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Paragraphs in "Convention On The Control Of Transboundary Movements Of Hazardous Wastes And Their Disposal" coded as SECF

Label Provision
Art.3 Article 3
Art.3.1 1. Each Party shall, within six months of becoming a Party to this Convention, inform the Secretariat of the Convention of the wastes, other than those listed in Annexes I and II, considered or defined as hazardous under its national legislation and of any requirements concerning transboundary movement procedures applicable to such wastes.
Art.3.2 2. Each Party shall subsequently inform the Secretariat of any significant changes to the information it has provided pursuant to paragraph 1.
Art.3.3 3. The Secretariat shall forthwith inform all Parties of the information it has received pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2.
Art.3.4 4. Parties shall be responsible for making the information transmitted to them by the Secretariat under paragraph 3 available to their exporters.
Art.16 Article 16
Art.16.1 1. The functions of the Secretariat shall be:
Art.16.1.a (a) To arrange for and service meetings provided for in Articles 15 and 17;
Art.16.1.b (b) To prepare and transmit reports based upon information received in accordance with Articles 3, 4, 6, 11 and 13 as well as upon information derived from meetings of subsidiary bodies established under Article 15 as well as upon, as appropriate, information provided by relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental entities;
Art.16.1.c (c) To prepare reports on its activities carried out in implementation of its functions under this Convention and present them to the Conference of the Parties;
Art.16.1.d (d) To ensure the necessary coordination with relevant international bodies, and in particular to enter into such administrative and contractual arrangements as may be required for the effective discharge of its function;
Art.16.1.e (e) To communicate with Focal Points and Competent Authorities established by the Parties in accordance with Article 5 of this Convention;
Art.16.1.f (f) To compile information concerning authorized national sites and facilities of Parties available for the disposal of their hazardous wastes and other wastes and to circulate this information among Parties;
Art.16.1.g (g) To receive and convey information from and to Parties on:
Art.16.1.g.ix - sources of technical assistance and training;
Art.16.1.g.iix - available technical and scientific know-how;
Art.16.1.g.iiix - sources of advice and expertise; and
Art.16.1.g.ivx with a view to assisting them, upon request, in such areas as:
Art.16.1.g.vx - the handling of the notification system of this Convention;
Art.16.1.g.vix - the management of hazardous wastes and other wastes;
Art.16.1.g.viix - environmentally sound technologies relating to hazardous wastes and other wastes; such as low- and non-waste technology;
Art.16.1.g.viiix - the assessment of disposal capabilities and sites;
Art.16.1.g.ixx - the monitoring of hazardous wastes and other wastes; and
Art.16.1.g.xx - emergency responses;
Art.16.1.h (h) To provide Parties, upon request, with information on consultants or consulting firms having the necessary technical competence in the field, which can assist them to examine a notification for a transboundary movement, the concurrence of a shipment of hazardous wastes or other wastes with the relevant notification, and/or the fact that the proposed disposal facilities for hazardous wastes or other wastes are environmentally sound, when they have reason to believe that the wastes in question will not be managed in an environmentally sound manner. Any such examination would not be at the expense of the Secretariat;
Art.16.1.i (i) To assist Parties upon request in their identification of cases of illegal traffic and to circulate immediately to the Parties concerned any information it has received regarding illegal traffic;
Art.16.1.j (j) To co-operate with Parties and with relevant and competent international organizations and agencies in the provision of experts and equipment for the purpose of rapid assistance to States in the event of an emergency situation; and
Art.16.1.k (k) To perform such other functions relevant to the purposes of this Convention as may be determined by the Conference of the Parties.
Art.16.2 2. The Secretariat functions will be carried out on an interim basis by UNEP until the completion of the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties held pursuant to Article 15.
Art.16.3 3. At its first meeting, the Conference of the Parties shall designate the Secretariat from among those existing competent intergovernmental organizations which have signified their willingness to carry out the Secretariat functions under this Convention. At this meeting, the Conference of the Parties shall also evaluate the implementation by the interim Secretariat of the functions assigned to it, in particular under paragraph 1 above, and decide upon the structures appropriate for those functions.
Art.17 Article 17
Art.17.1 1. Any Party may propose amendments to this Convention and any Party to a protocol may propose amendments to that protocol. Such amendments shall take due account, inter alia, of relevant scientific and technical considerations.
Art.17.2 2. Amendments to this Convention shall be adopted at a meeting of the Conference of the Parties. Amendments to any protocol shall be adopted at a meeting of the Parties to the protocol in question. The text of any proposed amendment to this Convention or to any protocol, except as may otherwise be provided in such protocol, shall be communicated to the Parties by the Secretariat at least six months before the meeting at which it is proposed for adoption. The Secretariat shall also communicate proposed amendments to the Signatories to this Convention for information.
Art.17.3 3. The Parties shall make every effort to reach agreement on any proposed amendment to this Convention by consensus. If all efforts at consensus have been exhausted, and no agreement reached, the amendment shall as a last resort be adopted by a three-fourths majority of the Parties present and voting at the meeting, and shall be submitted by the Depositary to all Parties for ratification, approval, formal confirmation or acceptance.
Art.17.4 4. The procedure mentioned in paragraph 3 above shall apply to amendments to any protocol, except that a two-thirds majority of the Parties to that protocol present and voting at the meeting shall suffice for their adoption.
Art.17.5 5. Instruments of ratification, approval, formal confirmation or acceptance of amendments shall be deposited with the Depositary. Amendments adopted in accordance with paragraphs 3 or 4 above shall enter into force between Parties having accepted them on the ninetieth day after the receipt by the Depositary of their instrument of ratification, approval, formal confirmation or acceptance by at least three-fourths of the Parties who accepted them or by at least two thirds of the Parties to the protocol concerned who accepted them, except as may otherwise be provided in such protocol. The amendments shall enter into force for any other Party on the ninetieth day after that Party deposits its instrument of ratification, approval, formal confirmation or acceptance of the amendments.
Art.17.6 6. For the purpose of this Article, "Parties present and voting" means Parties present and casting an affirmative or negative vote.
Art.19 Article 19
Art.19.1x Any Party which has reason to believe that another Party is acting or has acted in breach of its obligations under this Convention may inform the Secretariat thereof, and in such an event, shall simultaneously and immediately inform, directly or through the Secretariat, the Party against whom the allegations are made. All relevant information should be submitted by the Secretariat to the Parties.
Art.20 Article 20
Art.20.1 1. In case of a dispute between Parties as to the interpretation or application of, or compliance with, this Convention or any protocol thereto, they shall seek a settlement of the dispute through negotiation or any other peaceful means of their own choice.
Art.20.2 2. If the Parties concerned cannot settle their dispute through the means mentioned in the preceding paragraph, the dispute, if the Parties to the dispute agree, shall be submitted to the International Court of Justice or to arbitration under the conditions set out in Annex VI on Arbitration. However, failure to reach common agreement on submission of the dispute to the International Court of Justice or to arbitration shall not absolve the Parties from the responsibility of continuing to seek to resolve it by the means referred to in paragraph 1.
Art.20.3 3. When ratifying, accepting, approving, formally confirming or acceding to this Convention, or at any time thereafter, a State or political and/or economic integration organization may declare that it recognizes as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any Party accepting the same obligation:
Art.20.3.a (a) submission of the dispute to the International Court of Justice; and/or
Art.20.3.b (b) arbitration in accordance with the procedures set out in Annex VI.
Art.20.3.cx Such declaration shall be notified in writing to the Secretariat which shall communicate it to the Parties.