B3.6.4 The Waigani Convention


The Convention to Ban the Importation into Forum Island Countries of Hazardous and Radioactive Wastes and to Control the Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within the South Pacific Region opened for signature in Waigani, Papua New Guinea in 1995 and entered into force in 2001. 


The Waigani Convention (1995) is an agreement that came into force in 2001 to ban the importation of hazardous and radioactive wastes into Forum Island Countries and to control the transboundary movement and management of hazardous wastes within the South Pacific Region.


The aim of this treaty is to prohibit each Pacific Island that is a party to the convention, from importing all hazardous and radioactive wastes from outside of the convention area. Australia and New Zealand are prohibited from exporting hazardous or radioactive wastes to all other South Pacific Forum Island countries.


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