International Management of Hazardous Wastes: The Basel Convention and Related Legal Rules

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Appendix VI
Agreement of Co-operation Between the United States of America and the United Mexican States Regarding the Transboundary Shipments of Hazardous Wastes and Hazardous Substances (12 November 1986)

PREAMBLE

The Government of the United States of America ('the United States'), and the Government of the United Mexican States (' Mexico'), ('the Parties'),

Recognizing that health and environmental damage may result from improper activities associated with hazardous waste;

Realizing the potential risks to public health, property and the environment associated with hazardous substances;

Seeking to ensure that activities associated with the transboundary shipment of hazardous waste are conducted so as to reduce or prevent the risks to public health, property and environmental quality, by effectively cooperating in regard to their export and import;

Seeking also to safeguard the quality of public health, property and environment from unreasonable risks by effectively regulating the export and import of hazardous substances;

Considering that transboundary shipments of hazardous waste and hazardous substances between the Parties, if carried out illegally and thus without the supervision and control of the competent authorities, or if improperly managed could endanger the public health, property and environment, particularly in the United States/ Mexico border area;

Recognizing that the close trading relationship and the long common border between the Parties make it necessary to cooperate regarding transboundary shipments of hazardous waste and hazardous substances without unreasonably affecting the trade of goods and services;

Reaffirming Principle 21 of the 1972 Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, adopted at Stockholm, which provides that States have, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, the sovereign right to exploit their own resources pursuant to their own environmental policies and the responsibility to ensure that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to the environment of other States or of areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction;

Recognizing that Article 3 of the Agreement between the Parties on Cooperation for the Protection and Improvement of the Environment in the Border Area of 1983 provides that the Parties may conclude specific arrangements for the solution of common problems in the border area as annexes to that Agreement;

Have agreed as follows:

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