United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Madam Chair,
As the Secretary-General?s report stated and panelists eloquently elaborated, it is evident
that chemicals have become an important part of modern life. The challenges we are
facing are how to ensure that chemicals are soundly and safely managed.
The Agenda 21 and Johannesburg Plan of Implementation as well as the 17 different
multilateral agreements prove that the international community is committed to the
sound chemicals management.
What is pressing now is to make the agreements on chemical fully implemented and
understandable to all relevant agencies, and bodies, at national, regional and global level,
and ensure that it can be supportive towards sustainable development.
Madam Chair,
There are some issues that CSD-18 should take into consideration:
1. The lack of institutional and technical capacity has been a major obstacle in effective
chemical management, particularly in developing countries. In mainstreaming sound
management of chemicals into the national development plan, capacity building,
technology transfer, and sharing of best environmental practices are therefore
2. Financing for chemical management has also been inadequate. We appreciate
initiatives such as the Quick Start Programme which has provided resources for
chemical management. Such mechanism should be further developed into a more
permanent funding mechanism. We should also seek other alternative financing
mechanism including through public-private partnership.
3. In implementing sound chemical management, we call on countries, particularly
developed countries to consider its spill over effect. Chemical management should
not result in unwarranted restrictions or barriers to trade. This is important as trade
in chemical is increasingly becoming important for developing countries. In the case
of Indonesia our trade in chemicals showed an increasing trend where in 2007 it was
14,065 ton, 2008 was 35,802, before slightly decreasing in 2009 to 26,494 ton.
4. It is therefore important to ensure that the global chemical management meets the
three pillars of sustainable development, as well as taking into account the need of
developing country to fulfill its economic growth. It should also be built on the basis
of the Rio Principle # 7, ?common but differentiated responsibilities?.
Madam Chair,
5. In order to strengthen the impact of chemical management, the Government of
Indonesia enacted Law No. 32/2009 on Protection and Environmental Management
replacing the old Environmental Law. Indonesia is also actively involved in
development of Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM).
6. As part of our continuing effort to facilitate effective and efficient global chemical and
waste management, Indonesia had the honour to host the Extraordinary Conference
of the Parties (ExCOP) to the Basel, Stockholm, and Rotterdam Convention in Nusa
Dua, Bali, 22-24 February 2010.
7. As the largest archipelagic country, Indonesia continues to be vulnerable to illegal
trafficking of chemical and illegal transboundary movement of hazardous wastes. We
are undertaking actions to address these challenges, including through strengthening
international cooperation related to chemical management, including wastes
Thank you