Taking measures for environmentally sound disposal of hazardous waste in developing countries
Agenda 21 recommends: (a) encouraging self-sufficiency in hazardous waste disposal in the country of origin to the extent environmentally sound and feasible. The transboundary movements that take place should be based on environmental and economic grounds and upon agreements between all states concerned; (b) supporting capacity-building and technological development and research in developing countries in connection with human resource development related to hazardous waste, with particular support being given to consolidate the networks.
This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.
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