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The Basel Convention PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 October 2007
ImageThe Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal is the most comprehensive global environmental agreement on hazardous and other wastes. It has over 160 Parties and aims to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects resulting from the generation, management, transboundary movements and disposal of hazardous and other wastes.
The Basel Convention regulates the transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes and obliges its Parties to ensure that such wastes are managed and disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.
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The Rotterdam Convention PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 October 2007
ImageThe Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade was adopted at a Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Rotterdam on 10th September 1998, and opened for signature the following day. Its aim is to promote a shared responsibility between exporting and importing countries in protecting human health and the environment from the harmful effects of certain chemicals, by enabling the trade in very dangerous substances to be controlled and monitored.
The Convention will enter into force once it has been ratified by fifty countries.
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The Stockholm Convention PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 October 2007

ImageThe Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants (POPs). POPs are chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms and are toxic to humans and wildlife. POPs circulate globally and can cause damage wherever they travel. In implementing the Convention, Governments will take measures to eliminate or reduce the release of POPs into the environment.

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Brochure on the three Conventions PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 January 2008

ImageThe information brochure on the Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes Conventions contains a brief non-technical overview of the three Conventions (Rotterdam Convention, Stockholm Convention and Basel Convention), how they complement each other and where they are different. The brochure is available in English, French and Spanish. Together the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions cover key elements of “cradle-to-grave” management of hazardous chemicals, most comprehensively in the case of POPs, which are covered by all three treaties.

 

Quick notes

The second meeting of the ad hoc joint working group was held from 10 to 13 December 2007 at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Favoritenstrasse 15a, A-1040 Vienna, Austria.
 
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Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, 2007