Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal  
Meeting the global 
waste challenge
Meeting the global 
waste challenge
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Welcome to the website of the Basel Convention !

The 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. The Convention has 175 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 came into force in 1992.

This website contains documents and information used by the Parties to the Basel Convention and other stakeholders. A special section for the general public and other newcomers to the issues addressed by the Convention is also available.


Appointment of the new Executive Secretary: Mr. Jim Willis, a US national, took up his position as Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Basel Convention , Stockholm Convention Secretariat and UNEP-part of the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat on 18 April 2011

The secretariat of the Basel Convention is organizing a series of webinars intended to brief Parties and others on the preparations for COP10. Visit the webinar page for more information

In the "Convention Meetings" section you can find information on the Draft work programme of the Open-ended Working Group for 20122013 and other related information

Shifting Paradigms: From Waste to Resources, Non-paper by the Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention

Swiss-Indonesian Country Led Initiative (CLI)

Latest additions to this website

Requests directed at Parties and other stakeholderscontained in the decisions of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties

Communications from the Secretariat

Please note that, in order to improve navigability , the location of some menu items and links have changed in this design. Thus the links to the sections 'Dismantling of Ships', 'Compliance Committee', 'Liability Protocol', 'Ban Amendment' and 'Trade and Environment' are now located at the top drop-down menu as submenus of the item 'Issues'.
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