United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

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Statement by Mr. Masaya Sagawa
Delegation of Japan
SIDS
Inter-governmental Preparatory Meeting
19th Session of the Commission of Sustainable Development
28 February 2011
Thank you, Mr. Chairman,
I would also like to thank the three panelists for their presentations.
Waste management is the serious challenge SIDS face in view of population increase
and change of consumption patterns. SIDS are suffering from various negative impacts
including on health, fisheries and tourism. The capacity building in SIDS is urgently
needed and international partnership should be further enhanced in this regard.
Mr. Chairman,
In April 2009, at the 5 th Japan- Pacific Island Forum Summit (PALM 5) in Hokkaido,
Japan, the leaders in the Pacific recognized the importance of 3R (reduce, reuse and
recycle) for promoting efficient use of resources and materials and for minimizing
environmental impacts along the entire product life cycle. They are also committed to
pursuing collaborative efforts in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Strategy
for the Pacific Region and its Action Plan.
In May 2010, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has successfully
concluded its four year regional waste management project in Samoa, which was
designed to strengthen the implementation of the Pacific Regional Solid Waste
Management Strategy, together with SPREP (Pacific Regional Environment
Programme) as partner organization of the project. Currently JICA is cooperating with
the Government of Fiji in implementing ?Waste Minimization and Recycling Promotion
Project,? which introduced a new interpretation of 3R concept for SIDS by adding
another R for ?Return for recycle?.
Mr. Chairman,
Japan is also active in promoting 3R in the Caribbean countries. Last September, at the
2nd Japan-CARICOM Ministerial-level Conference in Tokyo, the Foreign Ministers
discussed the importance of realizing a recycling-based society and expressed their will
to cooperate in promoting 3R. At the same meeting, Japan announced its intention to
transfer Japan?s technology in this field under the framework of ?Japan -CARICOM
Partnership Programme? and willingness to work with the Caribbean Environmental
Health Institute (CEHI) in a joint capacity building program which includes dispatching
Japanese experts to the Caribbean countries.
Mr. Chairman,
Waste management will remain one of the priority areas in Japan?s assistance to SIDS.
As Prime Minister Naoto Kan said last September at the High Level Review Meeting of
MSI (Mauritius Strategy of Implementation), ?Japan will continue to be a firm supporter
of all small island developing States.?
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
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