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The Basel Convention

The Basel ConventionThe 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 Stockholm Convention

The Stockholm ConventionThe 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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The Rotterdam Convention

The Rotterdam Convention

 

The text of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade was adopted on 10 September 1998 by a Conference of Plenipotentiaries in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.The Convention entered into force on 24 February 2004.

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Brochure on the three Conventions

The Three ConventionThe 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 ChineseEnglish, 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.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 January 2010 )