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Article 1
Scope of the Convention
1.       The following wastes that are subject to transboundary movement shall be “hazardous wastes” for the purposes of this Convention:
(a)     Wastes that belong to any category contained in Annex I, unless they do not possess any of the characteristics contained in Annex III: and
(b)     Wastes that are not covered under paragraph (a) but are defined as, or are considered to be, hazardous wastes by the domestic legislation of the party of export, import or transit.
2.       Wastes that belong to any category contained in Annex II that are subject to transboundary movement shall be “other wastes” for the purposes of this convention.
3.       Wastes which, as a result of being radioactive, are subject to other international control systems, including international instruments, applying specifically to radioactive materials, are excluded from the scope of this convention.
4.       Wastes which derive from the normal operations of the ship, the discharge of which is covered by another international instrument, are excluded from the scope of this convention.

Article 2
Definitions

For the purposes of this convention:
1.  “Wastes” are substances or subjects which are disposed of or are intended to be disposed of or are required to be disposed of by the provisions of national law;
2. “Management” means the collection, transport and disposal of hazardous wastes or other wastes, including after-care of disposal sites;
3. “Transboundary movement” means any movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes From and area under the national jurisdiction of one state or through an area under thenational jurisdiction of another State or to or through an area not under the national jurisdiction of any state, provided at least two States are involved in the movement;
4. “Disposal” means any operation specified in Annex IV to this convention.
5. “Approved site or facility” means a site or facility for the disposal of hazardous wastes or other wastes which is authorized or permitted to operate for this purpose by a relevant authority of the State where the site or facility is located;
6. “Competent  authority” means one governmental authority designated by a party to be responsible, within such geographical areas as the Party may think fit, for receiving the notification of a transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes, and any information related to it, and for responding to such a notification, as provided in Article 6;
7. “Focal point” means the entity of a Party referred to in Article 5 responsible for receiving and submitting information as provided for in Articles 13 and 16;
8. “Environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes or other wastes” means taking all practicable steps to ensure that hazardous wastes or other wastes are managed in a manner which will protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects which may result from such wastes;
9. “Area under the national jurisdiction of a state” means any land, marine area or air space within which a State exercises administrative and regulatory responsibility in accordance with international law in regard to the protection of human health of the environment;
10. “State of export” means a party from which a transboundary  movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes is planed to be initiated or is initiated;
11. “State of import” means a Party to which a transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes is planned or takes place for the purpose of disposal therein or for the purpose of loading prior to disposal in an area not under the national jurisdiction of any State;
12. “State of transit” means any state, other than the state of export or import, through which a movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes is planed or takes place;
13. “States concerned” means Parties which are states of export or import, or transit States, whether or not Parties;
14. “Person” means any natural or legal person;
15. “Exporter” means any person under the jurisdiction of the state of export who arranges for hazardous wastes or other wastes to be exported;
16. “Importer” means any person under the jurisdiction of the state of import  who arranges for hazardous wastes or other wastes to be imported;
17. “Carrier” means any person who carries out the transport of hazardous wastes or other wastes;
18. 
“Generator” means any person whose activity produces hazardous wastes or other wastes or, if that person is not known, the person who is in possession and/or control of those wastes;
19. 
“Disposer” means any person to whom  hazardous wastes or other wastes are shipped and who carries out the disposal of such wastes;
20. “Political and/or economic integration organization” means an organization constituted by sovereign States to which its member States have transferred competence in respect of matters governed by this convention and which has been duly authorized, in accordance with its internal procedures, to sign, ratify, accept, approve, formally confirm or accede to it;
21. ”IIIegel traffic” means any transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes as specified in Article 9.

Article 3
National Definitions of Hazardous Wastes
1. Each Party shall, within six months of becoming a Party to this convention, inform the Secretariat of the Convention of the wastes, other than those listed in Annexes I and II, considered or defined as hazardous under its national legislation and of any requirements concerning transboundary movement procedures applicable to such wastes.
2. Each Party shall subsequently inform the Secretariat of any significant changes to the information it has provided pursuant to paragraph 1.3. The Secretariat shall forthwith inform all Parties of the information it has received pursuant to paragraph 1 and 2.4. Parties shall be responsible for marking the information transmitted to them by the Secretariat under paragraph 3 available to their exporters.

Article 4
General Obligations
1.       (a) Parties exercising their right to prohibit the import of hazardous wastes or other wastes for disposal shall inform the other Parties of their decision pursuant to Article 13.    
     
