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The Conference of the Parties

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention will be held at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Centre (CCCI) in the majestic city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Theme of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention is "Prevention, minimization and recovery of wastes".

The meeting will be opened at 10 a.m. on Monday, 17 October, and conclude on Friday, 21 October 2011.

The working languages will be Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The meeting will be paperless: in-session documents will be circulated electronically via a wireless intranet and on memory sticks


Worldwide concern about the transboundary movement and disposal of hazardous wastes was heightened in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The major concern was wastes being exported from industrialized nations for cheap disposal in inadequately prepared sites in developing countries.

This concern led to a new urgency in developing and implementing international controls. It culminated in the landmark global convention under the United Nations to control the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes and their disposal, commonly called the Basel Convention.

The Basel Convention was opened for signature on March 22, 1989, and entered into force on May 5, 1992. As of June 2006, 168 Parties have ratified the Basel Convention. Afghanistan, Haiti, and the United States have signed but have not yet ratified the Convention.

Meetings of the Conference of the Parties
Meeting Venue Date Summary
COP1 Piriapolis, Uruguay 3 - 4 December 1992 COP1 requested industrialized countries to prohibit transboundary movements of hazardous wastes for disposal to developing countries. It also noted that transboundary movements of of hazardous wastes destined for recovery and recycling take place in an environmentally sound manner.
COP2 Geneva, Switzerland 21 - 25 March 1994 Parties agreed on an inmediate ban on the export of hazardous wastes intended from final disposal from OECD to non-OECD countries. Parties also agreed to ban, by 31 December 1997 the export of wastes intended for recovery and recycling (Decision II/12).
COP3 Geneva, Switzerland 18 - 22 September 1995 The BAN was adopted as an amendment to the Convention (Decision III/1). COP3 further mandated a Technical Working Group to continue its work on the characterization of hazardous wastes and the development of lists of wastes that are hazardous (Desicion III/2). See COP3 Documents.
COP4 Kuching, Malaysia 23 - 27 February 1998 Adopted a number of decisions related to the Ban Amendment and issues related to Annex VII. COP4 decided to incorporate List A, identifying wastes characterized as hazardous and List B, identifying non-hazardous wastes as Annex VIII and Annex IX to the Basel Convention respectively.
COP5 Basel, Switzerland 6 - 10 December 1999 The meeting adopted the Protocol on Liability and Compensation and the Basel Declaration along with a decision setting the next decade's agenda. The meeting adopted a number of decisions covering Convention implementation, legal and technical matters, illegal traffic and institutional, financial and procedural arrangements.
COP6 Geneva, Switzerland 9 - 13 December 2002 The COP6 considered and adopted decisions on a range of issues relating to implementation of the Convention, amendment of the Convention and its annexes, and institutional, financial and procedural arrangements.
COP7 Geneva, Switzerland 25 - 29 October 2004 The COP had before it a compilation of decisions prepared by the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) during the intersessional period. Delegates considered decisions on a range of issues relating to the Basel Convention Regional Centers (BCRCs), the Basel Convention Partnership Programme, institutional arrangements, the Ban Amendment, the Basel Protocol on Liability and Compensation, guidance elements for bilateral, multilateral or regional agreements, and follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).
COP8 Nairobi, Kenya 27 November -
1 December 2006
COP8 considered several reports on activities within the Convention’s mandate and adopted a declaration on e-waste and more than 30 decisions on, inter alia: the 2007-2008 programme of work; the implementation of the Strategic Plan, including consideration of the work and operations of the Basel Convention Regional and Coordinating Centres, as well as the Basel Convention Partnership Programme; synergies and cooperation in the environmental field; e-waste and end-of-life equipment; ship dismantling; legal matters; technical matters; financial issues and the budget; amendments to the general technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management (ESM) of persistent organic pollutants wastes; the guidelines for ESM of wastes; technical guidelines for ESM of a variety of chemicals; the 2007-2008 work programme of the Open-Ended Working Group; and the election of new members of the Compliance Committee and its work programme. 
COP9 Bali, Indonesia 23-27 June 2008 COP 9 adopted the Bali Declaration on Waste Management for Human Health and Livelihood, which affirms that waste, if not managed in a safe and environmentally sound manner, may have serious consequences for the environment, human health and sustainable livelihood.. COP 9 also adopted a historical decision, IX/10 on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (decision RC-4/11) and the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention (decision SC-4/34) adopted substantially identical decisions, which are together known as the "synergies decisions". Since then the three conventions have joined forces to better address the challenge of environmentally sound management of hazardous chemicals and wastes. 
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