The Eleventh Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (OEWG11) will convene from 3-6 September 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.
A subsidiary body to the Basel Convention, the OEWG assists the Convention’s Conference of Parties (COP) in developing and continuously reviewing the implementation of the Convention’s workplan and specific operational policies and decisions for the implementation of the Convention. The OEWG considers and advises the COP on issues relating to policy, technical, scientific, legal, institutional, administrative, financial, budgetary and other aspects of the Convention’s implementation. Beyond these tasks, the OEWG prepares its workplan for the COP’s consideration and reports to the COP on the activities carried out between COP meetings.
OEWG11 will address issues and tasks assigned to it by the 13th meeting of the COP held in 2017. Please consult our summary and analysis of COP13. These include:
the strategic framework for the implementation of the Basel Convention for 2012-2021, and the indicators to be used for the preparation of its final evaluation;
an application for the removal of solid plastic wastes from Annex IX to the Basel Convention;
whether to consider the review of Annexes II, VIII and IX to the Basel Convention;
the draft update of the technical guidelines on e-waste;
revised draft technical guidelines on environmentally sound management (ESM) of wastes consisting of, containing, or contaminated with persistent organic pollutants (POPS);
technical guidelines on incineration on land and on specially engineered landfill;
options available under the Convention to further address marine plastic litter and microplastics;
options for work on waste containing nanomaterials;
work on guidelines, manuals, fact sheets and other Convention documents related to ESM such as the draft manual on extended producer responsibility (EPR) and draft guidance on how to address ESM in the informal sector;
elements for an overall guidance document on ESM of household waste;
a list of waste streams for which additional practical guidance on the development of inventories would be useful;
electronic approaches to notification and movement documents; and
the draft OEWG work programme for the biennium 2020-2021.
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web updates from OEWG11 and will publish a summary and analysis report which is available in HTML and PDF.
OEWG10, 30 May - 2 June 2016, Headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya
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