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INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS AND AGREEMENTS ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Signed: 3 March 1973 
Ratified: 15 July 1975
The main objectives of this convention are the protection of endangered species prominent in international trade through appropriate trade control measures and monitoring the status of such species.  This convention has a high profile in South Africa, as well as internationally.  South Africa participated in the 1973 Washington Conference during which the convention was drafted, and ratified the convention in 1975. 

Basel Convention - Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal Ratified: May 1994 
Acceded: 5 April 1994
The main objectives of the convention are the reduction of the production of hazardous waste and the restriction of transboundary movement and disposal of such waste.  It also aims to ensure that any transboundary movement and disposal of hazardous waste, when allowed, is strictly controlled and is undertaken in an environmentally sound and responsible way. Locally, draft regulations are being prepared in an effort to control the movement of such waste. 

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Signed: June 1993 
Ratified: 2 November 1995
The aim of the CBD is to effect international cooperation in the conservation of biological diversity and to promote the sustainable use of living natural resources worldwide. It also aims to bring about the sharing of the benefits arising from the utilisation of natural resources. 

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Signed: 15 June 1993, 27 August 1997 
Ratified: 29 August 1997
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was signed by 154 governments in Rio de Janeiro during the United Nations Conference on Environment and...

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