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Description of the Convention

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 
The Secretariat
  • The Secretariat is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
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Swiss-Indonesian CLI

The 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.

Based on the statement of the President of COP 9, Switzerland and Indonesia announced their readiness to organize a “Country-led Initiative” (CLI), inviting key players, to discuss in an informal, dynamic, and non-dogmatic manner several issues related to transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and the BAN amendment.

Focal Points
  • 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 Authorities
  • 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.  
Convention Forms

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.

Cooperation and Coordination
For more information on cooperation and coordination amongst the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions please visit the ExCOPs website and the ad-hoc working group web site
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