Development of Technical Guidelines on e-waste

The revised technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electrical and electronic waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non waste under the Basel Convention, was adopted, on an interim basis, at the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties by decision BC-14/5.

Work following COP-14

At its fourteenth meeting, by its decision BC-14/5, the Conference of the Parties (COP), acknowledged the need to look further into sub-paragraphs 32(a) and 32(b) of the revised technical guidelines, in particular the concerns of Parties on the distinction between waste and non-waste to advance the work towards the finalization of the guidelines;

In paragraph 5 of the same decision, the COP decided to extend the mandate of the expert working group established by paragraph 5 of decision BC-13/5.

In paragraph 7 of the same decision, the COP invited each regional group to reconsider their nomination and nominate, as appropriate, through its Bureau representatives, by 30 June 2019, members of the expert working group with relevant knowledge and expertise;

Please find here the list of members to the Expert Working Group on the e-waste technical guidelines, between COP-14 and COP-15.

In paragraph 8 and 9 of the same decision, the COP invited Parties and others to use and test, on a pilot basis, the revised technical guidelines and to submit, not later than two months before the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group, through the Secretariat, comments on the activities above and the results of using and testing the revised technical guidelines;

In paragraph 13(a) of the same decision, the COP requested the Secretariat to continue to provide, subject to the availability of resources, training to developing-country Parties and other Parties in need of assistance in using the technical guidelines referred to in paragraph 3 above, and to organize such activities in cooperation with the Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres or by other appropriate means;

Comments or queries should be sent to Ms. Carla Valle-Klann, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (Email: carla.valle@brsmeas.org, Tel: +41 22 917 86 86).

Work following COP-13

At its thirteenth meeting, by its decision BC-13/5, the COP established an Expert Working Group to undertake further work on the technical guidelines adopted on an interim basis at COP-12. And the government of China has offered to lead the referred work.

Please find here the list of members to the Expert Working Group on the e-waste technical guidelines, between COP-13 and COP-14.

In paragraph 11 of the same decision, the COP, requested the Secretariat to develop, as appropriate, and in consultation with the lead country, a revised questionnaire based upon paragraph 3 of decision OEWG-10/5, and send it out to Parties and others by 30 September 2017. Parties and others were invited to provide responses to the questionnaire to the Secretariat by 30 November 2017. 

Compilation of responses to the questionnaire was set out to the OEWG at its eleventh meeting. (UNEP/CHW/OEWG.11/INF/16)

In paragraph 3 of the same decision, the COP invited Parties and others to provide comments on different aspects related to the development of the technical guidelines, to the Secretariat, by 30 October 2017. Please find below the comments provided. 

The Expert Working Group on the e-waste technical guidelines had their first face-to-face meeting in Beijing, China, on 25-26 January, 2018.

The Expert Working Group on the e-waste technical guidelines will have their second face-to-face meeting from 17 to 19 April 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Comments received from Parties and others on different aspects related to the development of the technical guidelines, with a deadline of 30 October 2017

 
SubmitterComments
Items: 8Files: 8
Argentina
17.05 K
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Basel Action Network (BAN)
245.86 K
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DITTA
531.1 K
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ICT Trade Associations
261.85 K
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India
202.89 K
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Republic of Korea
19.77 K
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United States of America
170.64 K
English
Trinidad and Tobago
4.77 MB
English

Work prior to COP-13

The Conference of the Parties at its twelfth meeting invited parties and others to use the technical guidelines, which were adopted on an interim basis, and to submit, not later than two months before the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, through the Secretariat, comments on their experience in so doing, and to provide comments on the issues mentioned in paragraph 5 of decision BC-12/5, to the Secretariat five months before the opening of the tenth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group for consideration at its meeting.

Comments received from Parties and others on the issues mentioned in paragraph 5 of decision BC-12/5 are listed in a table below.

Information transmitted by Parties on any conditions applicable in relation to used equipment that should normally be considered waste or non-waste (paragraph 8 of decision BC-12/5) is available here.

Comments received from Parties and others on the issues mentioned in paragraph 5 of decision BC-12/5

 
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Items: 16Files: 19
Australia
332.46 K
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Basel Action Network (BAN)
41.48 K
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Basel Action Network (BAN) - 2nd set of comments
154.87 K
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Brazil
17.72 K
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Canada
1.78 MB
English
China
19.92 K
English
Colombia
152.17 K
Spanish
404.63 K
Spanish
Comments collected by the BRS Secretariat at the E-waste workshop for the African region, Nigeria, 20-23 October 2015
14.27 K
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DITTA
362.29 K
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EU (regarding paragraph 5 of decision BC-12/5)
144.31 K
English
23.08 K
English
India
37.52 K
English
ITI, USA
477.9 K
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Malaysia
220.91 K
English
250.51 K
English
New Zealand
25.44 K
English
Norway
261.93 K
English
State of Palestine
728.18 K
English

Previous comments and versions of the technical guidelines can be found in the archive page