Small Intersessional Working Group

The small intersessional working group on improving the prior informed procedure was established by the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. It is open to all Parties, with the aim of balanced representation of the five regional groups of the United Nations. The small intersessional working group is to identify challenges and best practices, possible approaches and initiatives and to develop recommendations for improving the functioning of the procedure, avoiding duplication of work and ensuring consistency.

Parties and observers are invited to nominate, by 30 September 2023, experts with relevant knowledge of and expertise in the implementation of the prior informed consent procedure to participate in the small intersessional working group.

Parties are furthermore invited to consider serving as lead country in the work related to improving the functioning of the procedure, and to inform the Secretariat by 30 September 2023 of their willingness to do so.

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List of current members of the Small Intersessional Working Group (as of 1 March 2024)  

The small intersessional working group will operate by electronic means and, subject to the availability of resources, will also hold face-to-face meetings.

Parties and others were also invited to submit to the Secretariat by 30 September 2023 information on challenges in the implementation of the prior informed consent procedure and on best practices, possible approaches and initiatives to improve its functioning. The Secretariat was requested to make available the information received on the website of the Convention.

The information transmitted by Parties and observers on challenges in the implementation of the prior informed consent procedure and on best practices, possible approaches, initiatives and views to improve the functioning of the procedure is set out in the table below.

Information on challenges in the implementation of the prior informed consent procedure and on best practices, possible approaches, initiatives and views to improve the functioning of the procedure

  • Parties
  • Observers