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Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat (RAMSAR) (1971)
The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, is an intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.

Convention Covering the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972)
This convention adopts new provisions to establish a system for the collective protection of cultural and natural heritage with outstanding universal value.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (1973)
CITES is concerned with the regulation of international trade in specimens of species of wild fauna and flora.
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (1979)
The primary aim of the Convention is to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species over their entire migratory range.

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (1989)
The Basel Convention is the first global environment treaty that is concerned with the international transfer of hazardous wastes. It aims to reduce their generation, to encourage their disposal as close as possible to the generation source, and to ensure its environmentally sound management.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992)
The main objective of the Convention is to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at levels that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

Convention on Biological Diversity (1992)
The three main aims of the Convention are: i) The conservation of biological diversity; ii) The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity iii) The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources.

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (1994)
The Convention aims to promote effective action to counter desertification and to mitigate the effects of recurrent serious droughts through innovative local programmes and international partnerships.

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