Fourth meeting of the expert working group on the review of Annexes to the Basel Convention

Online from 05 to 09 October 2020 (part I) and from 01 to 03 February 2021

Highlights of the fourth meeting of the EWG on RA: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Switzerland as well as globally, it was not feasible to organize the fourth meeting of the expert working group on the review of Annexes to the Basel Convention as initially planned as a face-to-face meeting in Geneva, from 5 to 9 October 2020. Initial sessions of the meeting therefore took place online, from 5 to 9 October 2020, and will be complemented by supplementary sessions scheduled from 01- to 03 February 2021 as well as subsequent online or face to face sessions as needed.

5 to 9 October 2020 sessions  

During its 5 to 9 October 2020 sessions, the expert working group focused its deliberations on matters that need to be finalized by the end of 2020, namely in relation to possible amendment proposals to Annex IV and the two e-waste entries in Annex VIII (entry A1180) and IX (entry B1110), while postponing to later sessions the review of Annexes I and III, including the work in relation to plastics. Accordingly, the EWG focused its October 2020 sessions on revising its 15 January 2020 recommendations on the review of Annexes for possible amendment proposals to Annex IV and to entries A1180 and B1110 in Annexes VIII and IX to the Basel Convention, and findings on the consequential implications of the review of Annex IV to the Convention in light of comment thereon received by Parties and observers by 15 April 2020 and in the context of the online segment of the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended working group.

As reflected in the meeting report of the 5-9 October 2020 sessions of its fourth meeting, available in the table below, the EWG did not consider sections I to III of the introduction to its 15 January 2020 recommendations and findings, nor did it consider the first six paragraphs of Appendix I thereof. Accordingly, revisions were only brought to the general introduction of Annex IV, the captions and introductory texts for both parts of Annex IV, the existing operations and the new proposed operations for Annex IV, and the e-waste entries A1180 ad B1110.

The holding of further sessions (timing and format) was also considered by the EWG during its October meeting taking into account the evolution of the pandemic, and the co-chairs were entrusted to make a proposal to the EWG for such sessions.

1 to 3 February 2021 sessions 

The EWG will meet for resumed online sessions from 1 to 3 February 2021 to continue with its work on the review of Annex IV and the e-waste entries A 1180 and B1110. The EWG is expected to have an exchange of views on amendment proposals received from the European Union and from Ghana and Switzerland, and to finalize consideration of its recommendations on the review of Annexes for possible amendment proposals to Annex IV and to entries A1180 and B1110 in Annexes VIII and IX to the Basel Convention, and findings on the consequential implications of the review of Annex IV to the Convention. The EWG is also expected to consider dates for resuming its work prior to the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties with a view to progressing its work on the review of Annexes I and III. 

Organizer: The October 2020 and February 2021 sessions of the fourth meeting of the EWG were organized by the Secretariat.

Working language: English

Meeting documents

  • Working documents
  • Information documents

Background documents

 
TitleEnglish
Items: 17 
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 Convention205.68 K
Glossary of terms77.22 K
Review of Annex I: Compilation of comments on the review of Annex I (UNEP/CHW/RA_EWG.2/INF/7)1.7 MB 1.69 MB
Review of Annex III: Compilation of comments on the review of Annex III (UNEP/CHW/RA_EWG.2/INF/8)2.99 MB 1.94 MB
Follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention (BC-13/2)58.86 K
Decision BC-14/1323.62 K 123.21 K
Decision BC-14/1625.16 K 87.27 K
Annex III thought starter by Canada (January 2020)48.13 K 205.04 K
Compilation of comments on the Annex III thought starter by Canada (status 4 September 2020)1.6 MB 1.52 MB
Compilation of comments on the review of Annexes I and III (status 4 September 2020)1.67 MB 1 MB
Co-chairs invitation for comments on 8 issues25.32 K
HWE views on Information note by Canada on proposed operation D1617.29 K
CEWEP comments on 8 issues231.19 K
FEAD comments on 8 issues33.51 K
HWE comments on 8 issues30.21 K
Plastics Europe comments on Chemical recycling1023.88 K
Information note by Canada on proposed operation D1617.96 K