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Uploaded on Saturday 25 Feb 2012
162 Parties to the Basel Convention in October 2004
Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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. It aims to protect human health and the environmentagainst the adverse effects resulting from the generation, management, transboundary movementsand 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. The Convention covers toxic, poisonous, explosive, corrosive, flammable, ecotoxic and infectious wastes. Parties are also expected to minimize the quantitiesthat are transported, to treat and dispose of wastes as close as possible to their place of generation and
to prevent or minimize the generation of wastes at source.