Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention

Geneva, Switzerland, from 4 to 15 May 2015

Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé, Geneva, Switzerland.

Summary of outcomes: About 1,200 participants took part in the Conference, which was held from 4 to 15 May 2015, back-to-back with the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-7) and the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-7). The meetings included joint sessions among two or three of the conferences of the parties on joint issues. The theme for the meetings was ‘From science to action, working for a safer tomorrow’.

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention adopted 25 decisions, including six identical ones for the three meetings of the conference of the parties. Some of the main outcomes of the Conference included the adoption of the e-waste technical guidelines, of seven POPs wastes technical guidelines, and of updated technical guidelines on mercury wastes. Other major outcomes concern the adoption of decisions on the follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative, the road map for action on the implementation of the Cartagena Declaration, national reporting, including a revised national reporting format, the Implementation and Compliance Committee, technical assistance, Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment, and the work programme and operations of the Open-ended Working Group for 2016 - 2017.

Report, decisions and documents

  • Report
  • Decisions
  • Working documents
  • Information documents

Call for information and follow-up to COP-12

Some of the decisions taken included invitations to parties and others to provide information. To consult those requests, please visit the "Call for information and follow-up to COP-12" page.

List of participants

The list of meeting participants, as at 27 May 2015, is available from here.

Election of officers

At its twelfth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention elected a new Bureau and members of subsidiary bodies under the Convention.

 
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Items: 53      
Provisional agenda184 K 157.97 K 141.5 K 207.12 K 73.5 K 30.72 K 692.5 K 390.38 K 178.5 K 233.42 K 148.5 K 108.81 K
Annotations to the provisional agenda255 K 340.04 K 176 K 388.69 K 109 K 233.97 K 720.5 K 240.27 K 248.5 K 365.38 K 182 K 155.95 K
Election of officers226 K 343.76 K 177.5 K 330.64 K 109.5 K 323.89 K 722 K 301.44 K 366 K 364.01 K 179.5 K 76.14 K
Follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention227 K 332.27 K 171 K 307.02 K 104.5 K 67.75 K 714 K 56.56 K 237 K 232.14 K 188 K 79.36 K
Follow-up on the Indonesian-Swiss country-lead initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention: report on the activities and the draft work programme of the expert working group on environmentally sound management 259 K 359.09 K 719.5 K 262.39 K 124 K 107.6 K 740.5 K 325.38 K 258.5 K 229.51 K 229.5 K 184.52 K
Follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention: a set of practical manuals for the promotion of the environmentally sound management of wastes355.05 K 559.56 K 609 K 586.14 K 454 K 746.24 K 1.07 MB 606.44 K 959.5 K 1018.13 K 626.5 K 308.21 K
Report on progress in the implementation of the strategic framework191.5 K 251.31 K 151.5 K 234.01 K 86.5 K 125.17 K 690.5 K 394.22 K 191.5 K 157.49 K 165 K 122.86 K
Technical guidelines312.5 K 480.5 K 746 K 328.31 K 155.5 K 187.07 K 748 K 452.74 K 428 K 360.79 K 259.5 K 173.61 K
Technical guidelines: technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electronic and electrical waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non waste under the Basel Convention688 K 769.31 K 415 K 635.97 K 173.81 K 223.98 K 944.5 K 598.04 K 500 K 758.15 K 443.5 K 251.12 K
Technical guidelines: 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 Convention700.5 K 366.71 K 442.5 K 480.25 K 215.51 K 256.69 K 964 K 257.26 K 289.45 K 522.37 K 277.11 K 252.42 K
Technical guidelines: updated general technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with persistent organic pollutants1001 K 1.35 MB 707 K 1.23 MB 235.71 K 454.02 K 1.17 MB 1.05 MB 1.02 MB 872.88 K 707.5 K 818.57 K
Technical guidelines: General technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with persistent organic pollutants1.16 MB 754.28 K 728 K 814.72 K 332.22 K 610.23 K 1.31 MB 578.9 K 995.5 K 816 K 538.39 K
Technical guidelines: Technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF)758 K 808.41 K 894 K 558.03 K 139.39 K 177.67 K 920 K 630.42 K 596.5 K 706.9 K 444.5 K 661.03 K
Technical guidelines: Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride768.5 K 309.62 K 917 K 434.64 K 167.06 K 216.99 K 949.5 K 215.86 K 489 K 374.38 K 471.5 K 218.39 K
Technical guidelines: updated technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes containing or contaminated with unintentionally produced polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans, hexachlorobenzene, polychlorinated biphenyls or pentachlorobenzene508.5 K 710.33 K 475 K 544.71 K 134.58 K 199.84 K 947 K 594.3 K 501 K 443.13 K 389 K 467.78 K
Technical guidelines: Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes containing or contaminated with unintentionally produced polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans, hexachlorobenzene, polychlorinated biphenyls or pentachlorobenzene553.5 K 396.86 K 391 K 424.55 K 163.28 K 264.67 K 1011 K 248.99 K 544.5 K 484.08 K 420 K 250.65 K
Technical guidelines: updated technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated terphenyls (PCTs) or polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), including hexabromobiphenyl (HBB)615.5 K 882.38 K 347.5 K 332.65 K 153.21 K 162.98 K 885 K 499.14 K 452 K 495.97 K 369 K 404.02 K
Technical guidelines: Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, polychlorinated terphenyls or polybrominated biphenyls including hexabromobiphenyl 657 K 504.92 K 400.5 K 386.32 K 194.56 K 239.68 K 906.5 K 176.35 K 564 K 478.9 K 412.5 K 182.76 K
Technical guidelines: technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether, and tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether491.5 K 694.16 K 868 K 502.21 K 123.97 K 224.08 K 865.5 K 475.61 K 438.5 K 369.59 K 350.5 K 434.93 K
Technical guidelines: Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether, or tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether 284.39 K 301.27 K 907.5 K 364.09 K 147.82 K 186.81 K 862.5 K 175.12 K 499 K 438.24 K 379 K 273.24 K
Technical guidelines: technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with hexabromocyclododecane 444.5 K 667.97 K 864.5 K 690.28 K 323.5 K 222.18 K 967.5 K 585.78 K 148.75 K 604.26 K 396 K 390.65 K
Technical guidelines: Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with hexabromocyclododecane 488.5 K 420.62 K 906 K 441.81 K 389.5 K 265.88 K 980.5 K 308.2 K 154.69 K 487.88 K 417.5 K 257.25 K
Technical guidelines: Updated technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing, or contaminated with mercury or mercury compounds 1.8 MB 2.55 MB 1.59 MB 1.38 MB 1.06 MB 1.1 MB 1.79 MB 1.71 MB 2.2 MB 1.6 MB 2.68 MB 1.92 MB
Technical guidelines: Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with mercury or mercury compounds1.6 MB 1.88 MB 1.55 MB 1.27 MB 1.6 MB 1.01 MB 1.28 MB 900.44 K 1.99 MB 1.43 MB 1.46 MB 1.13 MB
Technical guidelines: Technical guidelines on the environmentally sound management of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with the pesticides aldrin, alpha hexachlorocyclohexane, beta hexachlorocyclohexane, chlordane, chlordecone, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, hexachlorobenzene, lindane, mirex, pentachlorobenzene, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, technical endosulfan and its related isomers or toxaphene or with hexachlorobenzene as an industrial chemical594.04 K 636.22 K 415.72 K 647.25 K 389.08 K 390.63 K 1.01 MB 417.83 K 431.34 K 698.48 K 558.62 K 408.86 K
