Meetings and Workshops

June 2014
1st meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity
Montreux, Switzerland, 2 - 3 June 2014

1st meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity

Montreux, Switzerland, 2 - 3 June 2014


Venue: Golf Hotel René Capt, Rue Bon Port 33-35, 1820 Montreux. The meeting will open at 10 :00am on 2 June 2014 and is expected to close by 5:00pm on Wednesday 3 June.

Highlight: The Small Intersessional Working Group on legal clarity (SIWG) is meeting with a view to finalizing the glossary of terms; to prepare recommendations as to whether any terms defined in previously adopted technical guidelines and guidance documents as well as the framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes need to be updated as a result; to prepare recommendations as to whether further guidance would be useful; and to prepare recommendations on the options for further steps towards the consistent interpretation of terminology, including possible voluntary and legally binding options. The outcome of the meeting will be considered by the Open-ended Working Group during its ninth meeting (16-19 September 2014, Geneva, Switzerland). Funding for the meeting is provided by Switzerland. 

Working Language: English

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May 2014
2nd meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM
Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 - 31 May 2014

2nd meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 - 31 May 2014


Venue: Grand Kemang Hotel, Jalan Kemang Raya 2H, Jakarta 12730, Indonesia.

Highlight: The expert working group is expected to consider the intersessional work undertaken by it to further elaborate and implement actions on initial short-term work items for the implementation of environmentally sound management. In addition, it will consider its draft work programme for additional priorities and key work items and actions. The expert working group will report on its activities and submit its work programme to the Open-ended Working Group for consideration at its ninth meeting in September 2014 and subsequently to the Conference of the Parties for consideration and possible adoption at its twelfth meeting.

The European Union, Japan and Switzerland are kindly funding the second face-to-face meeting of the group.

The meeting is organised by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in collaboration with the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South-East Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Working Language: English only.

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December 2013
1st meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10 - 12 December 2013

1st meeting of the Expert Working Group on ESM

Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10 - 12 December 2013


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.

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January 2013
3rd Technical expert group meeting to develop a framework for the ESM of hazardous and other wastes
Glion sur Montreux, Switzerland, 21 - 23 January 2013

3rd Technical expert group meeting to develop a framework for the ESM of hazardous and other wastes

Glion sur Montreux, Switzerland, 21 - 23 January 2013


Venue: Hotel Victoria, Route de Caux 16, CH-1823 Glion sur Montreux, Switzerland

The Governments of Switzerland and Japan are kindly co-funding the third meeting which will be opened at 9.00 a.m. on Monday, 21 January 2013.

The meeting will be paperless and in English only: printed documents will not be available, all pre-session documents will be made available on the Convention website and in-session documents will be circulated electronically via a wireless intranet.

Highlights: The Technical Expert Group will further develop the draft framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes building on progress made at its first and second face- to-face meetings. The draft framework is to be submitted to the Conference of the Parties at its eleventh meeting for consideration and possible adoption.

More information, including the meeting schedule, will shortly be made available on the web page of the technical expert group.

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September 2012
2nd Technical expert group meeting to develop a framework for the ESM of hazardous and other wastes
Geneva, Switzerland, 30 September - 2 October 2012

2nd Technical expert group meeting to develop a framework for the ESM of hazardous and other wastes

Geneva, Switzerland, 30 September - 2 October 2012


Venue: International Environment House II (IEH-2), 7-9, Chemin de Balexert, 1219, Châtelaine-Geneva, Switzerland.

Highlights: The Technical Expert Group further developed the daft framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes building on progress made at its first face- to-face meeting and at a follow-up online meeting. The Technical Expert Group shall also be guided by the outcome of and discussions at the eighth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group to be held from 25 to 29 September 2012, as far as possible.

More information, including the meeting schedule, is available on the page of the technical expert group and within document UNEP/CHW/OEWG.8/INF/8.

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April 2012
1st Technical expert group meeting to develop a framework for the ESM of hazardous and other wastes
Tokyo, Japan, 17 - 19 April 2012

1st Technical expert group meeting to develop a framework for the ESM of hazardous and other wastes

Tokyo, Japan, 17 - 19 April 2012


The Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, is to host the first meeting of the technical expert group to complete the development of a framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes.  The meeting will take place from 17 to 19 April 2012 at the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so (10-8, Sekiguchi 2-chome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8680, Japan).

