In the late 1980s, a tightening of environmental regulations in industrialized countries led to a dramatic rise in the cost of hazardous waste disposal. Searching for cheaper ways to get rid of the wastes, “toxic traders” began shipping hazardous waste to developing countries and to Eastern Europe. When this activity was revealed, international outrage led to the drafting and adoption of the Basel Convention. ( read more ... )
Text of the Convention
Text of the Basel Convention in the six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish
President of the ninth meeting of the Conference
of the Parties to the Basel Convention (COP 9),
in his statement on the way forward on the Ban
Amendment (Document UNEP/CHW.9/CRP.20), called
for a process to explore means by which objectives
of the Ban Amendment might be achieved.
Focal Point means the entity of a Party, referred to in Article 5 of the Basel Convention, which is responsible for receiving and submitting information as provided for in Articles 13 and 16.
Competent Authority means one governmental authority designated by a Party to be responsible within such geographical area as the Party may think fit, for receiving the notification of a transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes, and any information related to it, and for responding to such a notification, as provided in Article 6 of the Basel Convention.
This page contains forms adopted by the Basel Convention and other forms which facilitate exchange of information. among Parties, the secretariat, and other
participants in the Convention.