(b) Parties shall prohibit or shall not permit the export of hazardous wastes or other wastes to the Parties which have prohibited the import of such wastes, when notified pursuant to subparagraph (a) above.
     
(c) Parties shall prohibit or shall not permit the export of hazardous wastes and other 
Wastes if the State of import does not consent in writing to the specific import, in the case where that State of import has not prohibited the import of such wastes.
2. Each Party shall take the appropriate measures to:        
(
a) Ensure that the generation of hazardous wastes and other wastes within it is reduced to a minimum, taking into account social, technology and economic aspects;        
(b) Ensure the availability of adequate disposal facilities, for the environmentally sound 
Management of hazardous wastes and other wastes, hat shall be located, to the extent Possible, within it, whatever the place of their disposal;
(c)     Ensure that persons involved  in the management of  hazardous wastes or other wastes within in take such steps  as are necessary  to prevent pollution due to hazardous wastes and other wastes arising from such management and, if such pollution occurs, to minimize the consequences thereof for human health and the environment;
(d)     Ensure that the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes if reducedto the minimum consistent with the environmentally sound and efficient management of such  wastes, and is conducted in a manner which will protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects which may result from such movement;     
(
e)  Not allow the export of hazardous wastes or other wastes to a state or group of states  belonging to an economic and/or political integration organization that are parties, particularly developing countries, which have prohibited by their legislation all imports, or if it has reason to believe that the wastes in question will not be managed in an environmentally sound manner, according to criteria to be decided on by the Parties at their first meeting;
(f)       Require that information about a proposed transboundary movement of hazardous wastes      and other wastes be provided to the States concerned, according to Annex V A, to state clearly the effects of the proposed movement on human health and the environment;
(g)     Prevent the import of hazardous wastes and other wastes if it has reason to believe that the wastes in question will not be managed in an environmentally sound manner;    
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h)  Co-operate in activities whit other Parties and interested organizations, directly and through  the Secretariat, including the dissemination of information on the transboundary  movement of hazardous wastes and other wastes, in order to improve the environmentally sound management of such wastes and to achieve the prevention of illegal traffic.
3. The parties consider that illegal traffic in hazardous wastes or other wastes is criminal.
4. Each Party shall take appropriate legal, administrative and other measures to implement and enforce the provisions of the Convention, including measures to prevent and punish conduct in contravention of the Convention.
5. A Party shall not permit hazardous wastes or other wastes to be exported to a non-Party or to be imported from a non-Party.
6. The Parties agree not to allow the export of hazardous wastes or other wastes for disposal within the area south of 600 south  latitude, whether or not such wastes are subject to transbounddary movement.
7. Furthermore, each Party shall:
(a)     Prohibit all person under its national jurisdiction from transporting or disposing of hazardous wastes or other wastes unless such person are authorized or allowed to perform such types of operations;            
(
b) Require that hazardous wastes and other wastes that are to be the subject of a transboundary   movement be packaged. Labeled and transported in conformity with generally accepted and recognized internationally rules and standards in the field of packaging. labeling, and transport, and that due account is taken of relevant internationally recognized practices;            
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c)  Require that hazardous wastes and other wastes be accompanied by a movement    Document from the point at which a transboundary moment commences to the point of disposal.
8. Each Party shall require that hazardous wastes or other wastes, to be exported, aremanaged in an environmentally sound manner in the State of import or elsewhere. Technical guidelines for the environmentally sound management of wastes subject to this Convention shall be decided by the Parties at their first meeting.
9. Parties shall take the appropriate measures to ensure that the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes and other wastes only be allowed if;
(a) The State of export does not have the technical capacity and the necessary facilities, capacity  or suitable disposal sites in order to dispose of the wastes in question in an  environmentally sound and efficient manner; or   
(b) The wastes in question are required as a raw material for recycling or recovery
Industries in the state of import; or   
(c) The transboundary movement in question is in accordance with other criteria to be
 decided by the Parties, provided those criteria do not differ from the objectives of this Convention.
10. The obligation under this Convention of States in which hazardous wastes and other wastes are generated to require that those wastes are managed in an environmentally sound manner may not under any circumstances be transferred to the States of import or transit.   
11. Nothing in this Convention shall prevent a Party from Imposing additional requirements that are consistent with the provisions of this Convention, and are in accordance with the rules of international law, in order better to protect human health and the environment.     
12. Nothing in this Convention shall affect in any way the sovereignty of States over their Territorial sea established in accordance with international law, and the sovereign rights and the jurisdiction which States have in their exclusive economic zones and their continental shelves in accordance with international law, and the exercise by ships and aircraft of on States of navigational rights and freedoms as provided for in international law  and as reflected in relevant international instruments.
13. Parties shall undertake to review periodically the possibilities for the reduction of the amount and/ or the pollution potential of hazardous wastes and other wastes which are exported to other  States, in particular to developing countries.

