Green Customs Initiative holds its 14th Partners' meeting

The Green Customs Initiative’s (GCI) partners meet annually to review the initiative’s activities, discuss emerging issues and develop a plan of action for the coming year. The partnership is composed of international entities cooperating to prevent illegal trade as well as facilitate legal trade of environmentally sensitive commodities that are covered under relevant trade-related MEAs and the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction. From 2 to 3 October 2019, the United Nations Environment programme (UNEP), as the GCI secretariat, hosted the 14th GCI partners meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting was attended by all GCI partners. The GCI partners and the secretariat gave an update of 2018 to 2019 activities and shared prospects for 2020. The secretariat outlined key 2019 developments, including, the development of a pilot GCI curriculum for Spanish speaking counties in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as for Kenya. The two draft curricula are to be integrated into the educational programmes of respective national customs training institutes. During the meeting, a special session discussed developments on the illegal trade in waste. This session was led by the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions secretariat (BRS) and UNEP. Partners additionally discussed the need to raise awareness on GCI activities; particularly as the focus of 2020 is to update and further develop online courses. For more information, please contact Amanda Cabrejo le Roux via amanda[.]cabrejo[at]un[.]org or Aphrodite Smagadi at aphrodite[.]smagadi[at]un[.]org.