United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Thank you Mr. Co-Chair
Thailand wishes to thank the panelists for their contributions and would like to align our
statements with the Group of 77 and China.
Thailand has actively taken chemical issues and considers the health and environmental
concerns that they pose as a high priority for action. The country has been implementing
the 3rd National Strategic Plan on Chemical Management, which aims to develop a
system for sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle that is inline with
the Rio Declaration and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. The Thai Government
has also taken efforts to effectively implement chemical-related conventions and
supports synergy, wherever possible.
In moving towards zero waste, Thailand has been implementing several key policies on
integrated waste management, including
· Applying the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle or 3Rs principle by promoting recycling
businesses, creating tax incentives for using recycled materials in production
process, and promoting recycling markets at community level;
· Promoting waste to energy program to utilize organic and agricultural waste;
· Promoting cleaner production and technology to minimize pollution and waste from
the production lines and industrial activi ties; and
· Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility and Public-Private Partnership
initiatives, such as a Waste Exchange Program and a waste take-back system for
hazardous and recyclable waste materials.
The national policies also focus on capacity building of communities and municipalities
in waste management by promoting the reduction of household waste and segregation of
generated household hazardous wastes at the sources. In addition, the establishment of
centralized facilities is promoted for treatment of community hazardous waste and
infectious waste, with encouraging investment from the private sectors.
Distinguished Delegates,
Sustainable production and consumption pattern is one of the key factors in moving
towards zero waste and sound management of chemicals. Green procurement policy
should be promoted to increase the demand and creation of new markets for green
products and services. The use of incentive and financial instrument is also an important
tool to encourage the change in consumption behavior as well as to create a sustainable
financial mechanism for chemicals and waste management.
The CSD-19 outcomes can provide the important policy options and actions for further
achieving sustainable chemicals and waste management. Thailand would like to take this
opportunity to reaffirm our commitment in continuing to work closely with the
international community for sound chemicals and waste management in paving towards
sustainable future.
Thank you.