Basel Executive Secretary Releases Non-Paper on Wastes to Resources

March 2011: Katharina Kummer, Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention Secretariat has released a non-paper titled “Shifting paradigms: from waste to resources.” The paper is intended to initiate discussions amongst parties and other stakeholders in relation to the Basel Convention's role in strengthening the waste to resource linkage.

The non-paper is the result of a “think-tank” consultation held by the Executive Secretary with an Advisory Group comprising waste experts, from 18-19 January 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The non-paper includes over-arching policy level recommendations, as well as practical recommendations using the framework and mechanisms of the Basel Convention, for consideration by parties at its tenth meeting (COP 10). COP 10 is scheduled to convene in October 2011, under the theme of “Prevention, minimization and reuse of wastes.” [Basel Convention website]