Highlights: The Working Group, attended by more than 200 international waste managementexperts, adopted ten separate decisions aimed at strengthening implementation of the leading global treaty governing hazardous wastes. Considerable progress was made in a number of areas, including the further development of technical guidelines on e-waste and wastes containing persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Work progressed on technical guidelines for environmentally-sound management of wastes containing persistent organic pollutants, with agreement on covering new POPs added in 2010 to the Stockholm Convention on POPs. The guidelines will further strengthen synergies between the two global conventions.
Experts reviewed technical guidelines on transboundary movements of e-waste, which will be
further revised and considered for adoption by the Conference of the Parties, the highest governing body of the Convention, at its eleventh meeting (COP-11) in 2013.
As a follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative, the Working Group decided that a
first step towards achieving this goal was the development of a glossary covering key terminology
under the Convention such as waste/non-waste, hazardous/non-hazardous waste, re-use,
direct re-use, refurbishment, second hand goods, used goods and end-of-life goods.
The outcomes of the two meetings will help set the stage for the 11th meeting of the Conference
of the Parties to the Basel Convention, which will be held back-to-back with the conferences
of the parties to the Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions during a two-week period from 28 April to 10 May 2013 in Geneva.
The eighth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 8) was held from 25 to 28 September 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.