Applications for new entries to Annex IX to the Basel Convention189.5 K 308.31 K 137 K 114.2 K 71.5 K 33.53 K 693.5 K 33.42 K 188 K 143.62 K 149.5 K 68.45 K
Classification and hazard characterization of wastes: review of cooperation with the World Customs Organization and its Harmonized System Committee334.5 K 205.6 K 135 K 122.98 K 71.5 K 39.61 K 689.5 K 392.74 K 313.5 K 249.48 K 147.5 K 54.13 K
National reporting285.5 K 393.07 K 739.5 K 245.03 K 142.5 K 172.14 K 740 K 225.23 K 250 K 313.5 K 201 K 133.13 K
Committee for Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance of the Basel Convention286 K 394.22 K 165.5 K 531.15 K 133 K 252.52 K 724 K 87.05 K 279.5 K 289.6 K 221.5 K 253.57 K
Committee for Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance of the Basel Convention: methodological guide for the development of inventories of hazardous wastes and other wastes under the Basel Convention 1.31 MB 999.08 K 777.8 K 522.42 K 596.22 K 409.28 K 1.23 MB 444.25 K 744.21 K 767.43 K 711.62 K 423.86 K
Committee for Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance of the Basel Convention: guidance on the implementation of the Basel Convention illegal traffic take-back provision (paragraph 2 of Article 9) 880 K 691.73 K 373.29 K 417.62 K 360.14 K 337.38 K 1018.63 K 348.9 K 512.42 K 719.71 K 442.4 K 349.61 K
Committee for Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance of the Basel Convention: guide to the control system 444.89 K 1.14 MB 332.42 K 541.34 K 305.24 K 380.1 K 821.45 K 350.85 K 356.13 K 639.48 K 391.9 K 391.94 K
Committee for Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance of the Basel Convention: guide to the control system447.12 K 734.86 K 333.23 K 567.47 K 305.04 K 380.89 K 822.71 K 351.99 K 360.77 K 641.21 K 390.27 K 392.29 K
Committee for Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance of the Basel Convention: Manual for the implementation of the Basel Convention581.15 K 1.03 MB 355.08 K 451.94 K 319.79 K 251.05 K 971.67 K 278.43 K 481.23 K 615.99 K 464.94 K 325.86 K
Committee for Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance of the Basel Convention: Manual for the implementation of the Basel Convention581.8 K 560.59 K 351.29 K 451 K 320.13 K 250.84 K 970.03 K 277.35 K 486.47 K 616.35 K 463.45 K 326.81 K
Road map for action on the implementation of the Cartagena Declaration219 K 288.28 K 293.5 K 144.33 K 93.5 K 50.34 K 694 K 49.12 K 219.5 K 212.15 K 168 K 142.08 K
National legislation, notifications, enforcement of the Convention and efforts to combat illegal traffic230 K 398.61 K 131 K 183.83 K 116.5 K 67.76 K 727 K 68.46 K 225 K 238.61 K 335 K 180.96 K
Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres334 K 369.98 K 233 K 234.58 K 149.5 K 186.98 K 754.5 K 58.83 K 263 K 329.32 K 223 K 110.29 K
Technical assistance and capacity-building for the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (joint document)460 K 422.79 K 278.5 K 402.67 K 215.5 K 254.2 K 622 K 387.56 K 405.5 K 312.03 K 2.64 MB 233.25 K
Implementation of decision V/32 on the enlargement of the scope of the Trust Fund to Assist Developing and Other Countries in Need of Technical Assistance in the Implementation of the Basel Convention250.5 K 319.44 K 211.5 K 380.34 K 137 K 79.31 K 733 K 288.58 K 409.5 K 385.91 K 213 K 156.23 K
Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment200 K 240.75 K 668 K 192.17 K 98 K 136.72 K 222 K 192.21 K 202 K 198.16 K 187 K 65.03 K
Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic192.5 K 260.67 K 160.5 K 228.39 K 86.5 K 132.46 K 699.5 K 182.12 K 195.5 K 267.77 K 160.5 K 59.47 K
Environmentally sound dismantling of ships192 K 278.49 K 271.5 K 246.07 K 76 K 128.64 K 685 K 48.84 K 198.5 K 261.08 K 149.5 K 113.52 K
Cooperation between the Basel Convention and the International Maritime Organization211 K 305.89 K 694 K 274.59 K 105.5 K 57.33 K 699.5 K 194.96 K 202 K 318.01 K 312.5 K 140.94 K
International cooperation and coordination (joint document)405 K 325.4 K 775.5 K 375.86 K 210.5 K 133.02 K 586.5 K 380.3 K 337 K 299.01 K 2.47 MB 262.19 K
Facilitating financial resources for chemicals and wastes (joint document)408 K 337.1 K 349 K 307.88 K 181.5 K 200.39 K 511.5 K 288.17 K 342.5 K 245.23 K 2.48 MB 188.01 K
Work programme and operations of the Open-ended Working Group for the biennium 2016–2017380.5 K 270.4 K 328.5 K 389.77 K 121 K 262.97 K 717.5 K 228.32 K 234 K 222.11 K 226 K 268.85 K
Programmes of work and proposed budgets for the biennium 2016–2017: combined proposal including joint activities (joint document)464.5 K 603.95 K 358.5 K 465.42 K 337.5 K 445.98 K 727.5 K 513.69 K 518 K 387.56 K 396 K 237.07 K
Enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (joint document)436.5 K 391.87 K 235.5 K 396.47 K 189.5 K 277.65 K 251.5 K 338.17 K 365.5 K 285.6 K 2.49 MB 207.99 K
Admission of observers402 K 393.48 K 225 K 300.39 K 159.5 K 56.88 K 1.39 MB 60.01 K 266.5 K 260.36 K 237.5 K 297.21 K
Draft memorandum of understanding between the United Nations Environment Programme and the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal251.5 K 405.17 K 120 K 380.83 K 134 K 224.56 K 742.5 K 341.88 K 263.5 K 307.88 K 213 K 228.94 K
Clearing-house mechanism for information exchange (joint document)386.5 K 306.51 K 221 K 144.4 K 176 K 59.54 K 595 K 139.29 K 313.5 K 198.53 K 2.47 MB 55.23 K
Report of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal on the work of its twelfth meeting2.33 MB 3.24 MB 2.12 MB 2.73 MB 2.06 MB 3.6 MB 2.51 MB 2.44 MB 2.46 MB 2.79 MB 682.98 K 2.31 MB

 
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 Tentative schedule of work of the meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (joint document)472 K 78.68 K