Ban Ratification Deposit Box

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51 in out of 66! 15 to go!

Basel Ban Amendment’s Legal Entry into Global Force

At the 10th Conference of Parties to the Basel Convention (COP10), the controversy over entry into force of Amendments was resolved with the adoption of the Country Led Initiative omnibus decision. The Parties resolved to adopt the fixed time approach which means that 3/4ths of the Parties that were present at the time of the adoption of an amendment are needed for it to enter into force. In September of 1995 at COP3, there were 87 Parties (all listed in the right-hand column of the table below). 3/4ths of 87 equals 66. So the Ban Amendment (Decision III/1) needs a total of 66 of those 87 that were Parties at the time of COP3 for entry into legal force. Currently we have 51 as indicated in yellow highlight below and in the Deposit Box above.

Current Ratifications of Basel Ban

Parties in 1995 that Adopted Basel Ban and Count toward the total of 66 Needed for Entry into Force

Albania Andorra

	Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina Argentina


Austria Austria


Bahrain Bahrain


Belgium Belgium Bolivia Botswana


Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria


Chile Chile China China


Cook Islands

	Costa Rica
	Cote d’Ivoire

Cyprus Cyprus Czech Republic Czech Republic

	Democtratic Rep. of Congo

Denmark Denmark Ecuador Ecuador Egypt Egypt

	El Salvador

Estonia Estonia Ethiopia European Community (cannot count toward entry into force) Finland Finland France France Gambia Germany Germany Ghana Greece Greece


Hungary Hungary


Indonesia Indonesia


Ireland Ireland


Italy Italy


Jordan Jordan Kenya Kuwait Kuwait Latvia Latvia


Lesotho Liberia Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Luxembourg Macedonia


Malaysia Malaysia


Malta Mauritius Mauritius


Moldova Monaco Monaco Montenegro Morocco


Netherlands Netherlands

	New Zealand

Nigeria Nigeria Norway Norway Oman Oman


Panama Panama


Paraguay Poland Poland Portugal Portugal Qatar

	Republic of Korea

Romania Romania

	Russian Federation
	St. Kitt and Nevis

Saint Lucia Saint Lucia Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia


Serbia Slovakia Slovakia Slovenia Slovenia

	South Africa

Spain Spain Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Sweden Sweden Switzerland Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Syrian Arab Republic Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkey

	United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland United Republic of Tanzania United Republic of Tanzania Uraguay Uraguay


Zambia Zambia 75 total ratifications 51 total (of 87) Yellow = the 51 already counting toward the 66 needed for entry into force thus 15 more needed

Basel Ban Implementation

The Basel Ban Amendment requires countries that are member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) or of the European Union (EU), or Liechtenstein (Annex VII countries) to prohibit the export of hazardous wastes for any reason to non-Annex VII countries. There are currently 41 Annex VII countries. In terms of national implementation (as opposed to global entry into force) these are the important countries to ensure on the ground implementation. We are happy to report that of these countries a full 35 of them have ratified or placed within their national law, active text to implement decision III/1.

For a country by country status report, see Country Status table.

Annex VII Countries

Highlight in Green indicates Ratification or Implementation of Basel Ban Nationally

Australia Liechtenstein Austria Lithuania Belgium Luxembourg Bulgaria Malta Canada Mexico Chile Netherlands Cyprus New Zealand Czech Republic Norway Denmark Poland Estonia Portugal Finland Romania France Slovak Republic Germany Slovenia Greece South Korea Hungary Spain Iceland Sweden Ireland Switzerland Israel Turkey Italy United Kingdom Japan United States (not Party to Basel) Latvia Total Ratified or Implemented 35 Total not Ratified or Implemented 6