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14th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention

25–28 June 2024 | Geneva, Switzerland

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

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Parties attending OEWG-14 in Geneva will consider a draft renewed strategic framework to boost implementation of the Convention, including ensuring environmentally sound management of waste—especially of newly emerging waste streams such as those containing nanomaterials.

In the midst of a flurry of activities addressing chemicals and wastes, the Fourteenth Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG-14) of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes will meet to advance implementation of decisions coming out of the Sixteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) held in May 2023.

Negotiations on a treaty on plastic waste, especially in the marine environment, are ongoing and are scheduled to conclude in November 2024. As such, its outcome will send important signals on countries’ expectations regarding the governance of plastics in the waste stream. Negotiations on establishing a new science-policy panel on chemicals and waste are scheduled to conclude just prior to the beginning of OEWG-14. Furthermore, in September 2023, the International Conference on Chemicals Management approved a new post-2020 global platform on the sound management of chemicals and waste. All of these activities will feed into the work of OEWG-14.

Parties attending OEWG-14 will consider a draft renewed strategic framework, prepared by a small intersessional working group, to boost implementation of the Convention. Key issues in this framework include:

  • improving the prior informed consent (PIC) process through adopting electronic methods of notification;
  • ensuring environmentally sound management (ESM) of waste, especially of newly emerging waste streams such as those containing nanomaterials; and
  • progressing partnerships under the Convention, including those focused on challenges in dealing with plastic waste, e-waste and household waste.

OEWG-14 will also discuss technical guidelines for dealing with a range of issues regarding:

  • wastes contaminated with persistent organic pollutants (POPs);
  • electronic waste (e-waste);
  • waste lead-acid batteries;
  • used and waste pneumatic tyres; and
  • waste containing nanomaterials.

One issue to be considered, for example, is the distinction between electronic waste, and “non-waste” electronic products destined for reuse and recycling.

To improve national reporting, delegates will consider practical guidance on waste inventories, and revisions to the reporting format.

Delegates will also discuss the current partnerships among countries on plastic waste, e-waste and household waste. They will seek to advance cooperation with the World Customs Organization on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System. 

The outcomes from OEWG-14 will be submitted to COP-17, which will convene in 2025.

OEWG-14 will convene 25-28 June 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) writers for this meeting are Delia Paul; Richard de Ferranti; and Keith Ripley. The Digital Editor is Anastasia Rodopoulou. The Editor is Pam Chasek, Ph.D.

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