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Vision of BCCC-Africa

To Strengthen the countries in the African Region in the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of Hazardous Waste through defining the template for the programmes and projects for the implementation of the Basel Convention and its Amendments.

Regional Centres

BCCC-Africa coordinates the Basel Convention Regional Centres in: South Africa (for Anglophone countries in Africa), Senegal (for Francophone countries in Africa), and Egypt (for Arab states)

BCCC-Africa

The Centres operate, under the guidance of the Basel Convention Secretariat, within the framework of an Action Plan common to all Centres, approved by the Conference of the Parties and adapted to the specific needs and possibilities of the geographic regions and sub-regions covered by their activities

Key Roles

The Centre plays a key role in building the capacity of the African countries to implement the Basel Convention and its amendments , and to enhance their knowledge of chemicals and hazardous wastes issues and to address their lack of inventories on waste generation and other infrastructural deficiencies which are expressed in the priority needs of the countries.

E-Waste Conference

BCCC-Africa on behalf of the African Region supported by Peru moved the adoption of E-waste as an emerging policy issue in the second international Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) in Geneva in May 2009.

South-South Cooperation

BCC-Africa is promoting South-South cooperation with BCRC China in June this year by sending one of its scientists to work at the Beijing centre for six months.

Facilities Available

The Centre is currently housed in a bungalow located at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. This building was funded solely by the Federal Government of Nigeria

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Funding

The Centre expects to receive an annual access Contribution of $100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars) pledged by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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Stockholm Convention

Stockholm Convention funded "Preliminary Assessment of new Pop's Pentabde, Octabde and Hbb Entering Africa Via used electronics/e-Waste; Development Of Methodology for sampling and Analysis Of Pbdes in e-Waste"

In May 2009 certain congeners contained in commercial Pentabromodiphenyl ether (c-PentaBDE) and commercial Octabromodiphenyl ether (c-OctaBDE)1 were listed in Annex A of the Stockholm Convention (POP-PBDEs) which prohibits production, use, import, and export.

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Governance

On inauguration of a Steering Committee, the Centre will be governed by a Steering Committee made up of the Directors of the Basel Convention Regional Centers in the African region, representatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria, one  member  state  representative  from  each  of  the  Basel  Convention  Regional Centres

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The Pan-African Forum on e-Waste

The Pan-African Forum on E-waste was held in in UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 12 to 16 March 2012. The forum was a follow up to the recently concluded E-Waste Africa Project.

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