Rotterdam Convention

  • Formally called : Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade
  • It is a multilateral Treaty
  • It is a UN Treaty
  • Opened for signature in 1998
  • Became effective in 2004
  • Signatories : 72
  • Parties : 155
  • Aims to promote shared responsibilities in relation to importation of hazardous chemicals.
  • What it does?
    • The convention promotes open exchange of information between importers-exporters of hazardous chemicals.
    • Calls on exporters of hazardous chemicals to use proper labelling, include directions on safe handling, and inform purchasers of any known restrictions or bans.
    • Signatory nations can decide whether to allow or ban the importation of chemicals listed in the treaty
    • Exporting countries are obliged to make sure that producers within their jurisdiction comply.
  • Convention has a list of substances which can change and evolve over time

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