See also:
» 01.10.2010 - Child labour in Ivorian cocoa farms still unchecked
» 17.03.2010 - Reporter offered child slaves
» 17.02.2010 - Protest turns violent in Ivory Coast
» 21.12.2009 - Accusations of sexual abuse in Côte d’Ivoire probed
» 30.10.2009 - Security Council extends sanctions on Ivory Coast
» 09.10.2009 - UN lawyers on a study mission in Côte d'Ivoire
» 17.09.2009 - Toxic wastes caused deaths, illnesses in Côte d’Ivoire - UN expert
» 02.03.2009 - High risk alert issued after Côte d'Ivoire's prison break

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Côte d'Ivoire
Society | Environment - Nature

UN probes dumping of deadly toxic wastes Côte d’Ivoire

afrol News, 8 September - The UN's Environmental Programme (UNEP) has started investigating reports that toxic waste dumped last month around Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s biggest city, and already linked to the deaths of at least three people, may have been illegally exported from Europe.

Aside from the three reported deaths, about 3,000 others have sought medical help after inhaling fumes from the hazardous substances, stating they are suffering from intestinal and respiratory problems, as well as vomiting, nausea and nose bleeds, according to the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The exact nature of the substances have not yet been determined, but OCHA quoted "various sources" saying they were dumped at a number of sites around Abidjan – including the city’s lagoon and its sewage system - from a vessel, Probo Koala, on 19 August. Abidjan police have started localising the dumping sites for a possible clean-up operation.

Following a formal request from the Ivorian government, UNEP said it would conduct an investigation, as the UN agency oversees the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. UNEP is also probing whether the Basel Convention's trust fund can be used to help pay for the clean-up operation, which could cost more than US$ 13 million. It is further studying where legal responsibility for the crisis may lie.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said "the disaster in Abidjan is a particularly painful illustration of the human suffering caused by the illegal dumping of wastes." He warned that as global trade flows expand and tough domestic controls raise the costs of hazardous wastes disposal in developed countries, "the opportunities and incentives for illegal trafficking of wastes will continue to grow."

Under the Basel Convention, any nation exporting hazardous waste must obtain prior written permission from the importing country, as well as a permit detailing the contents and destination of the waste. If the waste has been transferred illegally, the exporter is obliged to take back the waste and pay the costs of any damages and clean-up process.

European Union (EU) laws implementing the Basel Convention also prohibit all exports of toxic wastes from a member state to a developing country. UNEP therefore indicates that legal action could be taken in Europe against the exporters of the toxic waste.

- Create an e-mail alert for Côte d'Ivoire news
- Create an e-mail alert for Society news
- Create an e-mail alert for Environment - Nature news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at