Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are an important stakeholder group, representing civil society and advocating on behalf of environmental protection, social welfare and other matters. They may make various contributions through their experience, expertise and capacity, as an independent monitor and a source of research and information, policy development, public education and awareness-raising.
Cooperation and collaboration with NGOs to support the implementation of the Convention may be achieved through the establishment of partnerships, among other actions. Partnerships are a creative instrument for pro-active exchange of information, experience and know-how among concerned stakeholders. Several NGOs are actively participating in the Partnership Programme. More information on the Partnership Programme.
NGOs may also be represented by observers at meetings of the Basel Convention bodies, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Convention and the rules of procedure. Please click here for more information on the procedure for admission of observers and a list of previously admitted observers.