At its tenth meeting, held from 17 to 21 October 2011 in Cartagena, Colombia, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention adopted decision BC-10/3 on the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention.

Section B of this decision notes that a more systematic and comprehensive effort is needed to improve guidance on environmentally sound management of wastes and suggests actions to complete the development of a framework for the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes, including consideration of ways in which the framework and its elements might be linked to the issue of transboundary movement of hazardous and other wastes.

The decision further mandates a technical expert group, consisting of members nominated by Parties based on equitable geographical representation of the five regional groups of the United Nations, to undertake the work to develop the abovementioned framework. The group, which is also open to observers, may call on additional experts as needed. Accordingly, each regional group was requested to nominate through its Bureau representative six members with specific knowledge and expertise in the field.

Invitations to the first meeting of the technical expert group have now been sent to the nominated members of the group.  Those wishing to register for the meeting as observers should view the communication recently issued by the Secretariat on this matter.

Further information on the meeting, including the composition of the Technical Expert Group and meeting documents, can be accessed here.

 

September 2010
3rd Meeting of the Country Led Initiative
Hilterfingen, Switzerland, 23 - 28 September 2010

3rd Meeting of the Country Led Initiative

Hilterfingen, Switzerland, 23 - 28 September 2010


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January 2010
2nd Meeting of the Country Led Initiative
Wildhaus, Switzerland, 12 - 15 January 2010

2nd Meeting of the Country Led Initiative

Wildhaus, Switzerland, 12 - 15 January 2010


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June 2009
1st meeting of the Country-led initiative
Bali, Indonesia, 15 - 17 June 2009

1st meeting of the Country-led initiative

Bali, Indonesia, 15 - 17 June 2009


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Ban Amendment workshops

February 2014
Third Global workshop on the facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment
Pretoria, South Africa, 18 - 19 February 2014

Third Global workshop on the facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment

Pretoria, South Africa, 18 - 19 February 2014


Venue: Pretoria, South Africa

Background: The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention adopted a decision on the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention (decision BC-10/3). Section A of this decision addresses the entry into force of the Ban Amendment.

The decision BC-10/3 invites Parties to continue to take concrete actions towards encouraging and assisting Parties to ratify the Ban Amendment, including specific actions, such as the Nordic Initiative, to assist Parties facing legal and technical difficulties in ratifying the Ban Amendment and regional meetings.

Decision BC-11/1 on Follow up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention, adopted by the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention also requests the Secretariat, within available resources, to continue to assist Parties, on request, which are having difficulties in ratifying the Ban Amendment.

Organizer(s): The workshop was organized with support from the Basel Convention Regional Centre for English-speaking African countries in South Africa (BRCR-South Africa).

Working Language: The working language of the workshop in South Africa was English.

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Second global workshop on the facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment
San Salvador, El Salvador, 12 - 13 February 2013

Second global workshop on the facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment

San Salvador, El Salvador, 12 - 13 February 2013


The workshop is organized with support from the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Central America, including Mexico (BCRC-Salvador).

Workshop objectives

Providing relevant information to those Parties to the Convention that have not yet ratified, accepted, acceded to or approved the Ban Amendment and that were Parties to the Convention at the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP3) which could facilitate entry into force of the Ban Amendment;

Facilitating information exchange between Parties to the Convention that have not ratified, accepted, acceded to or approved the Ban Amendment and between these Parties and the Parties that have ratified it.

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September 2012
First global workshop on the facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment
Dakar, Senegal, 3 - 4 September 2012

First global workshop on the facilitation of the entry into force of the Ban Amendment

Dakar, Senegal, 3 - 4 September 2012


The workshop was organized with support from the Basel Convention Regional Centre for French-speaking countries in Africa and Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Senegal (BCRC/SCRC-Senegal).

Workshop objectives

Providing relevant information to those Parties to the Convention that have not yet ratified, accepted, acceded to or approved the Ban Amendment and that were Parties to the Convention at the third session of the Conference of the Parties (COP3) which could facilitate entry into force of the Ban Amendment;

Facilitating information exchange between Parties to the Convention that have not ratified, accepted, acceded to or approved the Ban Amendment and between these Parties and the Parties that have ratified it.

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