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20th Anniversary

the Basel Convention

20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary of the adoption of the Basel Convention

Hazardous waste is threatening human health and the environment globally. Much of it is being exported to other countries, often to developing nations.

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of hazardous wastes and their Disposal was adopted in 1989 and it came into force in 1992. It is the most comprehensive global environmental agreement on hazardous and other wastes. With 172 Parties, it has nearly universal membership. The Convention 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.