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Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their disposal (Basel Convention)
The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was adopted on 22 March 1989 and entered into force in 1992. The overarching objective of the Basel Convention is to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects of hazardous wastes. The provisions of the Convention center around the following principal aims: a) the reduction of hazardous waste generation and the promotion of environmentally sound management of hazardous wastes, wherever the place of disposal, b) the restriction of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes except where it is perceived to be in accordance with the principles of environmentally sound management and c) a regulatory system applying to cases where transboundary movements are permissible. The Basel Protocol on Liability and Compensation was adopted in 1999, which, however, hasn't entered into force yet.