United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Japan

Statement by Mr. Makoto TSUKIJI
Delegation of Japan
Waste Management
Inter-governmental Preparatory Meeting
19th Session of the Commission of Sustainable Development
2 March 2011
Thank you, Mr. Chairman,
I would also like to thank the three panelists for their presentations.
Waste management needs to become central to policy making at the national level, and
governments should formulate national waste management strategies.
?The national strategy should define the principle of waste treatment so that the 3Rs,
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, have priority and so that the remaining waste be disposed
properly when the 3Rs are not possible.
?The strategy should set indicators and numerical targets to evaluate the implementation
of the 3Rs. .
Mr. Chairman,
Governments should further enhance national legislation to promote the 3Rs and the
proper treatment of waste.
The types of goods and materials for recycling should also be expanded. The promotion
of the 3Rs and the proper treatment of waste should effectively contribute to the
management of transboundary movement of hazardous waste, which is the ultimate aim
of the Basel Convention
Mr. Chairman,
It is important to build partnerships among and between various stakeholders such as
governments, municipalities, public waste utilities, international organizations, donor
agencies, private sectors, local communities, NGOs, and experts to improve waste
management in developing countries.
Japan hosted a CSD intersessional conference in March 2010 to provide input for the
discussions on waste management for CSD 18, which was held in May, 2010.
In addition, Japan recently hosted the ?CSD Intersessional Conference on Building
Partnership for Moving towards Zero Waste? (1) in Tokyo from February 16 to 18, 2011
together with the co-organizers, United Nations Department of Economic and Social
Affair (UN-DESA) and the United Nations Centre for Regional Development
(UNCRD) to provide input for CSD 19.
The participants gathered at this meeting unanimously endorsed the establishment of the
?International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local
Authorities (IPLA)? (2) to be launched during CSD19 in May 2011. We expect many
relevant stakeholders to join the IPLA.
Mr. Chairman,
Following a proposal made by Japan, the Regional 3R Forum in Asia (3) was established
as the platform for cooperation for promotion of 3Rs among all parties and stakeholders
concerned. Policy dialogues on the 3Rs, cooperation among countries and organizations
to implement 3R projects, sharing of best practices, tools, technologies, and policy
instruments have been accelerated through this Forum since then.
We would like to further develop the Forum and to build linkages between the Forums
and processes.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
(1)
The Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), the United Nations Department of
Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the United Nations Centre for Regional
Development (UNCRD) have jointly organized the ?CSD-19 Intersessional Conference
on Building Partnerships for Moving towards Zero Waste? from February 16 to 18,
2011 in Tokyo. The meeting was attended by approximately 180 participants including
representatives of local and national governments, public waste utilities (PWUs), the
private sector, academia, NGOs, and international resource persons from 50 countries.
In this conference how to promote the partnership among parties and stakeholders for
waste management was discussed. The output of this conference is concluded as
?Chair?s Summary?. The meeting also unanimously endorsed the establishment of the
International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local
Authorities (IPLA). IPLA will be discussed further and launched at CSD19 in May
2011.
(2)
International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of
Local Authorities (IPLA)
IPLA focuses on accelerating the uptake of infrastructure and services of waste
management at local authorities in developing countries. It is a knowledge network to
communicate across national boundaries by sharing the knowledge on best practices,
technology, promotion of awareness and capacity building and finding partners and
donors for local authorities, PWU, governments, international organizations, experts,
private sectors across the world.
IPLA will focus on strengthening the cooperation among stakeholders in promoting 3Rs
and waste management stressing the relation between waste and resources.
The activity of IPLA will include the creation of Web-portals , the organization of
workshops, the holding of training and awareness activities, and pilot projects.
(3)
Japan has proposed the establishment of the ?Regional 3R Forum in Asia? as the
platform of cooperation for a wide range of stakeholders such as governments in the
Asian region, international organizations, donor agencies, private sector, research
institutes, and NGOs to promote the 3Rs in the Asian region, at the East Asia
Environment Ministerial Meeting held in Hanoi, October 2008. This proposal was
supported by the governments who participated in the Meeting. Based on this proposal,
the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, MOEJ jointly organized the ?Inaugural
Meeting of Regional 3R Forum in Asia? with the United Nations Centre for Regional
Development (UNCRD) in Tokyo, November 2009, leading to the establishment of the
Forum.
The second meeting of the Regional 3R Forum in Asia was held in Kuala Lumpur,
October 2010. The third meeting is scheduled to take place in Singapore.
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