19 June 2013, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire - In the framework of the “Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal,” a project entitled “Implications of ratification of the Basel Convention Ban Amendment for Côte d'Ivoire,” aimed at facilitating the ratification of the Ban Amendment in Cote d’Ivoire, with financial support of the Swiss Government and technical support of UNITAR, was implemented from December 2012 to April 2013 (the Amendment will prohibit exports of hazardous wastes covered by the Convention that are intended for final disposal, reuse, recycling and recovery, from Parties and other States members of the OECD, EC, Liechtenstein, to all other countries).
The project resulted in a technical study analysing the national situation related to import of hazardous wastes and the implications of ratification of the Ban Amendment in Côte d'Ivoire, a legal analysis of steps needed to ratify the Ban amendment, and a draft legal text.
Project implementation led to two key outcomes:
- Representatives of Cote d’Ivoire made a statement during the ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, held in Geneva, from 28 April to 10 May 2013. They expressed their thanks to the Swiss Government for its financial support and UNITAR for its technical support, and presented to the audience the above mentioned project, its results and status of the ratification of the Ban Amendment as pending approval of the Parliament for signature by the President;
- Following that meeting, on 15 May 2013, the Parliament of Cote d’Ivoire adopted the proposed decree for the ratification of the Ban Amendment - the instrument will therefore enter into force upon signature by the President (expected within a few weeks).
The forthcoming ratification of the Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention represents a crucial step for Cote d’Ivoire towards protection of the environment and human health from hazardous wastes by enabling prohibition of exports of hazardous wastes covered by the Basel Convention from industrialized countries.
UNITAR, together with the Government of Cote d’Ivoire, wish to express once more their gratitude to the Government of Switzerland for its support towards the implementation of the Basel Convention and the Ban Amendment.