Waste Management and
Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)

Hari Srinivas
Policy Analysis Series E-039. June 2015

Waste is an underlying theme in many multilateral environmental agreements, seeking justification for concerted local action, or broad global consensus. As in the 'mother-of-all-MEAs' - Agenda 21 - MEAs seek to tackle the issue of waste either directly, through the Basel, Rotterdam or Stockholm conventions, or by integrating into larger environmental issues such as Local Agenda 21 or decision-making processes.

This GDRC output is a part of its research programmes on urban environmental management, and seeks to contenxtualize and target waste action.

Basel Conventiion
Secretariat of the Basel Convention:
International Environment House
15 chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
Tel. (41 22) 917 82 18
Fax (41 22) 797 34 54
E-mail sbc@unep.ch
Website www.basel.int
Rotterdam Convention
Interim Secretariat of the
Rotterdam Convention:
UNEP Chemicals
United Nations Environment Programme
International Environment House
11-13 chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
Tel. (41 22) 917 81 11
Fax (41 22) 797 34 60
E-mail pic@unep.ch
Web www.pic.int
Stockholm Convention
Interim Secretariat of the
Stockholm Convention:
11-13, Chemin des Anémones
1219 Châtelaine, Switzerland
Tel.: +41 (0)22 917 8271
Fax: +41 (0)22 917 8098
E-mail brs@brsmeas.org
Website http://www.pops.int/

In practice however waste is truly a local issue that has to be dealt with on a daily basis. And this is where many of the local environmental agreements that are functioning at the local level are also relevant to waste management. Of particular relevance are three such tools: Local Agenda 21, Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). However none of these agreements actually deal with waste directly - indeed these agreements will have to be adopted to deal with issues related to Waste Management.

Check on some of the resources that GDRC has collated:
Go to
Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)
GDRC's MEA Repository

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Urban Waste

Contact: Hari Srinivas - hsrinivas@gdrc.org