Article 4 bis [Ban Amendment, not yet entered into force]  
1. Each Party listed in Annex VII shall prohibit all transboundary movements of hazardous wastes which are deatined for operations according to Annex IV A, to States not listed in Annes VII.
2. Each Party listed in Annex VII shall phase out by 31 December 1997 , and prohibit as of
 that date, all ransboundary  movements of hazardous wastes under Article 1 (I) (a) of the Convention which are destined for operations according to Annex IV B to States not listed   Annex VII. Such transboundary movement shall not be prohibited unless the wastes in question are characterized as hazardous under the Convention.

Article 5
Designation of Competent Authorities and Focal Point
To facilitate the implementation of this Convention, the Parties shall;      
1. Designate or establish one or more competent authorities and one focal point. One competent authority shall be receive the notification in case of a States of transit.       
2. Inform the Secretariat, within three months of the date of the entry into force of his Convention for them, which agencies they have designated as their focal point and theirv competent authorities.
3. Inform the Secretariat, within one months of the date of decision, of any changes regarding the designation made by them under paragraph 2 above.       

Article 6       
Transboundary Movement between Parties

1.       The State of export shall notify, or shall require the generator or exporterto  noify, in writing, throught the channel of the competent authority of the State of export, the competent authority of the State concerned of any proposed transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes. Such notification shall contain the declarations and information specified in Annex V A, in a language acceptable to the State of import. Only one notification need to be sent to each State concerned.    
2.  The State of import shall respond to the notifier in writing, consenting to the movement With or without condition, denying permission for the movement, or requesting additional information. A copy of the final response of the State of import shall be sent to the competent authorities of the States concerned which are Parties.      
3. The State of export shall not allow the generator or export to commence the transboundary Movement until it has received written confirmation that:(a)     The notifier has received the written consent of the state of import; and(b)     The notifier has received from the State of import confirmation of the existence between exporter and the disposer specifying environmentally sound management of the wastes in question.
4.       Each State of transit which is a Party shall promptly acknowledge to the notifier receipt of the notification. It may subsequently respond to the notifier in writing, within 60 days, consenting to the movement with or without conditions, denying permission for the movement, or requesting additional information. The State of export shall not allow the transboundary movement to commence until it has received the written consent of the State transit. However, if at any time a Party decides not to require prior written consent, either generally or under specific conditions, for transit transboundary movements of hazardous wastes or other wastes, or modifies its requirements in this respect. It shall forthwith inform the other Parties of this decision pursuant to Article 13. In this latter case, if no response is received by the State of export within 60 days of the  receipt of a given notification by the State of transit, the State of export may allow the export to proceed through the State of transit. 5. In the case of a transboundary movements of wastes where the wastes are legally defined as or considered to be hazardous wastes only;
(a)     By the State of export, the requirements of paragraph 9 of this Article that apply to the importer or disposer and the State of import shall apply mutatis mutandisto the exporter and State of export, respectively;
(b)     By the State of import, or by the States of import and transit which are parties, the requirements of paragraphs 1,2,4 and 6 of this Article that apply to the exporter and State of export shall apply mutatis mutandis to the importer or disposer and State of import, respectively; or
(c)     By any State of transit which is a party, the provisions of paragraph 4 shall apply to such State.
6.       The State of export may, subject  to the written consent of the State concerned, allow the generator or the exporter to use a general notification where hazardous wastes orother wastes having the same physical and chemical characteristics are shipped regularly to the same disposer via the same customs office of exit of the State of export via the same customs office of entry of the State of import, in the case of transit, via the same customs office of entry and exit of the State or States of transit.  
7.       The States concerned may make their written consent to the use of the general  notification referred to in paragraph 6 subject to the supply of certain information, such as the exact quantities or periodical lists of hazardous wastes or other wastes to be shipped.          
8.  The general notification and writing consent referred to in paragraph 6 and 7 may cover multiple shipments of hazardous wastes or other wastes during a maximum period of 12 months.        
9.  The parties shall require that is person who takes charge of a transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes sign the movement document either upon delivery or receipt of the wastes in question. They shall also require that the diposer inform both the exporter and the competent of the State of export of receipt by the disposer of  the wastes in question and. In due course. of  the completion of disposal as apecified in the notification. If no such information is received within the State of export, the competent authority of the State of export or the exporter shall so notify the State of import.  
10. The notification and response required by this Article shall be transmitted to the compement authority of the Parties concerned or to such governmental  authority as may be appropriate in the case of non-Parties.
11.      Any transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes shall be covered  By insurance, bondor other  guarantee as may be required by the State of import or any  State of transit which is a Party.    

