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Introduction of BCRC Beijing
Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific (BCRC Beijing) is established in 1997 according to the decision of the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal. BCRC Beijing is one of the fourteenregional and coordinating centres (BCRCs) globally. In May 2009, BCRC Beijing has been endorsed as the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for Capacitybuilding and the Transfer of Technology by the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and became one of sixteen Stockholm Convention regional and subregional centres. On May 20th 2011, approved by the State Council, Mr. Zhou Shengxian, Minister of Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China, on behalf of the Government of the People’s Republic of China, and Ms. Katharina Kummer Peiry, the Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, signed Framework Agreement on the Establishment of a Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Asia and Pacific Region (Framework Agreement). Framework Agreement provides the procedures of BCRC Beijing’s independent operation, tax exemption, privileges and immunities.
With performing responsibilities for both Basel Convention and Stockholm Convention, and assisting developing countries and countries in transition to achieve the aims of the above two conventions, the core functions of BCRC Beijing includetraining, technology trtraining, technology transfer, information, consulting, and awareness-raising. In November 2010, Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People’s Republic of China and Tsinghua University jointly signed Cooperation Agreement on Developing National Hazardous Waste Management Training and Strategic Research (Cooperation Agreement). BCRC Beijing is responsible for the implementation ofCooperation Agreement, conducting national hazardous waste management training and research on hazardous waste management framework and policy, with the aim of improving China’s hazardous waste management capacity and management framework research level.
After nearly seventeen years of development, BCRC Beijing has gradually formed its advantage in research on management policy and technology, capacity building and information exchange in chemicals and waste, consisting of over twenty full-time staff with doctor or master's degrees, and part-time technical team formed by tens of professors and experts. With the unremitting efforts of all the staff, the global influence of BCRC Beijing is increasingly growing. In November 2009, Regional 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) Forum in Asia was initiated and BCRC Beijing is one of the initiative organizations. In May 2010, BCRC Beijing was approved to be the regional focal point in Northeast Asia of “Solving the E-waste Problems (StEP)” initiative.