Fourth meeting of the expert working group on the review of Annexes to the Basel Convention


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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Switzerland as well as globally, it was not feasible to organize the fourth meeting of the expert working group on the review of Annexes to the Basel Convention as initially planned as a face-to-face meeting in Geneva, from 5 to 9 October 2020. Sessions of the meeting will therefore take place online, complemented by subsequent online or face to face sessions as needed.

During its 5 to 9 October 2020 sessions, the expert working group will focus its deliberations on matters that need to be finalized by the end of 2020, namely in relation to possible amendment proposals to Annex IV and the two e-waste entries in Annex VIII (entry A1180) and IX (entry B1110), while postponing to later sessions the review of Annexes I and III, including the work in relation to plastics. Accordingly, the EWG is expected to focus its October 2020 sessions on revising its 15 January 2020 recommendations on the review of Annexes for possible amendment proposals to Annex IV and to entries A1180 and B1110 in Annexes VIII and IX to the Basel Convention, and findings on the consequential implications of the review of Annex IV to the Convention in light of comment thereon received by Parties and observers by 15 April 2020 and in the context of the online segment of the twelfth meeting of the Open-ended working group.

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