Twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-12)

Online, 1 and 3 September 2020 (online segment) and Nairobi, Kenya, March 2021 (face-to-face segment)


On 9 July 2020, the Bureau of the OEWG of the Basel Convention agreed to hold the OEWG-12 according to two components consisting of an online segment and a face to face segment.

Online segment

The online segment will consist of two online sessions held over two days, on Tuesday, 1 September 2020 and on Thursday, 3 September 2020, starting at 2:00 p.m. (UTC +2) on both days. Each session will last for three hours and will be conducted in the six official languages of the United Nations. The sessions will consist of technical briefings and run through the entire OEWG-12 agenda in a consecutive manner. Further information on the online segment is available here.

Face to face segment

An up to 4-day face to face meeting of the OEWG-12 will be held in March 2021, in Nairobi, Kenya, back to back with fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5), subject to the availability of resources and a positive development of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation. Support for the participation of developing countries and countries with economies in transition will be provided for one participant per eligible Party, as per usual practice for OEWG meetings and subject to the availability of resources.

Further information on the working arrangements of both segments as agreed by the Bureau of the OEWG are contained here.  

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Andrea Lechner, Secretariat of the Basel Convention (e-mail:

Meeting documents

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  • Working documents
  • Information documents