Parties to the Basel Convention are required to transmit their national reports to the Secretariat pursuant to article 13, paragraph 3.
The Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention at its sixth meeting (December 2002) adopted a format – revised questionnaire on “transmission of information” and a manual to further facilitate national reporting by Parties. The questionnaire consists of two parts: Part I and Part II. Part II has two sections - Section A and Section B. The manual is available in all six official United Nations languages and can be accessed by clicking on the following links: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Procedures and processes of the Secretariat
Close to the end of each year, the Secretariat sends an e-mail to all Parties requesting them to submit, before the end of the calendar year, a report containing the information requested for the previous calendar year.
In order to facilitate reporting, Part I and Part II Section A (Tables 8A and 8B) of the said questionnaires are pre-filled for those Parties that have reported on the preceding year. New Parties should contact the Secretariat to obtain instructions on how to submit their reports.
In November 2013, the Secretariat launched the Electronic Reporting System of the Basel Convention. Parties are invited to use this system to submit all their reports, including old ones.
Upon receipt of the completed questionnaires, the Secretariat carries out quality control of the data and information, to the extent possible, and sends queries asking for clarification when necessary.
The data and information received is available in the electronic reporting system. In addition, all the data and information provided by Parties is used in the preparation of the different compilations documents, which are made available on the Basel Convention website.
For further information on national reports, please click here.