The Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions are multilateral environmental agreements, which share the common objective of protecting human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes.
The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was created to protect people and the environment from the negative effects of the inappropriate management of hazardous wastes worldwide. It is the most comprehensive global treaty dealing with hazardous waste materials throughout their lifecycles, from production and transport to final use and disposal.
UNITAR has executed several projects, providing capacity building services related to the ratification of the Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention. As a result, both Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea have ratified the Amendment.
The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for certain hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in international trade provides Parties with a first line of defence against hazardous chemicals. It promotes international efforts to protect human health and the environment as well as enabling countries to decide if they want to import hazardous chemicals and pesticides listed in the Convention.
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from highly dangerous, long-lasting chemicals by restricting and ultimately eliminating their production, use, trade, release and storage.
UNITAR has supported a large number of countries to implement the Convention including:
Current activities supported by UNITAR include:
In coordination with UNIDO and the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention, UNITAR executed key components of a GEF project - Development of the Guidelines for updating of National Implementation Plans (NIPs) - under the Stockholm Convention. The guidance developed under this project is available on the Stockholm Convention Secretariat's website. For more information, please click here.