Given the very warm and humid conditions expected in Cartagena, the dress code for the meeting will be business casual, e.g., no neckties or jackets (men may wish to wear traditional shirts of the region called “guayaberas”, which are widely available in Cartagena).
The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention will be paperless:
- Printed documents will not be available at the meeting.
- All pre-session documents will be made available on the Convention website.
- In-session documents (such as conference room papers) will be available electronically via a wireless intranet.
A paperless meeting has the benefit of considerably reducing the costs and the carbon footprint of the meeting. A paperless meeting will also make it easier for delegates to locate particular documents and will allow for faster preparation and distribution of conference room papers.
Requirements for a paperless meeting
Each delegate is requested to follow the requirements described below:
- Each delegate is required to have a laptop containing basic applications, including Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Reader and updated antivirus software.
- Laptops must be free of viruses and pre-checked for viruses prior to arrival at the meeting. Virus-free laptops are crucial to the success of the paperless meeting.
- Laptops should be configured for a standard wireless (wi-fi) connection and to connect to the wi-fi by default. If in doubt, please check with your local information technology expert.
- Please bring a memory stick with you in case you need to transfer data. Ensure that it is virus-free.
- Please bring an appropriate adaptor to enable you to connect your laptop to Colombian power sockets (see the section on electricity provided by the host country).
- Please include a current e-mail address when completing the meeting registration form. Your e-mail box must have enough space available to accept e-mails containing meeting documents.
Notification from the Secretariat
Notification from tthe Secretariat to all bodies or agencies, whether national or international, goverrimental or nongovernmental, qualified in fields relating to the transboundary movements of hazardous wastes as well as their management and disposal, and which have informed the Secretariat of their wish to be represented, of this meeting.