The Convention to Ban the importation into Forum Island Countries of Hazardous and Readioactive Wastes and to Control the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous wastes within the South Pacific Region, known also as Waigaini Convention, entered into force the 21st October 2001. It represents the Regional implementation of the international regime for controlling the transboundary movement of hazardous wastes . Art.13 of the Convention entrust the role of Secretariat of the Convention to SPREP. As such SPREP is responsible for carrying out several functions, as:
arrange and service the meetings of the Parties to the Convention (held every two years in conjunction with the Sprep meetings and the Noumea Convention COP); prepare and transmit reports and information to the Parties; ensure co-ordination with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention; support the implementation of the Convention by compiling the necessary information on the disposal/movement of the hazardous wastes; assist in identify and inform about cases of illegal traffic; supply the Parties with scientific and technical support.
Information about the Convention can be found above.