Activities 2018-2019

The activities to be undertaken by the Expert Working Group on the review of Annexes during the biennium 2018-2019 are set out in decision BC-13/2.

By its decision BC-13/2, the Conference of the Parties, among other things:

  • adopted the mandate and terms of reference of the expert working group on the review of the Annexes, as set out in the annex II to its decision;
  • welcomed the report by Canada on the review of Annexes I, III, IV and related aspects of Annex IX to the Convention, which includes compiled and analysed information from Parties and others;
  • agreed that the report should be taken as a basis for the further work on the review of those Annexes; and
  • invited Parties and observers involved in the expert working group to submit, taking into account the report from Canada, comments on the review of Annexes I, III, IV and related aspects of Annex IX to the Convention to the Secretariat by 30 September 2017 for consideration by the expert working group.
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Comments from Parties and observers involved in the expert working group, pursuant to decision BC-13/2

The Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG) considered the matter during its eleventh meeting at what time it adopted decision OEWG-11/12 on providing further legal clarity whereby it, among  other things:

  1. Invited Parties and others to submit to the Secretariat, by 31 October 2018, comments on the possible way forward leading up to the fifteenth and sixteenth meetings of the Conference of the Parties, as presented in appendix II to document UNEP/CHW/OEWG.11/INF/30 and requested the Secretariat to publish comments received on the website of the Basel Convention and to compile those comments for consideration by the expert working group;
  2. Requested the expert working group to prepare recommendations for revisions to Annex IV and Annex IX (B1110) for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its fourteenth meeting;
  3. Requests the Secretariat to make available to Parties and observers, by 8 January 2019, the recommendations for revisions to Annex IV and Annex IX (B1110), invited Parties and others to submit to the Secretariat, by 15 March 2019, comments thereon, and requested the Secretariat to publish comments received on the website of the Basel Convention and to compile those comments for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its fourteenth meeting;
  4. Also recommended that the Conference of the Parties at its fourteenth meeting consider including the review of entry B1110 and the review of mirror entry A1180 in the terms of reference of the expert working group;
  5. Suggested that the Conference of the Parties at its fourteenth meeting consider extending the mandate of the expert working group to enable it to assess the implications of the review of Annexes I, III and IV for other annexes of the Convention and for relevant decisions of the Conference of the Parties, inter alia, for the notification and movement documents and the reporting format, and to report on its findings to the Open-ended Working Group at its twelfth meeting.
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Comments from Parties and others on the possible way forward leading up to COP-15 and COP-16

The recommendations for revisions to Annex IV and Annex IX (B1110) developed by the expert working group during its second meeting (Buenos Aires, Argentina 10-13 December 2018) were made available to Parties and observers in a 8 January 2019 Communication with an invitation to comment by 15 March 2019.

Comments from Parties and observers on the recommendations for revisions to Annex IV and Annex IX (B1110)

  • Parties
  • Observers