United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

South Africa

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STATEMENT BY SOUTH AFRICA AT THE INTERACTIVE THEMATIC
DISCUSSIONS ON WASTE MANAGEMENT AT THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL
PREPARATORY MEETING FOR NINETEENTH SESSION OF THE
COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
New York, 02 March 2011
Thank You Mr. Chairperson,
We would like to thank the panelists for their interesting and informative
presentations.
South Africa associate itself with the views of G77 & China.
In view of the waste management challenges and barriers highlighted in the
Secretary General?s report, South Africa proposes the following:
First, the implementation of the 3Rs should be supported because waste is a
valuable resource more than just an environmental challenge. Many poor people
in developing countries depend on waste for their livelihoods. It has become
important to understand the economic opportunities that are presented by the
implementation of the 3R?s. This will require the identification and optimisation of
the economic benefits of environmentally sound management of waste at local,
regional and international level.
Secondly, Public Private Partnerships for financing waste management
infrastructure and technology should be encouraged. This, however, should not
be seen as a replacement for the need for the transfer of sustained and
predictable financing for waste management.
Thirdly, to curb the illegal trafficking of waste, exporters should comply with the
legislative framework preventing illegal trafficking of hazardous and electronic
wastes. Support for countries to adopt and implement extended producer
responsibility and develop regulatory measures to ensure take back options of
certain products that result in electronic waste is needed. This should include
strengthening of governance systems and compliance mechanisms in both
exporting and importing countries.
Finally, to address the shortage of expertise, technology and associated costs to
deal manage complex waste types; appropriate technology transfer, capacity
building and adequate funding are needed in developing countries.
I thank you
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