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To ease the burden of reporting, the Secretariat has launched the new Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention. Beginning 7 November 2013, the new Electronic Reporting System enables Parties to submit their annual national reports online.
The new system will speed the submissions of national reports. It operates similarly to the Electronic Reporting System of the Stockholm Convention. Parties are invited to complete the online questionnaire using data for the year 2012 and to submit it to the Secretariat through their focal points by 31 December 2013. To learn how the tool works, focal points can attend one of a series of webinars and online meetings. The Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention is the latest addition to the family of online information tools offered to support implementation of the Convention. The Convention’s Data Visualization Tool on the Generation, Export and Import of Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes was launched in April 2013.
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Introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS).
On 11 October 2011 the Schengen member states introduced the Visa Information System (VIS). The VIS is used to store the biometric data (10 fingerprints and the facial image) of the Schengen visa applicant. All Swiss embassies and consulates are gradually being connected to the VIS system.
A document in several languages explaining the implementation of the VIS system, registration of biometric data and the rollout timetable for Swiss embassies/consulates connected to the VIS system is available by clicking on the following web link: http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/einfuehrung_vis.html
The time needed to obtain a visa depends greatly on local circumstances. Please allow sufficient time for processing of the visa application as per the instructions in the following website: http://www.bfm.admin.ch/content/bfm/en/home/themen/einreise/merkblatt_einreise.html
If Switzerland does not have a consular office in your country you might be required to travel to a neighboring country to process your visa. It is therefore highly recommended to enquire directly with a Swiss embassy/consulate in the applicant’s country of residence or in a neighboring country or to check the appropriate website.
Switzerland has implemented necessary measures to facilitate the issuance of visas for official delegates invited to take part in conferences and international meetings with organizations having concluded a headquarters agreement as well as other persons invited in the framework of good offices.
We would like to remind you that it is the responsibility of each participant to obtain the required entry visa to Switzerland. Please note that at the moment of this writing a Schengen visa is required even for transiting through Schengen zone European Countries. More information on visa is available on the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs at the following link: http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/reps.htm
In some exceptional circumstances Switzerland may issue visas with limited territorial validity (LTV). Please check the following website for details on this procedure and the conditions and limitations for a holder of LTV visas: http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/topics/intorg/un/unge/gepri/manvis/manvi2.html
Consultancy announcement and call for applications by Friday 8 August 2013
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A pilot training on chairing meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam & Stockholm conventions will be offered in Geneva, Switzerland, from 3 to 5 March 2014
Place and Date: Geneva, Switzerland, from 3 to 5 March 2014
Background: In order to strengthen the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, and build synergies, there is a need to expand the number and diversity of trained, confident and willing chairs for the various meetings of the conventions. These may include ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the Parties, subsidiary bodies and contact and drafting groups as well as other meetings.
While the three conventions have enjoyed good fortune in the past in finding qualified chairs for their meetings, there are challenges in finding willing and experienced chairs from all regions and in maintaining gender and regional diversity among the chairs.
Launch of the WIPO Patent Landscape Report on e-Waste Recycling Technologies, International Environment House II, 12 December 2013
A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2014/15 is now available.
A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2014/15 is now available.
At annual joint meeting Regional Centres of the Basel and Stockholm conventions exchange plans for evaluating performance and sustainability
Date and time
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Please register a few days in advance of the webinar. To register, please use the following link:
Tuesday 7 January 2014, at 10 am
Thursday 9 January 2014, at 4 pm
The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties, by its decision BC-11/1 on follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention, adopted the framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes. In addition, the COP decided to mandate an Expert Working Group to further elaborate and implement actions on environmentally sound management.
The COP also requested the Expert Working Group to report on its activities and to submit its work programme to the Open-ended Working Group for consideration at its ninth meeting and subsequently to the Conference of the Parties for consideration and possible adoption at its twelfth meeting.
The Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management is meeting for the first time in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 10 to 12 December 2013.
The meeting is being organised by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, in collaboration with the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South America in Argentina.
The objective of this webinar is to inform Parties to the Basel Convention and observers on the outcomes of the first meeting of the Expert Working Group to facilitate the negotiations during the ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention and share information on progress in the EWG activities.
