United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Thailand

Mr. Chairman, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
First of all, Thailand aligns with the statement made earlier by Tanzania on behalf of
G77 and China.
As we are all aware from the comprehensive review of the implementation last week
that significant progress have been made on chemicals and waste management
agenda, but much still need to be done to ensure sound chemicals and waste
management which will lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on
human health and the environment across the globe by the year 2020.
With that, we believe that the strategies for sustainable chemicals and waste
management should include, but not limited to:
1) The first and foremost strategy is that, chemicals and waste issues must be
addressed in conjunction with other development issues, particularly, education
and poverty reduction. Chemicals and waste issues must be prioritized and
integrated in the national development agenda with the consideration of health
and environmental factors, as well as social and economic factors.
2) Strengthening international cooperative efforts, as well as implementation of
relevant multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) is an important strategy
for trans-boundary issues on chemicals and waste that can not be tackled by the
effort of only one country. The issues need to be addressed using a life-cycle
approach, in an integrated and coordinated manner. The ExCOP decisions on
enhancing the synergy between the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions
in Bali early this year provides a good opportunity for us to tackle international
chemicals and waste management throughout the life-cycle.
3) Strengthening the link between the health and environment sectors is another key
strategy. Accurate information on health risk assessment and health impacts of
hazardous chemicals and waste will greatly assist in decision-making process for
effective and sustainable chemicals and waste management.
4) Partnership and cooperation from industrial and business sectors are also
important to practice Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and minimize the
health and environmental impacts of their products and services, including those
that are resulted from hazardous chemicals and waste.
5) Changing of unsustainable production and consumption behavior is required to
achieve sustainable chemicals and waste management. Green procurement policy
is one of the strategies to increase the demand and creation of new markets for
green products and services. The use of incentive and financial instrument is
another important tool to encourage the change in consumption behavior as well
as to create a sustainable financial mechanism for chemicals and waste
management.

6) Actions and cooperation at local community and individual level are also very
crucial for effective chemicals and waste management for the development of
sustainable and green society. It requires a life-long learning and individual
responsibility that should be embedded in all educational and social paradigms.
We would like to call for more efforts and cooperation from all stakeholders in
creating a sustainable financial mechanism and capacity building programme so that
developing countries are able to address chemicals and waste issues effectively.
In closing, Thailand would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment in
chemicals and waste management. We look forward to continuing to work closely
with the international community so that together we can achieve sound management
of chemicals and waste and pave the way towards the sustainable future.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman
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