Twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-12)

Geneva, Switzerland from 22 to 25 June 2020

Note on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Switzerland as well as globally as well as related travel restrictions, it will not be feasible to organize OEWG-12 as initially planned as a face-to-face meeting in Geneva, from 22 to 25 June 2020. The Secretariat has, among others, taken into account the information and guidance from the United Nations Department of Operational Support, the WHO, the Swiss authorities and the United Nations Office at Geneva received to-date. 

 The Secretariat, in consultation with the OEWG Bureau, is currently looking into other arrangements for the meeting, including the possibility of holding the meeting through electronic means. 

Once the format of the meeting has been agreed to by the OEWG Bureau, the Secretariat will communicate the decision and related modalities widely with Parties and observers. A number of webinars will also be organized to support all participants in understanding how the OEWG will operate.‚Äč

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

Highlights: The twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG-12) will be held from 22 to 25 June 2020 in Geneva, back to back with the fourteenth meeting of the Implementation and Compliance Committee and the meeting of the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention which be held respectively from 26 to 30 June 2020, and on 26 June 2020 at the International Environment House 2. Pre-meetings to OEWG-12, including regional and Bureau meetings, will take place on Sunday, 21 June 2020.

The key issues and documents to be considered at OEWG-12 are the following: strategic framework; guidelines for environmentally sound management (ESM); five technical guidelines namely on: the ESM of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with persistent organic pollutants, on incineration on land and on specially engineered landfill, for the identification and ESM of plastic wastes and for their disposal, on transboundary movements of e- waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, in particular regarding the distinction between waste and non-waste, and on the ESM of wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with mercury or mercury compounds; consideration of whether to update the technical guidelines on hazardous waste related to physico-chemical treatment and biological treatment, and for the ESM of waste lead-acid batteries; national reporting; electronic approaches to the notification and movement documents; plastic waste; waste containing nanomaterials; consultation with the Committee Administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance; providing further legal clarity; national legislation, notifications, enforcement of the Convention and efforts to combat illegal traffic; the Basel Convention Partnership Programme; cooperation with the World Customs Organization on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System; and the work programme of the Open-ended Working Group for 2022-2023.

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

Working Documents

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UNEP/CHW/OEWG.12/1Provisional agenda55.11 K363.88 K