Basel convention COP 14 Promotes Sound Management of Hazardous Wastes



Basel Convention COP 14 is discussing issues relating to microplastics, waste containing nanomaterials, and legal, compliance and governance matters, among others.

The meeting is also considering further development of technical guidelines on e-waste as well as persistent organic pollutants wastes, incineration on land and specially engineered landfills and additions to the Convention’s Toolkit on Environmentally Sound Management of Wastes.

29 April 2019: The 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal is addressing environmentally sound management (ESM) of wastes through the development of technical guidelines on waste from electronics, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), lead acid batteries and mercury, as well as certain hazardous waste treatment methods.

COP 14 is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 29 April to 10 May 2019. It is held jointly and back-to-back with Rotterdam Convention COP 9 and Stockholm Convention on COP 9. The “Triple COPs” convene under the theme, ‘Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste.’ The COPs include joint sessions covering matters of relevance to at least two Conventions as well as separate sessions under each of the three COPs.

COP 14 is taking up various matters related to implementation of the Convention, including the strategic framework, entry into force of the Ban Amendment, and the Cartagena Declaration on the Prevention, Minimization and Recovery of Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes.

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