We, the Ministers and other heads of delegation from the Parties to the Basel Convention and from other States having met in Bali, Indonesia, on the occasion of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal;

Mindful that the conditions of life on our planet are threatened and that the challenge for Governments, civil society and private sector is to protect and improve environment and human health and livelihoods for present and future generations;


Declare that:


We reaffirm our commitment to the principles and purposes of the Basel Convention adopted on 22 March 1989, including the fundamental objective to protect, by strict control, human health and the environment against the adverse effects resulting from the generation, transboundary movement and management of hazardous wastes and other wastes in a spirit of solidarity and partnership and are willing to contribute to a new momentum to achieve its objectives.


  2. We also reaffirm our commitment to sustainable development, including those principles set out in Agenda 21, including chapter 20 and 21m as agreed upon at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992.

  3. We further reaffirm our commitment to the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development and the Johannesburg Plan for Implementation which aimed to advance and strengthen the interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars of sustainable development – economic development, social progress and environmental protection – at the local, national, regional and global levels.

  4. We are convinced that full and effective action to implement the Basel Convention will contribute to the achievement of sustainable development, notably internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, through wastes prevention and minimization, the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes ands safe and environmentally sound management of wastes. In this way, progress can be made in the area of poverty eradication, health, education, gender equality, environmental sustainability and global partnership for development.

  5. We are fully aware that wastes, if not managed in a safe and environmentally sound manner, may have serious consequences for the environment, human health and sustainable livelihoods, and therefore we reaffirm our commitment to prevent illegal transboundary movements of hazardous wastes, to minimize the generation of, and to promote the safe and environmentally sound management of wastes within each country.

  6. We are convinced that if those action are taken, there is high potential to improve human health and livelihood of all citizens and to provide economic opportunities through the safe and efficient reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery, treatment and disposal of wastes. We believe that we could help to realize these potential benefits by encouraging the incorporation of sound wastes management in developing and sustainability strategies and through strengthened cooperation at all levels.

  7. We sill further promote international, regional and inter-agency cooperation, coordination and planning, including among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, to facilitate capacity building, information sharing and technology transfer in tackling hazardous waste issues, including through the implementation of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity building.

  8. We note that resource mobilization is an important task to be undertaken for achieving the objectives of Basel Convention. In this context, as set out in decision VIII/34 on Resource Mobilization and Sustainable Financing, in particular its paragraph 5, which takes into account the co-benefits between the environmentally sound management of wastes and climate protection, we encourage raising of such resources, including from the flexible mechanism under the Un Framework Convention on climate Change and its Kyoto protocol.

  9. We all upon international and regional partners to support and enhance the implementation of the Basel Convention at bilateral, regional and global levels through providing adequate resources and assistance, for safe and environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes, and we believe that public-private partnership approach could be an important way of advancing activities for the environmentally sound management of wastes. In this context, we also recall the importance of the role played by the Basel Convention Regional Centers in enhancing the implementation of the Convention, and the need to support the building of their capacity to improve their effectiveness.

  10. We encourage the following actions by parties and by relevant public and private organizations, including international and regional organizations and programs, to:

·        Promote awareness raising on the link between wastes management, health, livelihoods and environment.

·        Strengthen regional and sub-regional collaboration in wastes and health issues, by promoting national, regional and international human and appropriate technical capacities.

·        Improve waste shipment and border controls to prevent illegal movements of hazardous wastes and other wastes, including through capacity building, technology transfer and technical assistance.

·        Improve cooperation between national authorities in the wastes, chemicals and health sectors, and in collaboration with other relevant authorities and stakeholders, in the development and implementation of effective and sound waste management system.

·        Increase capacity building and promote and, where possible, enhance public and private investment for the transfer and the use of appropriate technology for the safe and environmentally sound management of wastes.

  1. We invite the World Health Assembly to consider a resolution related to the improvement of health through safe and environmentally sound wastes management.