· Outcomes of the first meeting of the EWG on ESM– 25 min.
Basel Convention national focal points, Basel Convention competent authorities, Basel Convention regional centres, permanent missions and interested stakeholders
The first meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE) will be held in Bangkok, 18-19 November 2013.
Legal responses to illegal traffic found to have merit, but opinions diverge on their effectiveness.
The workshop for Central and South America on the prosecution of illegal traffic of hazardous wastes under the Basel Convention was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 28 to 29 August 2013.
The workshop provided training for prosecutors, law enforcement experts and lawyers, based on the Basel Convention's instruction manual on the prosecution of illegal traffic in hazardous wastes. Prosecutors and legal officers from 13 countries attended the event, including officers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
They were joined by Experts from the European Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of environmental Law (IMPEL) Cluster Transfrontier shipment of waste (TFS) Environmental Prosecutors Network, Latin American Environmental Prosecutors Network (LAEPN), UNEP Regional Office for Latin American Countries (ROLAC), Interpol and the CITES Secretariat.
The workshop was organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the Basel Convention Regional Center – Argentina.
Among the challenges identified were weaknesses in the national legal and institutional frameworks, such as incomplete implementing legislation – lack of a clear definition of the crime, of adequate penalties and of clear procedures. Participants felt that the various legal responses to illegal traffic – administrative, civil, criminal, alternative dispute resolution, each have their own merit, however opinions diverged with respect to their respective effectiveness. The need for clarity as to when a specific procedure may be initiated and on the relationship between the various procedures (parallel, successive, alternative) was also highlighted.
Participants underscored that cases of illegal traffic are complex and require substantial capacity: an improper investigation can mean that a case cannot ultimately be brought forward. Therefore, besides training, participants called for access to adequate resources, for instance laboratories to identify wastes, and access to technical knowledge.
Finally, cooperation at the national level was identified as a challenge and the establishment of interagency teams involving all relevant agencies was suggested.
Based on real cases, participants also explored the practical and legal challenges in preparing a case for prosecution in particular with respect to the distinction between waste and non-waste, and the need for developing a common understanding of this distinction. Issues of jurisdiction (which State prosecutes and for which offense?) were also discussed, as well as the challenges associated with the take back of illegal shipments.
A first workshop had been held in Bratislava in June 2012 for prosecutors from Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia countries.
The series of workshops are funded through the European Union under the Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy (ENRTP).
A Forum on Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste examines best practice for designing e-waste management systems, Madrid, Spain, 16 September 2013.
In the context of the ITU Green Standards Week, the UNEP Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions together with ITU, UNU, and CEDARE is organizing on 16 September 2013 a one-day Forum on Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste.
The Green Standards Week is organized by ITU from 16 to 20 September 2013 in Madrid, Spain. Hosted by Telefónica, it will bring together leading specialists in the field, from top policy-makers to engineers, designers, planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts and others.
The main purpose of the E-waste Forum is to discuss the quantification and qualification of the e-waste challenge, the role of policies, standards and regulations and best practices for designing e-waste management systems.
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For further information, see: http://www.itu.int/en/ITU-T/Workshops-and-Seminars/gsw/201309/Pages/programme-16-Sep.aspx
The Basel Convention data visualization tool shows interactively data provided by the Parties on generation and transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and other wastes.
This data visualization tool was created to show, in an interactive way, data provided by the Parties to the Basel Convention on generation and transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and other wastes. It contains data for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The tool is fully compatible with Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. The Secretariat is working to make it also compatible with other browsers.
There is a video tutorial available in case you need help to understand how the tool works.
Should you come across any issue or erroneous data while using this site, please report it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclaimer: This tool and data is based on information transmitted in reports transmitted by Parties to the Basel Convention. The data provides an indication of trends and activities but must be carefully interpreted.
Acknowledgement: we would like to thank the United Nations Office at Geneva – Information and Communication Technology Service (UNOG-ICTS) for their collaboration in the development of this tool.
The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-9) will be held from 16 to 19 September 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. The venue will be Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG) http://www.cicg.ch/.
