Online side events

During the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group to be held by electronic means, online side events will take place from 23 to 24 June 2020.

Side events are a platform for Parties (including subsidiary bodies), and observers to share knowledge, build capacity, network and exchange on experience in the implementation of the Basel Convention.

With this new online format, side events will serve as an avenue to foster discussion on key issues relevant to the agenda of the meeting.


Requests for online side events can be made by Parties (including subsidiary bodies), and observers to the Basel Convention by duly completing the dedicated request form and sending it to the Secretariat at the side event contact person mentioned below.

The application deadline to hold online side events during the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG-12) is Wednesday, 27 May 2020.

Up to 8 online side events can be organized from 23 to 24 June. Each day, two side events will be organized in the morning (9.00 am and 11.00 am GMT+2) and two side events in the afternoon (2.00 pm and 4.00 pm GMT +2). Online side events will be 60 minutes in duration.

In order to accommodate as many requests for side events as possible, side event proposals that involve several organizing entities/ partners are particularly encouraged. The Secretariat encourages a balanced gender and geographical representation among the lead speakers / contributors to the event. If more requests for online side events are received than there are slots available, organizers of side events may be invited to organize joint events.

Registration of organizers and participants

Participation in the online side events is open to all interested Parties and observers to the Basel Convention.

Please note that all organizers of online side events must be duly registered for OEWG-12. Depending on their status, they can register in one of the following categories: Party representatives, observers (Non-Party States, UN bodies, other observer bodies and agencies, e.g. intergovernmental organizations, regional centres, non-governmental organizations).

Technical specifications

The internet-based software “Webex” will be used for the video/teleconference session which allows sharing voice and data.

Webinar participants would need to use the following items: a computer or a phone, a headset (preferred), a microphone, speakers, a good internet connection, PowerPoint presentations, optional: a webcam.

The Secretariat reminds applicants that it reserves the right to reschedule or cancel online side events at any time in the interest of the negotiating process and the overall management of the meeting.


Ms. Emilie Raynaud
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions