5.5 Mechanisms to give effect to international obligations

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Section 1.4 of the NWMS outlined the Republic’s international obligations and related strategic challenges. This section will build on section 1.4, providing for mechanisms to give effect to South Africa’s international obligations.

Section 6.(1)(b) of the Waste Act requires that the NWMS establish “mechanisms, systems and procedures for giving effect to the Republic's obligations in terms of relevant international agreements”. There are various international agreements that relate to the issue of waste management, and to which South Africa has acceded. There are also various conventions and protocols of a non-binding nature that are nevertheless relevant to the issue of waste management. The main actions in relation to implementation of the international agreements relevant to the NWMS are summarised below.