At its fifteenth meeting, the Conference of the Parties by decision BC-15/3 decided to improve, as appropriate, the strategic framework for the period 2012–2021, taking into account the main findings, conclusions and recommendations of the report on the final evaluation of the strategic framework as reflected in the decisions adopted at its fifteenth meeting and on the lessons learned in the preparation of the report, especially those pertaining to technical assistance, capacity building, technology transfer and cooperation, including through strengthened and coordinated actions of regional centres.

The Small Intersessional Working Group established under the strategic framework for the implementation of the Basel Convention for 2012-2021 continued its work and was open to Parties and observers, including the Basel Convention regional and coordinating centres.

Canada served as the lead country of the activities, namely to: