Oslo Commission (OSCOM)

Commission d'Oslo

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to administer the Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft (Oslo Convention), adopted 15 Feb 1972, Oslo (Norway), and entered into force 6 Apr 1974. Sister organization, Paris Commission (PARCOM), administered the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Land-based Sources (Paris Convention), adopted 4 June 1974, Paris (France), and entered into force 6 May 1978. OSCOM ceased to exist on entry into force, 25 Mar 1998, of the Convention for the Protection on the Marine Environment for the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention), adopted 22 Sep 1992, Paris, replacing Oslo and Paris Conventions and administered by OSPAR Commission for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Commission).


Supervise the implementation of Oslo Convention, i e take all possible steps to prevent pollution of the sea by prohibiting dumping of harmful substances from ships and aircraft and providing for a system of permits and approvals for the dumping of other substances.

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Annual Commission meetings (inter-governmental). Regulates dumping and incineration operations in the North-East Atlantic through test procedures, prior consultation procedure and codes of practice.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 21 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 28 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 13 countries
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Subjects *

  • Oceanography
    • Seas
  • Transportation, Telecommunications
    • Vessels
    • Aviation
  • Commerce
    • Conditions of Trade
  • Societal Problems
    • Hazards
    • Pollution

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 14: Life Below Water



Last News Received

29. May 1998
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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