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 were 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 were 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. The Government of France kindly agreed to serve as the lead country for the preparation of the report for consideration by the Open-ended Working Group at its fourteenth meeting.

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List of current members of the Small Intersessional Working Group (as of 11 July 2024)  

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

The lead country, in consultation with the small intersessional working group, accordingly developed the report and options for possible ways forward to be considered by the Open-ended Working Group at its fourteenth meeting as set out in document UNEP/CHW/OEWG.14/INF/4. The working group furthermore agreed at its first meeting, held on 7-8 March 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland to invite Parties and observers to provide written comments on the report and options for possible ways forward ahead of the fourteenth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group.

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 (3 June 2024)

  • Parties
  • Observers

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 (30 September 2023)

  • Parties
  • Observers