Switzerland welcomes results of waste conference

Switzerland has welcomed the results of an international conference on the disposal of dangerous waste which ended in Indonesia on Friday.

This content was published on June 27, 2008

Among the agreements reached was a decision to increase cooperation between three Geneva-based international organisations working to prevent pollution caused by the dumping of chemical and hazardous waste.

The Swiss Environment Office said this had been one of the targets of the Swiss delegation.

The head of the Swiss delegation, Franz Perrez, told the Swiss news agency that he was "satisfied, or even enthusiastic" about the result. He said the creation of "synergies" between the three organisations would "revitalise" the Basel Convention on the transborder movement of hazardous waste.

However, many delegates expressed great disappointment that the meeting had failed to agree that the export of toxic waste to developing countries should be banned.

Such a ban was strongly supported by African countries, and Switzerland, like the European Union, already observes it, but it was opposed by the United States, Japan, Canada and India. They maintained that this ban would stifle recycling industries in the developing world.

Switzerland and Indonesia proposed holding an informal meeting next year to tackle the problem again.

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

Discover our weekly must-reads for free!

Sign up to get our top stories straight into your mailbox.

The SBC Privacy Policy provides additional information on how your data is processed.