United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Spain

Mr Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Delegates,
Spain as the Strategic Approach on International Chemical
Management (SAICM) Bureau member of the WEOG region, would
like to welcome the decision of the Commission on Sustainable
Development for including the thematic focus on chemicals matters in
2010-2011 cycle and its support to consider chemicals in relation to
sustainable development.
Mr. Chairman, let me first make a reference to the successful outcome
of the Extraordinary Conference of the Parties of Basel, Rotterdam
and Stockholm conventions in Bali, February this year. The ExCOP
has marked the beginning of a synergistic approach among the
chemical conventions showing us a very positive way to improve the
effectiveness of multilateral environmental agreements and processes.
We consider this CSD meeting is an opportunity to progress in
fostering synergies.
Mr. Chairman, the second session of the International Conference on
Chemicals Management held in May 2009 adopted Resolution II/7
which underlines the importance of the sound chemical management
for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and invites
this CSD session to highlight it, including stressing the need to
mainstream chemical management in development strategies and
assistance efforts.
In addition, we would like to emphasize the need for a change in
approach to chemicals management.

The Sound Management of Chemicals is still designed in isolation from
broader development objectives in many countries and has no
significant relevance in the decision making processes at national level.
However, strengthening the links between chemicals management and
central decision making processes is as a way to also secure financial
and technical capacity for the Sound Management of Chemicals at
national level.
Chemicals management policies should be integrated into the
development strategies. The Sound Management of Chemicals,
currently identified as part of the environment and health protection
strategies, should be reflected in other sectoral strategies and
interlinked with major development priorities, involving both public
and private sectors.
Mainstreaming chemical management in development strategies
implies coordination of interventions and presents benefits not only in
terms of environment and health but also in economic terms, showing
the links of the Sound Management of Chemicals with the Millennium
Development Goals and the poverty reduction.
Finally Mr. Chairman, I would like to draw the attention of this
meeting to the current and ever changing social needs in relation to
chemicals and the importance of having early resorts to address
emerging issues and of developing safer alternative products and
processes. In this regard, we welcome that the second session of the
International Conference on Chemicals Management adopted

Resolution II/4 to deal with four ?Emerging policy issues? (lead in
paints, chemicals in products, hazardous substances within the life
cycle of electrical and electronic products and nanotechnologies y
manufactured nanomaterials) and Resolution II/5 to address the
management of perfluorinated chemicals and the transition to safer
alternatives.
Thank you all for your attention.
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