Information for admission of observers

The fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention will be held back-to-back in two segments. An online segment of the meetings will be held from 26 to 30 July 2021 and a face-to-face segment of the meetings will be held over two weeks tentatively in Geneva, Switzerland, in June 2022.  The online and face-to-face segments of the meetings are open to observers in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Conventions and relevant Rules of procedure.

National or international, governmental or non-governmental bodies or agencies wishing to be represented by observers in one or more of the upcoming meetings should proceed as follows:

  1.  Bodies or agencies that have already been admitted to attend, as observers, past meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel and/or Rotterdam and/or Stockholm conventions, need to fill in the registration form and submit to Ms. Stéphanie Cadet, stephanie.cadet@un.org.
  2. Bodies or agencies that have not previously attended a meeting of the conferences of the Parties or of subsidiary bodies may apply for observer status to one or more of the meetings.
  3. To apply for observer status, bodies and agencies need to fill in one or more of the application forms and provide the following information, if available:
    1. Information describing the body or agency;
    2. Information on the affiliation of the body or agency with non-governmental organizations or institutions;
    3. Information on the programmes and activities undertaken by the body or agency /qualification in fields relating to the transboundary movements of hazardous wastes as well as their management and disposal (for applications relating to bodies to the Basel Convention only);
    4. Information on the programmes and activities undertaken by the body or agency /qualification in matters covered by the Rotterdam Convention (for applications relating to bodies to the Rotterdam Convention only);
    5. Information on the programmes and activities undertaken by the body or agency /qualification in matters covered by the Stockholm Convention (for applications relating to bodies to the Stockholm Convention only);
    6. Description of any network and/or membership system.

Application forms for requesting admission as an observer to one or more of the meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and/or Stockholm Conventions should be sent to Ms. Yvonne Ewang-Sanvincenti, yvonne.ewang-sanvincent@un.org no later than 25 June 2021.

Upon confirmation by the Secretariat that the requesting body or agency appears to meet these criteria, the observer will need to fill-in and submit the completed registration form to Ms. Stéphanie Cadet, stephanie.cadet@un.org. In accordance with the relevant Rules of Procedure, such bodies or agencies may be represented at a meeting as an observer unless at least one third of the Parties present at the meeting object.

This procedure does not apply to observers from the United Nations and its specialized agencies; the International Atomic Energy Agency; any State and any political and/or economic integration organization not Party to the relevant Convention(s); as well as the Global Environment Facility (in relation to the Stockholm Convention only). Such observers may, on invitation of the President, participate without the right to vote in the proceedings of any meeting, unless at least one third of the Parties present at the meeting object.