Basel Convention


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Basel Convention

A treaty intended to reduce the transfer of hazardous waste across international lines, especially between developed countries and the developing world. Hazardous waste is defined in the treaty as anything considered hazardous waste in the country in which it originated. Interestingly, it does not deal with radioactive waste. It was signed in 1989 and went into effect in 1992.
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The Philippine delegation, composed of officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, shall actively take part in plenary discussions and contact group meetings on agenda items covering the listing of chemicals in the annexes of the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the technical and compliance mechanisms of the Basel Convention.
Ban Toxics said a formal protest filed at the Basel Convention Secretariat would compel Canada to repatriate the waste.
One ton of waste recycled under the Basel Convention can cost up to $8,000, according to Abichaker, and the paperwork can take years to process.
Steiner said that the amount of some such materials that are available above ground in unused electronics now exceeds the amount still in the ground and he looked to the potential of the Basel Convention to help access "urban mines" by working to better inform people of how to dispose of their e-waste.
Deputy Customs Commissioner for Enforcement Ariel Nepomuceno said he has notified the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) about the seized hazardous substances, asking the DENR to request the exporting country to take back the waste materials in compliance with the Basel Convention, an international treaty that was designed to reduce the movements of hazardous waste between nations, and specifically to prevent transfer of hazardous waste from developed to less developed countries.
Deputy customs commissioner for enforcement, Ariel Nepomuceno said aside from the fact that junk poses biohazard risks, dumping hazardous waste from one country to another violates provisions of the Basel Convention.
This chemical substance was also at the heart of international concerns, from 28 April to 11 May, because in parallel with the meeting of parties to the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POP) were also being held the annual meetings of parties to the Rotterdam Convention (movements of chemical substances) and the Basel Convention (movements of hazardous waste).
This chemical substance is also at the heart of international concerns, from 28 April to 11 May, because in parallel with the meeting of parties to the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POP) are also being held the annual meetings of parties to the Rotterdam Convention (movements of chemical substances) and the Basel Convention (movements of hazardous waste).
Among the important means in the management and use of chemicals and hazardous wastes is the joining of international conventions which have proven successful in encouraging cooperation among producing, exporting and importing countries of such materials and coordination of positions and actions to maintain the vocabulary of environment and protect human health, such as the Rotterdam Convention on the prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade and the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants and the Basel Convention on the trans-boundary movement of hazardous wastes and their disposal.
The Council's messages are clear: the EU regulation must be in line with the Hong Kong Convention; the Union needs to act to see that the conventon enters into force as soon as possible; and, argued certain member states, it must not neglect obligations resulting from the Basel Convention on movements of waste.
Advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for Research Foundation for Science, had said that the 1989 Basel Convention made it mandatory for a ship to be decontaminated at the port of the exporting country before being sent for dismantling.
1989 Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal,' e-waste that contains hazardous elements may not be exported to developing countries for disposal, although such waste can be sold as scrap inside a country.