework, technical guidelines, the review of Annexes I, III and IV and related aspects of Annex IX to the Convention, whether to review Annexes II, VIII and IX, the Basel Convention Partnership Programme and new agenda items on marine plastic litter and microplastics and waste containing nanomaterials. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of OEWG 10 is here.

dates: 3-6 September 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.basel.int/TheConvention/OpenendedWorkingGroup(OEW...

Fourteenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

The Chemical Review Committee (CRC14) will review chemicals and pesticide formulations for possible listing under Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

This meeting is taking place back-to-back with the Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committe....

dates: 10-14 September 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy e-mail: brs@brsmeas.org www: http://www.pic.int/

Fourteenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-14) will review the possible listing of hazardous chemicals under the various annexes of the Stockholm Convention. This meeting is taking place back-to-back with the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee.

dates: 17-21 September 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy e-mail: brs@ brsmeas.org www: www: http://www.pops.int

October 2018

2018 Annual General Meeting of the IGF

The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene from 15-19 October 2018, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Delegates at the WSSD adopted the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, which called for, inter alia, support for “efforts to address the environmental, economic, health and social impacts and benefits of mining, minerals and metals throughout their life cycle, including workers’ health and safety, and use a range of partnerships, furthering existing activities at the national and international levels, among interested governments, intergovernmental organizations, mining companies and workers, and other stakeholders, to promote transparency and accountability for sustainable mining and minerals development.” The WSSD also encouraged governments, civil society and private sector actors to enter into voluntary partnerships focused on sustainable development objectives. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF is here.

dates: 15-19 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://igfmining.org/

November 2018

30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 30th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 30) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is tentatively scheduled to convene from 5-9 November 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of MOP 29 is here.

dates: 5-9 November 2018 location: Ecuador www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2)

The Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) is expected to convene from 19-23 November 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland.

dates: 19-23 November 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/

April 2019

Basel Convention COP14, Rotterdam Convention COP9 and Stockholm Convention COP9

The 14th meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention, the ninth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention and the ninth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back in 2019. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 chemicals triple-COP is here.

dates: 29 April - 9 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: BRS Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-8729 fax: +41-22-917-8098 e-mail: brs@unep.org www: synergies.pops.int

July 2019

41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 41) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is tentatively scheduled to convene from 1-5 July 2019, at a location to be announced.

dates: 1-5 July 2019 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

November 2019

31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 31) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 4-8 November 2019, at a location to be determined. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 4-8 November 2019 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

June 2020

42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 42) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 29 June to 3 July 2020, at a location to be confirmed.

dates: 29 June - 3 July 2020 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

November 2020

Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 12) and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 32) is tentatively scheduled to take place from 2-6 November 2020, at a location to be decided. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.

dates: 2-6 November 2020 location: TBA