Conference of the Parties to the Bamako Convention on the Ban of the Import into Africa and the Control of Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within Africa “The Bamako Convention: A platform for a Pollution Free Africa” - Report by the Secretariat on the Implementation of the Bamako Convention

United Nations Environment Programme ; Bamako Convention (2018)

During the negotiations process for the Basel convention the position of the African countries was in favor of a total ban of transboundary movements of hazardous waste, instead of the mechanism of controlling and monitoring these movements that was finally adopted. The position of African countries was dictated by their feeling that actually they don’t have the institutional and technological means needed for an effective control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes. To protect the continent from illegal dumping and traffic of hazardous waste, African countries adopted the Bamako convention in line with Article 11 of the Basel convention which encourages parties to enter into bilateral, multilateral and regional agreements on Hazardous Waste to help achieve the objectives of the convention.

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