Thirteenth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-13)

Geneva, Switzerland, from 21 to 23 February 2023

Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé, Geneva, Switzerland.

Highlights: The thirteenth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group took place from Tuesday, 21 February to Thursday, 23 February 2023, with pre-meetings, including Bureau and regional meetings, held on Monday, 20 February.  Given the 3-day duration of the meeting, the Working Group turned its attention to items in its work programme deemed to be of high or medium priority.  Such items included:

  • Consideration of recommendations to improve the Strategic Framework
  • Development draft recommendations to improve functioning of PIC procedure
  • Consideration and further development of technical guidelines, including those on POPs, plastic waste and waste lead-acid batteries
  • Consideration the need to update existing guidance, technical guidelines and factsheets in order to reflect adjustments consequential to the adoption of the e-waste amendments
  • Progress the work on further legal clarity

The Governments of Germany and Japan kindly funded the participation of eligible Party delegates in the meeting.

Working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

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

Meeting documents

  • Report
  • Decisions
  • Working documents
  • Information documents

Photo album

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