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Partnerships are designed to help governments and stakeholders more effectively address growing problems with priority waste streams. The Ministerial Statement on Partnerships emphasises the importance of Partnerships and the waste streams they should be used to address.

Public-Private partnerships are a creative method for government and stakeholders to collectively address emerging issues and activities associated with priority waste streams such as e-waste. Involving all stakeholders helps to:

  • Enhance collaboration
  • Tap expertise and knowledge at a broader level
  • Bring together experts and policy makers to develop guidance and guidelines together, leveraging scare resources at all levels and
  • Reduce costs by working together to identify options and solutions and developing needed tools and strategy to enhance the environmentally sound management of end of life products.

Distinct from other mechanisms of the Convention given their cooperative nature and structure, partnerships can be used to address complex and emerging waste streams by creating a forum under which a range of decision-makers are committed to providing technically viable options and suggest policy solutions.

Public-Private Partnerships under the Basel Convention are unique way for stakeholders to meet together to address, inter alia, common areas of concern, define technical issues, set out technical and policy options and provide input to technical and policy reviews. Partnerships offer a mechanism for enhancing and capitalizing on the dialog and practical interaction between stakeholders to address particular issues. Often the result is a voluntary action avoiding the initiation legislation or regulation by government.

Ministers recognized this and adopted the 1999 Basel Ministerial Declaration emphasizing the vital importance of Public- Private Partnerships. In 2002, the Conference of the Parties (COP) adopted the Basel Convention Partnership Programme. The COP tasked the Secretariat with carrying out a work programme on public-private partnerships in cooperation will all relevant and interested parties. See also Strategic Plan of the Basel Convention and Brochure on Partnership, and presentations from the side event, 3 September 2007 on Partnerships and E-waste.


The Basel Convention Partnership Programme - Public-private partnerships are voluntary and creative mechanisms that support the work of the Convention by offering forums for dialogue and practical action by all stakeholders. They are comprised of all levels of government, industry and business sectors, nongovernmental organizations, academia and other international institutions and bodies, for open and frank dialogue in action.

Ministerial Statement

Ministerial statement on partnerships for meeting the global waste challenge issued at COP7

Relevant Decisions

Decisions: V/13 (COP5), VI/32 (COP6), VII/3 (COP7), VIII/2 (COP8), VIII/5 (COP8), IX/8 (COP9), OEWG-I/6 (OEWG1), OEWG-II/9 (OEWG2), OEWG-III/2 (OEWG3), OEWG-IV/1 (OEWG4), OEWG-V/2 (OEWG5), OEWG-VI/19 (OEWG 6), IX/7 (COP)

Work Programme

Decision IX/7 on the Basel Convention Partnership Programme Work Plan 2009–2011 adopted at the Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties


This section contains information on the Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative (MPPI), a programme carried out under the framework of the Basel Convention Partnership Programme. The information in this section includes relevant documents related to Partnership Initiative, decisions by the governing bodies, and the Guidelines developed by the Partnership addressing the environmentally sound managemetn of used and end of life mobile phones.

Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE)

The Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE) was launched at the Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, which took place in Bali, Indonesia from 23 to 27 June 2008. PACE is a multi-stakeholder partnership that provides a forum for governments, industry, non-governmental organisations and academia to tackle the environmentally sound management, refurbishment, recycling and disposal of used and end-of-life computing equipment.

The Partnership is intended to increase the environmentally sound management of used and end-of-life computing equipment, taking into account social responsibility and the concept of sustainable development, and promoting the sharing of information on life cycle thinking.

Parties, signatories and all stakeholders are invited to indicate their interest in participating in the Partnership to the Secretariat of the Basel Convention

The Basel Convention, through UNEP, is part of a wider network called the Global Compact. The Global Compact is an initiative of the Secretary General of the United Nations which gives businesses worldwide the opportunity to adhere to nine principles for a sustainable and inclusive global economy. Three of these principles focus on environmental issues and fully embrace the aims of the Basel Convention's Partnership Programme. Please click on the link for more information.
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