Article 7   
Transboundary movement from a Party through States which are not Parties 
Paragraph 1 of Article 6 of the Covention shall apply mutatis mutandis to transboundary         movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes from a Party through a State or States which are not Parties.    

Article 8    
Duty to Re-import
   
When a transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes to which the
  consent of the State concerned has been given, subject to the provision of this convention, cannot be completed in accordance with the teams of the contract, the State of export shall ensure that the wastes in question are taken back into the State of export, by the exporter, if alternative arrangements cannot be made for their disposal in an environmentally sound manner, within 90 days from the time that the importing State informed the State of export and the Secretariat, or such other period of time as the State concerned agree. To this end, the State of export and any Party of transit shall not oppose, hinder or prevent the return of those wastes to the State of export.

Article 9 Illegal Traffic    
1.  For the purpose of this convention, any transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or        other wastes:
(a)     without notification pursuant to the provision of this convention to all States concerned; or
(b)     without the consent pursuant to the provision of this convention of a State concerned; or
(c)     with consent obtained from States concerned through falsification, misrepresentation or fraud; or
(d)     that dose not conform in a material way with the documents; or
(e)     that results in deliberate disposal (e.g. dumping) of hazardous wastes or other wastes in contravention of this convention and of general principles of international law, shall be deemed to be illegal traffic.       

2.  In case of a transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes deemed to be illegal traffic as the result of conduct on the part of the exporter or generator, the State ofexport shall ensure that the wastes in question are:(a)     taken back by the exporter or the generator or, if necessary, by itself into the State of export, or if impracticable.(b)     are otherwise disposed of in accordance with the provisions of this convention, within30 days from the time the State of export has been informed about the illegal traffic or such other period of time as States concerned may agree. To this end the Parties concerned shall not oppose, hinder or prevent the return of those wastes to the Stateof export.       

3.  In the case of a transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other wastes deemed            to be illegal traffic as the result of conduct on the part of the importer or disposer, the State of import shall ensure that  the wastes in question are disposed of in an environmentally sound manner by the importer or disposer or, if necessary, by itself within 30 days from the time the illegal traffic has come to the attention of the State of import or such other period of time as the States concerned may agree. To this end, the Parties concerned shall co-operate, as necessary, in the disposal of the wastes in an            environmentally sound manner.   4. In cases where the responsibility for the illegal traffic cannot be assigned either to      exporter or generator or to the importer or disposer, the Parties concerned or other      Parties, as appropriate, shall ensure, through co-operation, that the wastes in question      are disposed of as possible in an environmentally sound manner either in the State of       export or the State of import or elsewhere as appropriate.5.       Each Parties shall introduce appropriate notional /domestic legislation to prevent and     punish illegal traffic. The Parties shall co-operate with a view to achieiving the objects     of this Article.

Article 10
International Co-operation
1.       The Parties shall Co-operate with each other in order to improve and achieve   Environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes.
2.       To this end, the Parties shall;
(a)     Upon request, mark available information, whether on a bilateral or multilateral basis, with a view to promoting the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes, including harmonization of technical standardsand pratices for the adequate management of hazardous wastes and other wastes;
(b)     Co-operate in monitoring the effects of the mangement of hazardous wastes onhuman and the environment;
(c)     Co-operate, subject to their laws, regulations and policies, in the development andimplementation of new environmentally sound low-wastes technologies and the  improvement of existing technologies with a view to eliminating, as for as practicable, the generation of hazardous wastes and other wastes and achieving more effective and efficient methods of ensuring their management in an environmentally sound manner, including the study of the economic, social and environmental effects of the adoption of such new or improved technologies;
(d)     Co-operate actively, subject to their national law, regulation and policies, in the transfer of technology and management system releted to the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes. They shall alsoco-operate in developing the technical capacity among Parties, especiallythose which may need and request technical assistance in this field;(e)     Co-operate in developing appropriate technical guidelines and / or codes of  practice.
3.       The Parties account employ appropriate means to co-operate in order to assist  developing countries in the implemementation of subparagraphs a, b,c and d of paragraph 2 of Article 4.4.  Taking into account the needs of developing countries, co-operate between Parties and competent international organizations is encouraged to promote, inter alia, public awareness, the development of sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastesand the adoption of new low-waste technologies.    

