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Convention on Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents
The Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents is a United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) convention signed on 17 March 1992, that entered into force on 19 April 2000. The Convention is designed to protect people and the environment against industrial accidents by preventing accidents from occurring, or reducing their frequency and severity and mitigating their effects if required. The Convention promotes active international cooperation between countries, before, during and after an industrial accident and is based on the prevention of industrial accidents, ensuring preparedness for accident with transboundary effects, the liquidation of the effects of the aforementioned incidents, reporting on the occurrence of major accidents with transboundary effects and granting mutual assistance in case of major accidents with transboundary effects. In 2003 the Protocol on Civil Liability for Damage and Compensation for Damage Caused by Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents on Transboundary Waters, was adopted but has not yet entered into force. This Protocol is also a joint instrument to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes.