Proposed amendments

Amendment of the Basel Convention (Article 17)

There is currently no proposal under consideration for amendment of the Convention.

The third meeting of the Conference of the Parties adopted the Ban Amendment by decision III/1, which includes amendments to the preamble and Article 4 to the Convention – more information is available here.

Adoption of annexes to the Basel Convention (Article 18)

There is currently no proposal under consideration for adding new annexes to the Convention.

Amendment to the annexes to the Basel Convention (Article 18)

There are currently three proposals under consideration to amend the annexes to the Convention.

On 12 October 2018, the Secretariat received from Norway proposals to amend Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Basel Convention, followed by a corrigendum on 19 November 2018. The proposals are set out in annex I to document UNEP/CHW.14/27, while Annex II to the same document shows in tracked changes the proposed amendments to the current texts of Annexes II, VIII and IX. An explanatory note, in the six languages of the United Nations, from Norway is set out in document UNEP/CHW.14/INF/18.

Pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 17 and paragraphs 2 (a) and 3 of Article 18 of the Convention, on 26 October 2018, more than six months before the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the Secretariat communicated the proposals to amend Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Convention to the Parties and signatories to the Convention. A corrigendum to the proposal was subsequently communicated on 6 December 2018. The proposals were also communicated to the depositary for information. The table below sets out comments received from Parties and observers on the proposals. A compilation of comments received from Parties relating to the proposed amendments is set out in document UNEP/CHW.14/INF/17.

The proposals are expected to be considered by the Conference of the Parties during its fourteenth meeting (29 April-10 May 2019). For information on the consideration by the eleventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (3-6 September 2018) of an earlier proposal by Norway to amend annex IX, please see here.

For information on the work under the Convention on marine plastic litter and microplastics, please see here.

Comments received from Parties and observers prior to the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the proposals to amend Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Convention.

  • Parties
  • Observers