Article 11   
Bilateral, Multilateral and Regional Agreements
1.       Notwithstanding the provision of Article 4 paragraph 5, Parties may enter into bilateral, Multilateral, or regional agreement or arrangements regarding transboundary movementof hazardous wastes and other wastes with Parties or non-Parties provided that such agreement or arrangements do not derogate from the environmentally sound managementof hazardous wastes and other wastes as required by this Convention. These agreementsor arrangements shall stipulate provisions which are not less environmentally sound thanthose provided for by this Convention in particular taking into account interests of developing countries.    
2.  Parties shall notify the Secretariat of any bilateral, multilateral or regional agreement or
arrangements referred to in paragraph 1 and those which they have entered into prior to the entry into force of this Convention for them, for the purpose of controlling transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and other wastes which take place entirelyamong the Parties to such agreements. The provisions of this Convention shall not affect transboundary movements which take place pursuant to such agreement provided that such agreements are compatible with the environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes and other wastes as required by this Convention.    

Article 12     
Consultations on Liability
The Parties shall co-operate with view to adopting, as soon as practicable setting out appropriate rules and procedures in the field of liability and compensation for damageresulting from the transboundary movement and disposal of hazardous wastes and other wastes. 

Article 13
Transmission of Information
1.       The Parties shall, whenever it comes to their knowledge, ensure that, in the case of an Accident occurring during the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or otherWastes or their diposal, which are likely to present risks to human health and the environment in other States, those States are immediately informed.
2.       The Parties shall inform each other, through the Secretariat, of:
(a)      Changes regarding the designation of competent authorities and/ or focal points,pursuant to Article 5;
(b)      Changes in their national definition of hazardous wastes, pursuant to Article 3;and, as soon as possible.
(c)       Decisions made by them not to consent totally or partially to the import of hazardous wastes or other wastes for diposal within the area under their national jurisdiction;
(d)      Decisions taken by them to limit or ban the export of hazardous wastes or other Wastes;
(e)      Any other information required pursuant to paragraph 4 of this Article.
3.  The Parties, consistent with national laws and regulations, shall transmit, though the Secretariat, to the Conference of the Parties established under Article 15, before the endof each calendar year, a report on the previous calendar year, containing the following information:  
(a)  Competent authorities and focal point that have designated by them pursuant to 
Article 5;
(b)  Information regarding transboundary movement of hazardous wastes or other in which they have been involved, including;
(i)  The amount of hazardous wastes and other wastes exported, their category, Characterististics, destination any transit country and disposal method and stated on the response to notification ;                    
(ii)  The amount of hazardous wastes and other wastes imported, their category,
                          origin and  disposal methods;                     
(iii)  Disposals which did not proceed as intended;
            
(iv)  Effort to achieve a reduction of the amount of hazardous wastes or other
wastes subject to transboundary movement;(c)     Information on the measures adopted by them in implementation of this Convention;(d)     Information on available qualified statstics which have been compiled by them on the effects on human health and the environment of the generation, transportation and disposal of hazardous wastes or other wastes;       
(e) Information concerning bilateral, multilateral and regional agreement and arrangements
entered into pursuant to Article 11 of this Convention;        
(f) Information on accidents occurring during the transboundary movement and disposal
of hazardous wastes and other wastes and on the measures undertaken to deal with  them; and  
(g)  Information on disposal options operated within the area of their national jurisdiction;
        
(h)  Information on measures undertaken for development of technologies for the reduction
    And/or elimination of production of hazardous wastes and other wastes; and        
(i)  Such other matters as the Conference of the Parties shall deem relevant.
4.  The Parties, consistent with national laws and regulations, shall ensure that copies of each notification concerning any given transboundary movement of hazardous wastes and other wastes, and the response to it, are sent to the Secretariat when a Party considers that its environment may be affected by that transboundary movement has requested that this should be done.

Article 14
Financial Aspects
1.  The Parties agree that, according to the specific needs of different regions and subregion,     regional or sub-regional centers for training and technology transfer regarding the Management of hazardous wastes and other wastes and the minimization of their generation should be established. The Parties shall decide on the establishment of appropriate funding mechanisms of a voluntary nature.
2.       The Parties shall consider the establishment of a revolving fund to assist on an interimbasis in case of emergency situations to minimize damage from accidents arising from transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and other wastes or during the disposalof those wastes.   

