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Basel Convention On The Control Of Transboundary Movements Of Hazardous Wastes And Their Disposal (1989)


Article 1 - Scope of the Convention

Article 2 - Definitions

Article 3 - National Definitions of Hazardous Wastes

Article 4 - General Obligations

Article 5 - Designation of Competent Authorities and Focal Point

Article 6 - Transboundary Movement between Parties

Article 7 - Transboundary Movement from a Party through States which are not Parties

Article 8 - Duty to Re-import

Article 9 - Illegal Traffic

Article 10 - International Co-operation

Article 11 - Bilateral, Multilateral and Regional Agreements

Article 12 - Consultations on Liability

Article 13 - Transmission of Information

Article 14 - Financial Aspects

Article 15 - Conference of the Parties

Article 16 - Secretariat

Article 17 - Amendment of the Convention

Article 18 - Adoption and Amendment of Annexes

Article 19 - Verification

Article 20 - Settlement of Disputes

Article 21 - Signature

Article 22 - Ratification, Acceptance, Formal Confirmation or Approval

Article 23 - Accession

Article 24 - Right to Vote

Article 25 - Entry into Force

Article 26 - Reservations and Declarations

Article 27 - Withdrawal

Article 28 - Depository

Article 29 - Authentic Texts

Annex 1 - Categories Of Wastes To Be Controlled

Waste Streams:
Wastes Having as Constituents:

Annex II - Categories Of Wastes Requiring Special Consideration

Annex III - List Of Hazardous Characteristics


Annex IV - Disposal Operations

Annex V A - Information To Be Provided On Notification

Annex VB - Information To Be Provided On The Movement Document

Annex VI - Arbitration

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Article 2
Article 3
Article 4
Article 5
Article 6
Article 7
Article 8
Article 9
Article 10


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Basel Convention On The Control Of Transboundary Movements Of Hazardous Wastes And Their Disposal (1989)

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Basel Convention On The Control Of Transboundary Movements Of Hazardous Wastes And Their Disposal (1989)

Article 16 - Secretariat

1. The functions of the Secretariat shall be:

(a) To arrange for and service meetings provided for in Article 15 and 17;

(b) To prepare and transmit reports based upon information received in accordance with Articles 3, 4, 6, 11 and 13 as well as upon information derived from meetings of subsidiary bodies established upon Article 15 as well as upon, as appropriate, information provided by relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental entities;

(c) To prepare reports on its activities carried out in implementation of its functions under this Convention and present them to the Conference of the Parties;

(d) To ensure the necessary coordination with relevant international bodies, and in particular to enter into such administrative and contractual arrangements as may be required for the effective discharge of its functions;

(e) To communicate with focal points and competent authorities established by the Parties in accordance with Article 5 of this Convention;

(f) To compile information concerning authorized national sites and facilities of Parties available for the disposal of their hazardous wastes and other wastes and to circulate this information among Parties;

(g) To receive and convey information from and to Parties on; sources of technical assistance and training; available technical and scientific know-how; sources of advice and expertise; and availability of resources with a view to assisting them, upon request, in such areas as: the handling of the notification system of this Convention; the management of hazardous wastes and other wastes; environmentally sound technologies relating to hazardous wastes and other wastes, such as low and non-waste technology; the assessment of disposal capabilities and sites; the monitoring of hazardous wastes and other wastes; and emergency responses;

(h) To provide Parties, upon request, with information on consultants or consulting firms having the necessary technical competence in the field which can assist them to examine a notification for a transboundary movement, the concurrence of a shipment of hazardous wastes or other wastes with the relevant notification, and/or the fact that the proposed disposal facilities for hazardous wastes or other wastes are environmentally sound, when they have reason to believe that the wastes in question will not be managed in an environmentally sound manner. Any such examination would not be at the expense of the Secretariat;

(i) To assist Parties upon request in their identification of cases of illegal traffic and to circulate immediately to the Parties concerned any information it has received regarding illegal traffic;

(j) To co-operate with Parties and with relevant and competent international organizations and agencies in the provision of experts and equipment for the purpose of rapid assistance to States in the event of an emergency situation; and

(k) To perform such other functions relevant to the purposes of this Convention as may be determined by the Conference of the Parties.

2. The secretariat functions will be carried out on an interim basis by UNEP until the completion of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties held pursuant to Article 15.

3. At its first meeting, the Conference of the Parties shall designate the Secretariat from among those existing competent intergovernmental organizations which have signified their willingness to carry out the secretariat functions under this Convention. At this meeting, the Conference of the Parties shall also evaluate the implementation by the interim Secretariat of the functions assigned to it, in particular under paragraph 1 above, and decide upon the structures appropriate for those functions.

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