United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Italy

Delivered by Mr. Paolo Soprano ? Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea
Italy aligns itself with the statement made by the European Union on behalf of its
Member States and would like to highlight some further aspects linked to the best
innovative practices at National level.
We appreciate the presentation made by distinguished panelist but would like to
refer to the presentation made yesterday and warmly thank for the many
references made by the distinguished panelists on the best practices in waste
management carried out in Italy aimed at achieving zero waste targets. Indeed,
there are wide areas in my country populated by millions of citizens where very high
standards of reducing reusing and recycling of waste have been already achieved.
Furthermore, Italy is also very active in the implementation of international agreed
strategies on waste management, included inter alia the 3R Initiative promoted by
Japan upon the 2008 G8 mandate, and the UNEP Panel on sustainable resource
management.
But, Mr Chairman, I would like also to assure all distinguished delegates of Member
States and stakeholder groups that Italy is thoroughly keeping into consideration the
EU and international relevant norms and regulations when planning waste
treatment plants, and in particular for hazardous and solid waste treatment.
As in most democracies, in Italy the process of decision making envisages an open
dialogue with main local and national stakeholders. Nonetheless every decision
follows a procedure which entails a strict environmental impact assessment
analyzing the impacts on the local environment and on the quality of life for
individuals living in the premises.
Regarding the impacts of waste treatment plants on the quality of local food
products, Italy wishes to highlight that all environmental and health threats have
been considered. Furthermore the city of Parma, that yesterday has been quoted,
has been chose for hosting the European Food Safety Authority which is the
keystone of European Union risk assessment regarding food and feed safety. In close
collaboration with national authorities and in open consultation with its
stakeholders, EFSA provides independent scientific advice and clear communication
on existing and emerging risks.
Mr Chair, no country is unaffected by problems in terms of environmental pollution
and this is why we decided to establish at the UN the Commission on SD.
Furthermore, I would like to underline how negative comparisons can result in
unjustified alarm and do not favor decision making processes in intergovernmental
multilateral bodies.
Thank you.
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