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The Basel Convention mechanism for promoting the implementation and compliance - Celebrating a decade of assistance to Parties

The Basel Convention mechanism for promoting the implementation and compliance - Celebrating a decade of assistance to Parties

The Basel Convention mechanism for promoting the implementation and compliance - Celebrating a decade of assistance to Parties

This brochure presents a brief overview of the activities of the Implementation and Compliance Committee carried out during the period 2002 – 2011. It complements the brochure entitled “The Basel Convention Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance” published in 2006, which is intended to be a brief guide for Parties to explain the procedures of the Committee.

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The Basel Convention  Mechanism for promoting implementation and compliance

The Basel Convention Mechanism for promoting implementation and compliance

The Basel Convention  Mechanism for promoting implementation and compliance

In order to promote understanding of the mechanism for promoting the implementation of and compliance with the obligations set out under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, the Committee that is entrusted with administering that mechanism (“the Compliance Committee”) decided that it would prepare the present publication - a brief guide for Parties to explain, in clear terms, the procedures of the Committee.

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Overview and Mandate

Implementation and compliance matters fall within the mandate of the Committee administering the Mechanism for Promoting Implementation and Compliance with the Basel Convention.

Information about this subsidiary body (mandate, membership, meetings and reports) is available in the Convention section of the website. This section of the website provides information on the implementation of the Committee’s work programme, including access to Committee members’ restricted webpages.

The Committee’s work programmes adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention pertain to both mandates of the Committee : its specific submissions mandate, and its general issues mandate.

General Issues Mandate

In accordance with paragraph 21 of the terms of reference of the mechanism for promoting implementation and compliance, the Committee shall, as directed by the Conference of the Parties, review general issues of compliance and implementation under the Convention. Such issues may relate, inter alia, to:

  1. Ensuring the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous and other wastes;
  2. Training customs and other personnel;
  3. Accessing technical and financial support, particularly for developing countries, including technology transfer and capacity-building;
  4. Establishing and developing means of detecting and eradicating illegal traffic, including investigating, sampling and testing;
  5. Monitoring, assessing and facilitating reporting under article 13 of the Convention; and
  6. The implementation of, and compliance with, specified obligations under the Convention.

In accordance with paragraph 24 of the terms of reference, the Committee shall report to each ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties on any conclusions and/or recommendations it has developed under paragraph 21 and on its suggestions for any future work that may be required on general issues of compliance and implementation, for the consideration and approval of the Conference of the Parties.

Specific Submissions Mandate

In accordance with paragraph 19 of the terms of reference of the mechanism for promoting implementation and compliance, the Committee shall consider any submission made to it in accordance with paragraph 9 with a view to determining the facts and root causes of the matter of concern and, assist in its resolution. Paragraph 19 also specifies the kind of advice, non-binding recommendations and information that the Committee may provide a Party with as part of the facilitation procedure, while paragraph 20 specifies the kind of additional measures that the Committee may recommend that the Conference of the Parties decide upon.

Paragraph 9 of the terms of reference specifies who may make submissions to the Committee (self Party trigger, Party-to-Party trigger or limited Secretariat trigger). 

In accordance with paragraph 23 of the terms of reference, the Committee shall report to each ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Parties on the work it has carried out to fulfill its functions under paragraphs 19 and 20 for the information and/or the consideration by the Conference of the Parties.

By decision IX/2, the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties the decided to enlarge the scope of the Trust Fund to Assist Developing Countries and other Countries in Need of Technical Assistance in the Implementation of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (Technical Cooperation Trust Fund) and established an implementation fund to assist any Party that is a developing country or country with an economy in transition and is the subject of a submission made in accordance with paragraph 9 of the terms of reference of the Committee.

By decision BC-10/11, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties established the Committee's legal framework programme that aims at providing tailored assistance to Parties, upon request, with a view to ensuring that those requirements of the Basel Convention pertaining to national legislation are adequately implemented. By its decision BC-11/8, the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties invited Parties to make use of the programme.