PRESS RELEASE (closing session)

  Basel Convention Conference of the Parties adopts Bali Declaration on waste management for human health and livelihood

Bali/Indonesia, 27 June 2008 – The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (COP9), hosted by the Government of Indonesia, today adopted the Bali Declaration on Waste Management for Human Health and Livelihood in Bali, Indonesia

In the Bali Declaration, whose negotiations were facilitated by the Government of Indonesia as part of its Presidency of the meeting, Parties to the Convention reaffirm their commitment to the fundamental objective of the Convention to protect, by strict control, human health and the environment against the adverse effects resulting from the generation, transboundary movement and management of hazardous and other wastes. Parties also underline their conviction that the implementation of the Basel Convention contributes to achieving sustainable development and the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Through the implementation of the Basel Convention, Parties indicate that progress can be made in the areas of poverty eradication, health, education, gender equality and environmental sustainability.

In the Bali Declaration, Parties to the Convention invite the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization to consider a resolution on the improvement of health though safe and environmentally sound waste management.

The Bali Declaration proposes concrete action points[1] to Parties, public and private organizations, including international and regional organizations and programmes in support of the sound implementation of the Convention.

Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, mentioned that “through the theme of the meeting, “waste management for human health and livelihood