Courtesy of the UN Environment Program
CAIRO - 27 February 2020: Egypt's Ministry of Environment has participated in the third Conference of the Parties (COP-3) to the Bamako Convention in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, which was held under the theme "From Decisions to Action: Working for Africa with a Safe Chemicals and Waste Future."
Egypt has become the 2nd Vice President to the Bureau of the Convention.
The Egyptian delegation, which took part in the conference, held from 12 to 14 February, on the behalf of Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad, reviewed the measures that Egypt has adopted with regard to the sound management of hazardous materials and waste, banning their import into Africa and controlling of their trans-boundary movement.
The delegation shed light on the national projects that Egypt is implementing in the field of e-waste, medical waste and POPs residues management in a way that copes up with the country's vision of sustainable development.
The delegation also reviewed the Environment Ministry's efforts to curb the amount of plastic materiel being used and study means of getting rid of it as well as means to encourage the use of plastic alternatives.
The Bamako Convention on the Ban of the Import into Africa and the Control of Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within Africa (Bamako Convention) is a treaty of African nations prohibiting the import into Africa of any hazardous (including radioactive) waste.
The Convention was adopted in 1991 and came into force in 1998 with the aim of protecting human and environmental health.