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Roles and Function of the Coordinating Centres of the Basel Convention

The Centres operate, under the guidance of the Basel Convention Secretariat, within the framework of an Action Plan common to all Centres, approved by the Conference of the Parties and adapted to the specific needs and possibilities of the geographic regions and sub-regions covered by their activities

The core functions of the Basel centres (BCCCs and BCRCs) are;

  • Training
  • Technology transfer
  • Information
  • Consulting
  • Awareness raising

In fulfilling the objectives of the Convention, BCCC-Africa, like all other Basel Convention Regional centres, has the following roles and functions:

  • Ensuring interaction,including exchange of information,    between    the Secretariat of the Basel Convention and the Regional Centres, among the sub- regional Centres, Parties and other related institution.
  • Conveying regional consultation to identify priorities and formulate strategies.
  • Supporting and coordinating common tasks of the sub-regional Centres in the field of policies information,communication,    technicaland financial assessment.
  • Defining and executing programmes of regional scope in coordination with the sub-regional Centres.
  • Identifying, promoting and strengthening the synergies and mechanisms of cooperation among the sub-regional Centres and  other stakeholders in environmentally sound management and the minimization of generation of hazardous waste and technology transfer in and outside the region.
  • Keeping a compilation system for information and making such information accessible to stakeholders.


On inauguration of a Steering Committee, the Centre will be governed by a Steering Committee made up of the Directors of the Basel Convention Regional Centers in the African region, representatives of the Federal Government of Nigeria, one  member  state  representative  from  each  of  the  Basel  Convention  Regional Centres

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The Pan-African Forum on e-Waste

The Pan-African Forum on E-waste was held in in UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 12 to 16 March 2012. The forum was a follow up to the recently concluded E-Waste Africa Project.

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