Old Ships and Obsolete Computers Part of Major Transition for Global Waste Management
Governments recommend new 10-year vision for managing transboundary movements of hazardous wastes
Geneva, 14 May 2010 - Greater emphasis on highlighting the links between waste management, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and human health and livelihoods underpins a new 10-year vision for the Basel Convention recommended by governments today.
Three hundred delegates from 106 countries welcomed the Convention's Strategic Framework 2012-2021 on the final day of a meeting in Geneva at which a range of pressing issues on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal have been considered.
Other key outcomes of the five-day meeting include moves to ensure strong controls on the rapidly growing ship dismantling industry, progress developing global recycling guidelines for used computers and support for furthering the objectives of the Ban Amendment to the Convention which prohibits the export of hazardous waste from developed countries to developing countries.
The Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention, Katharina Kummer Peiry, said the forum's positive results come at a time of renewed interest in the management of transboundary movements and disposal of hazardous wastes.
"The international community is signaling its support for increased efforts to promote the environmentally sound management of waste during a time of transition with new waste streams, new technological developments and ways in which waste moves around the world," Ms. Kummer Peiry said.
"Governments have taken a visionary approach to determining the future direction of the Convention and they're calling for it to play a decisive role globally, regionally and nationally in strengthening the links to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals to benefit human health and livelihoods.
"This also follows the agreement by governments in Bali, Indonesia, in February to have more cooperative action by the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions as a first step to boosting their delivery within countries," she added.