Venue: Dazzler Hotel San Martin, San Martin 920, Retiro, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Background: The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties, by its decision BC-11/1 on follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention, adopted the framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes. In addition, the COP decided to mandate an expert working group to further elaborate and implement actions on initial short-term work items as listed in annex II to the decision and to develop a work programme for additional priorities and key work items and actions for the implementation of environmentally sound management. The European Union and Japan are kindly funding the first physical meeting of the group.
Organizers: The meeting is organised by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in collaboration with the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South America in Argentina.
Working Language: English only.
Meeting Objectives: The expert working group is expected to further elaborate and implement actions on initial short-term work items and to develop a work programme for additional priorities and key work items and actions for the implementation of ESM. The expert working group will report on its activities and to submit its work programme to the Open-ended Working Group for consideration at its ninth meeting and subsequently to the Conference of the Parties for consideration and possible adoption at its twelfth meeting.
Target Audience: The 25 nominated members of the expert working group. The meeting is also open to observers.
This webinar will present a private sector experience in Asia on how rare trace materials, like gold, or bulky plastics, can be recovered and recycled from end-of-life computing equipment and other E-wastes, as an example of processes for material recovery and recycling complying with the PACE “Guideline”.
Venue: Direction Générale de la Prévention des Risques Ministère de l'Ecologie, du Développement Durable et de l'Energie, Arche de la Défense Paroi Nord, salle 27N46, La Défense, Paris, France. The meeting will be opened at 9 a.m.
Highlights: The Committee Administering the Committee for Administering the Mechanism for Promoting the Implementation and Compliance is expected to continue the consideration of its 2012-2013 work programme as well as initiate activities pertaining to its 2014-2015 work programme. As requested by the Conference of the Parties, the Committee is to give priority to dealing with specific submissions regarding party implementation and compliance received or initiated in accordance with paragraph 9 of the terms of reference. In this context, the Committee is expected to consider a submission received by Oman as well as submissions regarding the following 8 Parties: Bhutan, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Swaziland and Togo. The Committee is also expected to consider general issues of implementation and compliance pertaining to national reporting, legislation, the control system, illegal traffic, insurance, bond and guarantee, as well as the Manual for the implementation of the Convention. A special half-day session will take place on the morning of Friday 6 December to promote a dialogue with other compliance bodies. Chairs of the compliance bodies of the ESPOO Convention, Cartagena Protocol, the Montreal Protocol, the London Protocol, the Kyoto Protocol, the International Treat on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and CITES, as well as the representatives of the Secretariats of these treaties, have been invited to attend the session.
Registration: Thursday 5 December 2013 from 8 a.m.
Working language: English.
Paperless meeting: The meeting will be paperless: printed documents will not be available, all pre-session documents will be made available on the Convention website.
Funding: Funding for the meeting is provided by the Government of Japan, with co-funding from the European Union and its member States.
Venue: International Environment House 1 (IEH-1), 11-15 Chemin des Anémones, 1219 Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Highlights: The meeting will focus on the enhanced coordination and collaboration among the regional centres as they exchange experiences on the provision of technical assistance, and discussions on performance and sustainability issues of the centres and ways of coordination so as to best utilize the expertise of the different centres.
The meeting will be opened at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday 27 November and closed at 6:00 p.m. on Friday 29 November 2013.
Working language: English
Venue: The meeting will take place at The Sukhosol Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. For more information: http://www.thesukosol.com/. Registration of confirmed participants will open at 9h on Monday, 18 November.
Background: By decision BC-11/8, the Secretariat of the Basel Convention was designated the Secretariat of the network and was requested to make the necessary arrangements for organizing the first meeting of the ENFORCE network.
The objective of this webinar is to assist Parties to the Basel Convention in the submission of their national reports using the new electronic reporting system.
A feasibility study, commissioned by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and funded by the European Commission, identifies cost effective, environmentally sound alternatives to the beaching method of ship recycling. The study builds on the findings of a case study, also commissioned by the Secretariat in 2012, which identified the operational, procedural and infrastructural requirements for existing facilities to work towards compliance with the Basel Convention and the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.
The following activities formed part of the feasibility study: