Online side events

Online side events will be held during the online segment of the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-12).

Side events are a platform for Parties (including subsidiary bodies), and observers to share knowledge, build capacity, network and exchange on experience in the implementation of the Basel Convention.

Schedule of side events of the online segment of OEWG-12 (as of 25 August 2020)

Seven online side events will be organized on Wednesday 2 September 2020:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of Conventions - Secretariat of the Minamata Convention 9.00 to 10.00 a.m.(UTC/GMT+2) - session in English - Recording

  • e-Wastes: Closing the Remaining Loopholes’ - Basel Action Network (BAN) 9.00 to 10.00 a.m.(UTC/GMT+2) – session in English - Recording

  • Hidden Dangers in Plastic Waste: The Next Basel Challenge’ - Basel Action Network (BAN) on behalf of NGOs including BFFP, IPEN, GAIA and CIEL 11.00 to 12.00 p.m. (UTC/GMT+2) - session in English - Recording

  • Prior Informed Consent Procedure for all e-waste: proposal of Switzerland and Ghana for an amendment to the Basel Convention’ - Switzerland and Ghana 2.00 to 3.00 p.m. (UTC/GMT+2) - session in English - Recording

  • Strengthening coordination and engagement on waste issues’ - UNEP Chemicals and Health Branch and SAICM Secretariat 2.00 to 3.00 p.m. (UTC/GMT+2) - session in English - Recording

  • The review of Annexes to the Basel Convention: recommendations for possible amendment proposals to Annex IV and to entries A1180 and B1110 in Annexes VIII and IX to the Basel Convention’ - Expert working group on the review of the Annexes 4.00 to 5.00 p.m. (UTC/GMT+2) - session in English - Recording

  • Impact of COVID-19 on transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes and illegal traffic - ENFORCE 4.00 to 5.00 p.m. (UTC/GMT+2) - session in English - Recording

Technical arrangements

The internet-based software, Webex, will be used for the online side events on 2 September 2020. It allows sharing voice and data, such as PowerPoint presentations. Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a headset (preferred), a computer (preferred) or a phone, a microphone, speakers and a good internet connection.

The recommended browser with the operating system Windows is Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. We strongly recommend participants to join the session 20 minutes in advance to test the connection and verify the audio-settings.

Registration of organizers and participants

Participation in the online side events is open to all interested Parties and observers to the Basel Convention.

Participants are informed that the side-events will be recorded. Subject to consultation between the organisers and the Secretariat and taking into account UN rules and regulations as well as the BRS guidelines, the recordings may be made available on the Basel Convention website following the side event.

Please note that all organizers of online side events must be duly registered for OEWG-12. Depending on their status, they can register in one of the following categories: Party representatives, observers (Non-Party States, UN bodies, other observer bodies and agencies, e.g. intergovernmental organizations, regional centres, non-governmental organizations).


Should you have questions regarding the organization of side events, please contact directly Ms. Emilie Raynaud (