Proposed amendments

Amendment of the Basel Convention (Article 17)

There is currently one proposal under consideration for amending paragraph 2 of Article 6 of the Convention by the Russian Federation, for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its fifteenth meeting (19 -30 July 2021). The proposal was communicated to Parties on 19 January 2021, comments by Parties are invited by 1 December 2021.

Comments received from Parties and observers prior to the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the proposal to amend paragraph 2 of Article 6 of the Convention

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The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties adopted the Ban Amendment by decision III/1, which includes amendments to the preamble and Article 4 to the Convention – more information is available here.

Adoption of annexes to the Basel Convention (Article 18)

There is currently no proposal under consideration for adding new annexes to the Convention.

Amendment to the annexes to the Basel Convention (Article 18)

There are currently two proposals to amend the annexes to the Basel Convention for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its fifteenth meeting (19 -30 July 2021). The proposal by the European Union to amend Annex IV and certain entries in Annexes II and IX to the Basel Convention , and the proposal by Switzerland and Ghana to amend Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Basel Convention were communicated to Parties on 19 January 2021, comments by Parties are invited by 1 December 2021. Both proposals are linked to the work under the Convention on the review of its annexes.

Comments received from Parties and observers prior to the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the proposal to amend Annex IV and certain entries in Annexes II and IX to the Convention

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Comments received from Parties and observers prior to the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the proposal to amend Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Basel Convention

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The latest amendment to the annexes to the Convention, the Plastic Waste Amendments, were adopted by the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (29 April-10 May 2019).

On 12 October 2018, the Secretariat received from Norway proposals to amend Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Basel Convention, followed by a corrigendum on 19 November 2018. The proposals are set out in annex I to document UNEP/CHW.14/27, while Annex II to the same document shows in tracked changes the proposed amendments to the current texts of Annexes II, VIII and IX. An explanatory note, in the six languages of the United Nations, from Norway is set out in document UNEP/CHW.14/INF/18.

Pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 17 and paragraphs 2 (a) and 3 of Article 18 of the Convention, on 26 October 2018, more than six months before the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the Secretariat communicated the proposals to amend Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Convention to the Parties and signatories to the Convention. A corrigendum to the proposal was subsequently communicated on 6 December 2018. The proposals were also communicated to the depositary for information. The table below sets out comments received from Parties and observers on the proposals. A compilation of comments received from Parties relating to the proposed amendments is set out in document UNEP/CHW.14/INF/17.

For more information on the work under the Convention on marine plastic litter and microplastics, please see here.

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Comments received from Parties and observers prior to the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the proposals to amend Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Convention.

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