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Record information and status
Record ID
15833
Status
Published
Date of creation
2006-08-23 14:16 UTC (philippe.leblond@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2018-04-12 13:08 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2018-04-12 13:08 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)

General information
Name of the Organization
Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC)
Coordinates
Coordinates
Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC)
International Environment House
13-15 chemin des Anémones
Châtelaine (Geneva)
Switzerland, 1219
Phone:+41 (0)22 917 8271
Fax:+41 22 797 3454
Email:brs@brsmeas.org
Url:Secretariat of the Basel Convention,Synergies among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Contact Information
Type of organization
  • UN and other specialized agency of the UN Common System
Thematic areas
Handling, transport, packaging and identification
Organization’s profile
The Basel Convention was principally devoted to setting up a framework for controlling the "transboundary" movements of hazardous wastes, that is, the movement of hazardous wastes across international frontiers. It also developed the criteria for "environmentally sound management". A Control System, based on prior written notification, was also put into place.

The Secretariats of the Basel and Stockholm conventions are administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and are located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention is jointly served by UNEP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and in Rome, Italy.

In 2012, the Secretariats of the Basel and Stockholm conventions, as well as the UNEP-part of the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat, moved from three separate secretariats with a programmatic structure to a single Secretariat with a matrix structure serving the three conventions. Since October 2014, Mr. Rolph Payet is serving as the Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. The FAO-part of the Rotterdam Convention Secretariat is currently headed by the Executive Secretary, Mr. Bill Murray.

The mandates of the Secretariats are laid out in Article 16 of the Basel Convention, Article 20 of the Rotterdam Convention and Article 19 of the Stockholm Convention. The principal functions are to prepare for and service meetings of the conferences of the parties and its subsidiary bodies, to receive and convey information, to assist or facilitate assistance to parties upon request and to coordinate with other international bodies.
Contact person
Mr. Rolph Payet
Executive Secretary
Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC)
International Environment House
13-15 chemin des Anémones
Châtelaine (Geneva)
Switzerland, 1219
Phone:+41 (0)22 917 8271
Email:brs@brsmeas.org
Url:http://www.basel.int/
Additional Information
Additional Information
The Basel Convention regulates transboundary movements of hazardous wastes just like the Protocol regulates transboundary movements of LMOs.