Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention

Geneva, Switzerland, from 4 to 15 May 2015

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

Summary of outcomes: About 1,200 participants took part in the Conference, which was held from 4 to 15 May 2015, back-to-back with the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-7) and the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-7). The meetings included joint sessions among two or three of the conferences of the parties on joint issues. The theme for the meetings was ‘From science to action, working for a safer tomorrow’.

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention adopted 25 decisions, including six identical ones for the three meetings of the conference of the parties. Some of the main outcomes of the Conference included the adoption of the e-waste technical guidelines, of seven POPs wastes technical guidelines, and of updated technical guidelines on mercury wastes. Other major outcomes concern the adoption of decisions on the follow-up to the Indonesian-Swiss country-led initiative, the road map for action on the implementation of the Cartagena Declaration, national reporting, including a revised national reporting format, the Implementation and Compliance Committee, technical assistance, Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment, and the work programme and operations of the Open-ended Working Group for 2016 - 2017.

Report, decisions and documents

  • Report
  • Decisions
  • Working documents
  • Information documents

Call for information and follow-up to COP-12

Some of the decisions taken included invitations to parties and others to provide information. To consult those requests, please visit the "Call for information and follow-up to COP-12" page.

List of participants

The list of meeting participants, as at 27 May 2015, is available from here.

Election of officers

At its twelfth meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention elected a new Bureau and members of subsidiary bodies under the Convention.

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