Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC)

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Address Chemin des Anémones 15, CH-1219 Châtelaine/Genève
Phone +41-22-979 91 11
Fax +41-22-797 34 54

Activity summary:

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was adopted in 1989 and entered into on 5 May 1992 and has today 100 States that are Contracting Parties as well as the European Community. The Convention is the response of the international community to the problems caused by the 400 million tonnes of wastes generated every year worldwide, which are hazardous to people or the environment because they are toxic, poisonous, explosive, corrosive, flammable, ecotoxic or infectious. The Basel Convention is first and foremost a global environmental treaty that strictly regulates the transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and provides obligations to Parties for ensuring their environmentally sound management, in particular their disposal.