Article 15  
Conference of the Parties
   
1.  A Conference of the Parties is hereby established. The first meeting of the Conference
of the Parties shall be convened by the Executive Director of UNEP not later than one year after the entry into force of this Convention. Thereafter, ordinary meetings of the Conference, of the Parties shall be held at regular intervals to be determined by the Conference at its first meeting.      
2.  Extraordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties shall be held at such other time as
Many be deemed necessary by the Conference, or at the written request of any Party, Provided that, within six months of the request being communicated to them by the Secretariat, it is supported by at least one third of the Parties.
3.       The Conference of the Parties shall be consensus agree upon and adopt rules of procedure for itself and for any subsidiary body it may establish, as well as financial rules to determine in particular the financial participation of the Parties under this  Convention.
4.       The Parties at their first meeting shall consider any additional measures needed to assistThem in fulfilling their responsibilities with respect to the protection and the preservationOf the marine environment in the context of this Convention.
5.       The Conference of the Parties shall keep under continuous review and evaluation the effective implememtation of this convention and in addition, shall:
(a)     Promote the hamonization of appropriate policies, strategies, and measures for minimizing harm to human health and the environment by hazardous wastes and other wastes;
(b)     Consider and adopt, as required, amendments to this Convention and its annexes, taking into consideration, inter alia, available scientific, technical, economic and environmental information;(c)     Consider and undertake any additional action that may be required for the      achievement  of the purposes of this convention in the light of experience gained     in its operation and in the operation of the agreements and arrangements     envisaged in Article 11;
(d)     Consider and adopt protocols as required; and
(e)    Establish such subsidiary bodies as are deemed necessary for the implementation of this Convention.    
6.  The United Nations. Its specialized agencies, as well as any State not Party to this
Convention, may be represented as observers at meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Any other body or agency, whether national or international, government or non-government, qualified in fields relating to hazardous wastes and other wastes which has informed the Secretariat of its wish to be represented as an observer at a meeting of the Conference of the Parties, may be admitted unless at least one third of the Parties present object. The admission and participation of observers shall be subject to the rules of procedure adopted by the Conference of the Parties.
7. The Conference of the Parties shall undertake three years after the entry into force to this Convention, and at least every six years thereafter, an evaluation of its effectiveness and,  If deemed necessary, to consider the adoption of a complete or partail ban of transboundary of hazardous wastes and other wastes in light of the latest scientific, environmental, technical and economic information. 

Article 16
Secretariat
1.       The functions of the Secretariat shall be:
(a)     To arrange for and service meetings provided for in Article 15 and 17;
(b)     To prepare and transmit reports based upon information received in accordance with Article 3, 4 , 6, 11 and 13 as well as upon information derived from meetings ofsudsidiary bodies established under Article 15 as well as upon, as appropriate,information provided by relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental entities;
(c)     To prepare report on its activities carried out in imprementation of its functions under this Convention and present them to the Conference of the Parties;
(d)     To ensure the necessary coordination with relevant international bodies, and in particular to enter into such administrative and contractual arrangements as may berequired for the effective discharge of its function;
(e)     To communication with focal points and competent Authorities established by the Parties in accordance with Article 5 of this Convention;
(f)       To compile information concerning authorized national sites and facilities of Parties available for the disposal of their hazardous wastes and other wastes and tocirculate this information among Parties;
(g)     To receive and convey information form and to Parties on; -  sources of technical assistance and training;-  available technical and scientific know-how;-    sources of advice and expertise; and-          available of resources with a view to assisting them, upon request, in such areas as-  the handing of the notification system of this convention;-   the management to hazardous wastes and other wastes;-  environmentally sound technologies relating to hazardous wastes and other wastes; such as low-and non-wastes technology;-    the assessment of disposal capabilities and sits;-          the monitoring of hazardous wastes and other wastes; and -          emergency responses;
(h)     To provide Parties, upon request, with information on consultants or consultingfirms having the necessary technical competence in the field. which can assistthem to examine a notification for a transboundary movement, the concurrence of a shipment of hazardous wastes and other wastes with the relevant notification.and /or the fact that the proposed disposal facilities for hazardous wastes of other wastes are environmentally sound, when they have reason to believe that the wastesin question will not be managed in an environmentally sound manner. Any such examination would not be at the expense of the Secrtariat;          
(i)  To assist Parties upon request in their identification of case of illegal traffic and to 
criculate immediately to the Parties concerned any information it has received regarding illegal traffic;
(j)       To co-operate with Parties and with relevant and competent international organization and agencies in the provision of experts and equipment for the purpose of rapid assistance to State in the event of an emergency situation; and
(k)     To perform such other function relevant to the purposes of this Convention as may bedetermined by the Conference of the Parties.  
2.   The Secretarial functions will be carried out on an interim basis by UNEP unit the 
completion of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties held pursuant to Article15.
3.   At it first meeting, the Conference of the Parties shall designate the Secretarial from among those exiting competent intergovernmentat organizations which have signified their willingness to carry out the Secretariat function under this Convention. At this meeting, the Conference of the Parties shall also evaluate the implementation by the interim Secretarial offunction assigned to it, in particular under paragraph 1 above, and decide upon the structuresappropriate for those function. 

Article 17
Amendment of the Convention
1.       Any Parties may propose amendments to this Convention and any Parties to a protocol may propose amendments to that protocol. Such amendments shall take due account,inter alia, of relevant scientific and technical consideration.
2.       Amendments to this Convention shall be adopted at a meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Amendments to any protocol shall be adopted at a meeting of the Parties to the Protocol  in question. The text of any proposed amendment to this Convention or to any protocol, except as any otherwise be provided in such protocol, shall be communicated to the Parties by the Secretariat at least six months before the meeting at which it is proposed for adoption. The Secretariat shall also communicated proposed amendments to the Signatories to this Convention for information.
3.       The Parties shall make every effort to reach agreement on any proposed amendment tothis Convention by consensus. If all efforts at consensus have been exhausted, and no agreement reached, the amendment shall as a last resort be adopted by a three-fourthsmajority of the Parties present and voting at the meeting, and shall be submitted by the Depositary to all Parties for ratification, approval, formal confirmation or acceptance.
4.       The Procedure mentioned in paragraph 3 above shall apply to amendments to any protocol, except that a two-thirds majority of the Parties to that protocol present and votingAt the meeting shall suffice for their adoption.
5.       Instruments of ratification, approval, formal, confirmation or acceptance of amendmentsshall be deposited with the depositary. Amendments adopted in accordance with paragraph 3 or 4 above shall enter into force between Parties having accepted them on the ninetiethday after the receipt by the Depositary of their instrument of ratification, approval, formalconfirmation or acceptance by at least three-fourths of the Parties who accepted them orby at least two-thirds of the Parties to the protocol concerned who accepted them,except as may otherwise be provided in such protocol. The amendments shall enter intoforce for any other Party on the ninetieth day after that Party deposits its instrument of ratification, approval, formal confirmation or acceptance of the amendments.
6.       For the purpose of this Article, “ Parties present and voting” means Parties present and casting an affirmative or negative vote.    

Article 18     
Adoption and Amendment of Annexes
 
1. The annexes to this Convention or to any protocol shall form an integral part of this 
Convention or of such protocol, as the case may be and, unless expressly provided otherwise, a reference to this Convention or its protocol constitutes at the same time a reference to any annexes thereto. Such annexes shall be restricted to scientific and administrative matters.
2   Except as may be otherwise provided in any protocol with respect to its annexes, theFollowing procedure shall apply to the proposal, adoption and entry into force of additionalannexes to this Convention or of annexes to a protocol;
(a)     Annexes to this Convention and its protocols shall be proposed and adopted according to the procedure laid down in Article 17, paragraph 2, 3 and 4;
(b)     Any Party that is unable to accept an additional annex to this Convention or an annex to any protocol to which it is Party shall so notify the Depositary, in writing, within is months form the date of the communication of the adoption by the depositary. The Depositary shall without delay notify on Parties of any such notification received. A Partymay at any time substitute an acceptance for a previous declaration of objection and the annexes shall thereupon enter into farce for that Party;
(c)     On the expiry of six months from the date of the circulation of the communication by theDepositary the annex shall become effective for all Parties to this Convention or to any Protocol concerned, which have not submitted a notification in accordance with the provision of subparagraph (b) above.
3.The proposal, adoption and entry into force of amendments to annexes to this Convention or to any protocol shall be subject to the same procedure as for the proposal, adoption and entry into force of annexes to the Convention or annexes to a protocol. Annexes andamendments thereto shall take due account, inter alia, of relevant scientific and technicalconsiderations.  
4.       If an additional annex or an amendment to an annex involves an amendment to this  Convention or to any protocol, the additional annex or amended annex shall not enter into Force until such time the amendment to this Convention or to the protocol enters into force 

Article 19 
Verification 
      
Any Party which has reason to believe that another Party is acting or has acted in breach
  Of its obligations under this Convention may inform the Secretariat thereof, and in such an  event, shall simultaneously and immediately inform, directly or through the Secretariat, the  Party against whom the allegations are made. All relevant information should be submitted  by the Secretariat to the Parties.

