United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Brazil

Madame Chair,
Distinguished delegates,
Brazil associates itself to the statements made by Tanzania on behalf of the G-
77/China and the delegates of Argentina and Uruguay.
The Report of the UN Secretary General on Chemicals (E/CN.17/2010/5)
acknowledges the lack of resources for the integrated management of
chemicals and hazardous wastes and the inadequacy of voluntary
contributions to meet the demands for a proper management of these
substances, particularly in developing countries. The Basel, Rotterdam and
Stockholm Conventions have difficulties in their implementation on the ground due
to funding mechanisms based on voluntary schemes, which have greatly hindered
their specific goals.
Additional and predictable resource flows and technology transfers under
the aegis of the Rio Principles, especially the "common but differentiated
responsibilities", are essential for the full implementation of these
conventions.
In Bali, during the simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the
Parties to the Basel Convention, Rotterdam and Stockholm (ExCOPs), Parties
have taken decisions in order to improve cooperation and coordination among
these Conventions at programmatic and administrative levels without neither
jeopardizing their autonomy and individual integrity nor transferring to
developing countries additional financial burdens. Moreover, the concept of
synergy became dependent on the objective of full and balanced implementation of
each of these Conventions.
Madame Chair,
SAICM also lacks adequate resources for its implementation and problems
persist with the "Quick Start Programme? (QSP) as the limit of projects by country,
the limit of funds for each project and the range limit of action (training) as well as
the short duration of that initiative (until 2013). Until 2009, the Quick Start
Programme has raised only $ 24 of the 50 million expected, due in part to the small
donor base.
SAICM could have more flexible rules in order to allow the presentation of
new projects by the countries that have already successfully implemented
one, to increase the rate of approval of projects submitted by civil society
and to increase the total amount of funds for each project.
In SAICM, we would also emphasize the importance of deepening the efforts
of integration in the area of Health, in particular with WHO, aiming to the
sound management of chemicals and hazardous wastes. In this context,
during the Latin America and Caribbean regional meeting on SAICM, held in
Kingston, Jamaica, the delegates expressed their interest in the designation of
focal points of the health sector to promote this commitment.
In Kingston, regional delegates also decided to refer to members of the WHO
Executive Board their concerns with the proposal to adopt, this May, during the
63rd session of the World Health Assembly, a paragraph in the proposed strategy
for chemicals that seek economic benefits for the recovery, recycling and reuse of
obsolete chemicals (document EB126.R13). They also expressed their interest in
making reference to the historical reasons for the accumulation of stocks of
obsolete pesticides found today in many developing countries.
Regarding the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of
Chemicals (GHS), Brazil has made steady progress in the targets set for the
inventory model and the model for national implementation. Our experience is at
the disposal of the Parties.
Madame Chair,
With regard to mercury, Brazil highlights the importance of sharing a vision of
cooperation in the intergovernmental negotiation of a legally binding
instrument on mercury, starting this June, in Stockholm. We will work with that
spirit.
It is essential to build together an efficient instrument with strong financial and
implementation mechanisms, especially taking into account the differentiated
needs of developing countries. Therefore, it is necessary to proceed by
consensus, which has already been widely recognized.
Thank you.
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