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Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the
Basel Convention (OEWG-9)

16-19 September 2014 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Highlights for Friday, 19 September 2014

On Friday, 19 September, the OEWG convened in plenary throughout the day.

In the morning, delegates heard reports from the contact groups on technical matters and legal clarity, and a report from the Friends of the Co-Chairs group on the Cartagena Declaration on the Prevention, Minimization and Recovery of Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes. They also heard progress reports on, inter alia: international coordination and cooperation activities, including on environmentally-sound ship recycling and the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment; financial matters; and the first meeting of the Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE). They adopted a decision on national reporting, following informal consultations among interested parties.

In the afternoon, the OEWG adopted several decisions, including on: a roadmap for action to implement the Cartagena Declaration; technical guidelines on persistent organic pollutant (POP) wastes; technical guidelines on mercury wastes; technical guidelines on e-waste, including a way forward to facilitate agreement on outstanding issues, at COP-12; and the glossary of terms to improve legal clarity, which provides guidance to the small intersessional working group on legal clarity on how to revise the glossary.

OEWG Co-Chair Prakash Kowlesser, Mauritius, gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:09pm.

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From L-R: Kei Ohno Woodall, Secretariat; Co-Chair Magda Gosk, Poland; Co-Chair Prakash Kowlesser, Mauritius; David Ogden, Secretariat; and Kerstin Stendahl, Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
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Kei Ohno Woodall, Secretariat and Michael Ernst, Germany
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Co-Chairs Magda Gosk, Poland and Prakash Kowlesser, Mauritius
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Julie Croteau, Canada and Alberto Santos Capra, Argentina
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The Chinese delegation with Qian Cheng, IISD
Highlights for Thursday, 18 September 2014
On Thursday, 18 September, OEWG-9 convened in contact groups and Friends of the Co-Chairs groups.

In the morning, the contact group on technical matters completed its review of the technical guidelines for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), by discussing wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with hexabromodiphenyl ether, heptabromodiphenyl ether, tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether (PBDEs); and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD).

The Friends of the Co-Chairs group on the Cartagena Declaration met in the morning, as did the group on paragraph 26(b) of the e-waste guidelines (conditions under which used electrical and electronic equipment would normally be considered waste), which intended to provide input to the technical matters contact group in the afternoon.

At lunch, delegates attended side events on advancing environmentally-sound management in the field and on the Sustainable Recycling Industries Programme.

In the afternoon, in the contact group on technical matters, delegates heard a report from the Friends of the Co-Chairs group on paragraph 26(b) and then considered a proposed draft decision on e-waste prepared by the EU. They then briefly considered the rest of the draft technical guidelines on e-waste.

The contact group on legal matters also met during the afternoon, discussing which terms to include in the glossary of terms and a draft decision on the way forward, and continued this discussion into the evening.

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Room view during the discussion by the contact group on technical matters
Michael Ernst, Germany
Alan Watson, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
Paula Barrios, IISD
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Kees Wielenga, FFact Strategy and Implementation and Silje Johannessen, Norway
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Delegates discussing the results of the contact group on e-waste
Highlights for Wednesday, 17 September 2014
On Wednesday, 17 September, the OEWG continued its work in contact groups and Friends of the Co-Chairs groups.

Two Friends of the Co-Chairs groups met throughout the day. The first discussed the roadmap for action on the Cartagena Declaration, while the second addressed paragraph 26 (b) of the e-waste guidelines, concerning conditions under which used electrical and electronic equipment would normally be considered waste.

In the morning, the technical matters contact group kicked off what one delegate called “the POPs marathon” by starting consideration of the general technical guidelines for wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with POPs (POP wastes).

During lunch, delegates attended side events on the patent landscape of e-waste recycling technologies, and on global electronic product repair practices in the high tech sector.

In the afternoon, the technical matters contact group discussed the specific technical guidelines for wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with: polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated terphenyls (PCTs) or polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), including hexabromobiphenyl (HBB); perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF); and unintentionally produced polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans, hexachlorobenzene, polychlorinated biphenyls or pentachlorobenzene. The group also began consideration of the technical guidelines for wastes consisting of elemental mercury and wastes containing or contaminated with mercury.

The legal clarity contact group convened in the evening to begin its work on the draft glossary of terms.

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View of the dais during the discussion by the contact group on technical matters
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Julie Croteau and Jacinthe Séguin, Canada
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Participants of the Contact Group on technical matters
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Participants conferring during the Contact Group on technical matters discussion.
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Upik Kamil and Aristìn Apriani, Indonesia
Highlights for Tuesday, 16 September 2014
The ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG-9) of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal opened in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, 16 September.

In the morning, parties discussed several strategic issues, including the follow-up to the Cartagena Declaration on the Prevention, Minimization and Recovery of Hazardous Wastes with the OEWG establishing a “Friends of the Co-Chair” group to develop a roadmap for action on the Cartagena Declaration. On technical issues, delegates considered technical guidelines for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), mercury, electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) and established a contact group to further consider these guidelines.

In the afternoon, the OEWG discussed several agenda items. Parties established a “Friends of the Co-Chair” group to consider the outstanding issue of whether non-functional used electronic and electrical equipment should normally be considered waste (paragraph 26(b) of the technical guidelines on e-waste). Delegates considered the item on providing further legal clarity, establishing a contact group to encourage in-depth discussion. The OEWG also adopted a decision on the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment.

In the evening, the contact groups on technical issues and legal matters met.

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Co-Chair Magda Gosk, Poland
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Kerstin Stendahl, Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Henrik Hallgrim Eriksen, Norway
Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland
Ilze Donina, Latvia, speaking on behalf of the EU
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Sachiko Tsukahara, Japan
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Henry Williams, Liberia on behalf of the African Group

Funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, the Rotterdam Convention, and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
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Meeting resources

*OEWG 9 Website *OEWG 9 Documents
*OEWG 9 Provisional Agenda *OEWG 9 Tentative Schedule for the Meeting
*Work Programme of the OEWG for 2014–2015


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS Coverage of the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP11), Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP6), Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP6) and Second simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the three conferences of the Parties to the three conventions (ExCOPs2), 28 April - 10 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS coverage of BC COP10, 17-21 October 2011, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

*IISD RS Coverage of the Simultaneous Extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs), and Eleventh Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF), 22-26 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia

*IISD RS coverage of BC COP9, 23-27 June 2008, Bali, Indonesia

*IISD RS coverage of BC COP8, 27 November - 1 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS archive of meetings of the Basel Convention

*CHEMICALS-L - A news and announcement list on chemicals and wastes news and policy developments

*Chemicals and Wastes Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Addressing Chemicals and Wastes Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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