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

Pretoria, South Africa, from 18 to 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 Ban Amendment provides for the prohibition by each Party included in Annex VII of the Basel Convention (Parties and other States which are members of the OECD, EC, Liechtenstein) of all transboundary movements to States not included in Annex VII of hazardous wastes covered by the Convention that are intended for final disposal, and of all transboundary movements to States not included in Annex VII of hazardous wastes covered by paragraph 1 (a) of Article 1 of the Convention that are destined for reuse, recycling or recovery operations.

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

Organizer(s): The workshop will be 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 will be English.

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.

Target Audience

Representatives of the following Parties to the Basel Convention attended the workshop: Brazil, Mexico, Guinea, the Islamic Republic of Iran, South Africa and Viet Nam. Also the BCRC-Egypt and BCRC/SCRC-South Africa participated in the workshop.

Outcome:

The workshop included presentations, practical exercises and working group discussions on procedural and substantive issues related to the Ban Amendment, including economic, environmental and social impacts. A case study was also presented by the BCRC/SCRC-South Africa on the ratification of the Ban Amendment. The participants discussed challenges and barriers leading to ratification and possible solutions.

They  agreed on several conclusions and recommendations, including that the Ban Amendment is a critical issue although it has not always been accorded priority and that Parties need to maintain the current momentum in relation to the ratification of the Ban Amendment. Several parties developed elements of the national roadmaps towards ratification.

 

Workshop Documents

 

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Tentative Agenda
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English
52.56 K
English
Information Note
95.36 K
English