Remarks by Ambassador of Indonesia at High Level Dialogue, ICCM-3


Remarks by
H.E. Sunu M. Soemarno
Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to UNEP
at the High-Level Dialogue of
the 3rd International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3)
Nairobi, 20 September 2012

Thank you Madame President,

Good afternoon,
Distinguished Delegates,
Let me begin by saying that the morning session had been interesting and informative, which attests to the usefulness of this forum. I would also like to congratulate you, Madame President, for the excellent manner with which you have conducted this Dialogue.

Indonesia supports SAICM’s endeavours to achieve, by 2020, the production and use of chemicals in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health. Indeed, Indonesia has continuously updated national regulations to be in line with developments under all chemicals and waste conventions.
Our development plans incorporate the principles of sustainable development, ensuring a balance between economic development, social development, and environmental protection.
Indonesia has began to create mechanisms for health and chemicals management as early as 2001. In 2010, the Government launched a National Implementation Plan on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Currently, we are developing a national action plan to eliminate the use of mercury in small-scale gold mining, in anticipation of the finalization of a legally binding instrument on mercury by 2013.
Since the use and impact of chemicals are cross sectoral in nature, implementing national development plans has been based on a multi-stakeholder process, such as on the joint monitoring of importation of chemicals through an integrated Indonesia National Single Window (INSW).
This multi-stakeholder approach is similarly important to strengthen international, regional and national capacity in minimizing the adverse impact of chemicals, and to ensure that all stakeholders are kept abreast of all relevant developments. Hence, such inclusive approach needs to be continued in the implementation of SAICM and, wherever possible, strengthened and expanded.
In that regard, we welcome more relevant discourses on health, with a view to strengthen capacity, of all stakeholders and at all levels, toward realizing our common goal. More robust and transparent exchanges on scientific studies will also be helpful in that regard.
Indonesia welcomes efforts to synergize the Basel-Stockholm-Rotterdam regimes. Guidance given by this ICCM, as the overarching forum on chemical and waste, would enhance the success of this effort. Perhaps SAICM could play a greater role in this regard.

We need to ensure that all countries have the necessary capacities to bear the various adjustment measures needed. We need to jointly find a way to facilitate countries in that regard with a mechanism that is adequate to the task and is more “user-friendly.”
As the Executive Director stated in his opening remarks, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the UNEP and the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. These milestones serve as a reminder on the importance of maintaining close partnership between developing and developed countries, and ensuring that all countries have not only the necessary commitment but also the capacity to achieve sound chemicals management. Only by such partnership, we would be able to reach our goals by 2020.

Thank you, Madame President.