Article 20
Signature      
This Convention shall be open for signature by States, represented by the United Nations
Council for Namibia, and by political and/or economic integration, in Basel on 22 March1989, atthe Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland in Berne from 23 March 1989 to 30 June1989 and at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 July 1989 to 22 March 1990.

Article 21
Signature
This Convention shall be open for signature by States,by Namibia,represented by the United NationsCouncil for Namibia,and by political and/or economic integration organizations, in Basel on 22 March1989,at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland in Berme from 23 March 1989 to30 June 1989 and at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1 July 1989 to 22 March 1990.

Article 22
Ratification, Acceptance, Formal Confirmation or Approval
1.       This Convention shall be subject to ratification, acceptance or approval by States and by Namibia, represented by the United Nations for Namibia, and to formal confirmation or approval by political and/or economic intergration organizations. Instruments of ratification,acceptance, formal confirmation, or approval shall be deposited with the Depositary.
2.       Any organization referred to in paragraph 1 above which becomes a Party to this Conventionwithout any of its members States being a Party shall be bound by on the obligations underthe Convention. In the case of such organizations, one or more of whose member States isa Party to the Convention, the organization and its member States shall decide on their respective responsibilities for the performance of their obligations under the Convention. In such cases, the organization and the member States shall not be entitled to exercise rightsunder the Convention concurrently.
3.  In their instruments of formal confirmation or approval, the organization referred to in paragraph 1  above shall declare the extent of their competence with respect to the matters governed by the Convention. These organizations shall also inform the Depositary. who will inform the Parties of any substantial modification in the extent of their competence. 

Article  23
Accession
1.       This Convention shall be open for accession by States, by Namibia, represented by the United Nations Council for Namibia, and by political and/or economic integration organization from the day after the date on which the Convention is closed for signature. The instruments of accession shall be deposited with the Depositary.
2.       In their instruments of accession, the organization refered to in paragraph 1 above shall declare the extent of their competence with respect to the matters governed by the Convention. These organizations shall also inform the Depositary of any substantial in the extent of their competence.
3.       The provisions of Article 22, paragraph 2, shall apply to political and/ or economicintegration organization which accede to this Convention.  

Article 24   
Right to Vote
1.       Except as provided for in paragraph 2 below, each Contracting Party to this ConventionShall one vote
2.       Political and/or economic integration organizations, in matters with their competence,in accordance with Article 22, paragraph 3, and Article 23, paragraph 2, shall exercise their right to vote with a number of votes equal  to the number of their member States whichare Parties to the Convention or the relevant protocol. Such organization shall not exercise their to vote if their member States exercise  theirs, and vice versa.    

Article 25    
Entry into Force 
   
1.  This Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the day of deposit of the
         twentieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, formal confirmation, approval or accession.
2.  For each State or political and/or economic integration organization which ratifies, accepts,approves or formally confirms this Convention or accedes thereto after the date of the deposit of the twentieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval, formal confirmationor accession, it shall entry into force on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit by suchState or political and /or economic integration organization of its instrument of ratification,acceptance, approval, formal confirmation or accession.
3.       For the purpose of paragraph 1 and 2 above, any instrument deposited by a political and/or economic integration organization shall not be counted to those deposited by member States of such organization.   

Article 26    
Reservations and Declarations
1.       No reservation or exception may be made to this Convention.
2.       Paragraph 1 of this Article does not preclude a State of political and/or economic integration organization, when signing, ratifying, accepting, approving, formally confirming or acceding to this Convention, from making declarations or statements, however phrased or named, with a view, inter alia, to the harmonization of its laws and regulation with the provisions of this Convention, provided that such declarations or statements do not purport to exclude or to modify the legal effects of the provisions of the Convention in their application to that State.State.   

 Article 27    
Withdrawal
1.       At any time after three years from the date on which this Convention has entered into force for a Party, that Party may withdraw form the Convention by giving written notification to the Depository. 
2.       Withdrawal shall be affective one year form receipt of notification by the Depository, or on such latter date as  may be specified in the notification.   

Article 28   
Depository
         
The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall be the Depository, or on such later date
As may be specified in the notification. 

Article 29    
Authentic texts
The original Arabic, Chinesse, English, French, Russian and Spanish texts of this Convention are equally authentic. In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorized to the effect, have signed this Convention.     

Done at…………………………on the………………………day of……………………….1989

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