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The 1992 Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents is designed to protect people and the environment against industrial accidents. The Convention aims to prevent accidents from occurring, or to reduce their frequency and severity and to mitigate their effects if required. The Convention also promotes active international cooperation between countries, before, during and after an industrial accident.

The Convention helps its Parties to prevent industrial accidents that can have transboundary effects and to prepare for, and respond to, accidents if they occur. The Convention also encourages its Parties to help each other in the event of an accident, to cooperate on research and development, and to share information and technology. Read more ...

The Convention was adopted in Helsinki on 17 March 1992 and entered into force on 19 April 2000. The Conference of the Parties was constituted as the Convention's governing body at its first meeting in Brussels on 22-24 November 2000. For the current ratification status see "Parties".

The Protocol on Civil Liability for Damage and Compensation for Damage Caused by Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents on Transboundary Waters, was adopted in Kiev on 21 May 2003. The Protocol is a joint instrument to the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents and to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International lakes.

At its 3rd meeting, the Conference of the Parties adopted an Assistance Programme to support the countries from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and South Eastern Europe in implementing the Convention.


30 Apr 2014 - Table of on-going activities under the Convention is now updated

4 Feb 2014 – UNECE/MAHB survey on hazard rating methodologies and systems available in English and Russian for completion by 28 Feb 2014.

31 Jan 2014 – Deadline for the submission of implementation reports to the secretariat.

24 Jan 2014 – Final English report of the third meeting of the Working Group on Development (Geneva, 3–4 Sep 2013) now available.

7 Jan 2014 – New section on Activities on the UNECE Industrial Accidents homepage.

20 Dec 2013 – Draft Safety Guidelines and Good Industry Practices for Oil Terminals sent to partners for comments by 31 January 2014.

18 Nov 2013 – Online training "Introduction to Industrial Accidents" now also available in Russian and French (besides English).

16 Oct 2013 – Table of on-going activities under the Convention is now available.

Meetings and Events

8th meeting of Conference of Parties, Geneva, 3-5 December 2014

8th meeting of Conference of Parties, Geneva, 3-5 Dec. 2014

Can we expect the unexpected? An expert opinion, by Richard Gowland.

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