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  • The Basel Convention is a global agreement which seeks to address challenges posed by the trans-boundary movement of hazardous waste.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Across the board, from the Basel Convention, which deals with international waste trafficking, to the critically important UN climate convention, the U.S. delegation routinely blocks progress toward binding environmental agreements.


  • The Basel Convention was adopted on March 22, 1989, and went into force on May 5, 1992.


  • An NGO watchdog group, the Basel Action Network, monitors the Basel Convention and publishes a list of entities working to undermine the ban.


  • The report includes recommendations for the EPA to not only beef up enforcement, but also expand regulations to control electronics that -- while benign when intact -- become hazardous upon dismantling, encourage Congress to ratify the Basel Convention, and work with other government agencies to improve oversight of used electronics.

    Josie Garthwaite: Report: EPA Lets Electronic Waste Flow "Virtually Unrestricted"

  • The Basel Convention -- which the United States has yet to sign -- is an international treaty that addresses e-waste.

    Craig and Marc Kielburger: E-Waste Litters the Developing World

  • The Basel Convention which has been ratified by 158 countries as of February 2004 came into effect in May 1992.

    Transboundary dumping of hazardous waste

  • The Basel Convention, and the conventions on prior informed consent on hazardous chemicals (Rotterdam Convention) and on persistent organic pollutants (Stockholm Convention), undertake similar initiatives, and also work closely with the World Trade Organization to address chemicals and waste-related issues.

    Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4)~ Chapter 9

  • In an effort to try and address some of these gaps, the Basel Convention parties have developed an illegal traffic guidance manual, while a guide for legal officials is under development and training is provided to developing countries through the Basel Convention Regional Centres.

    Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4)~ Chapter 8

  • CITES and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal are two of a few MEAs that regulate trade.

    Global Environment Outlook (GEO-4)~ Chapter 8


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