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A/CONF.167/L.6/Add.4


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4 May 1994

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Agenda item 9 (b) 
 
CONSIDERATION OF PLANS AND PROGRAMMES TO SUPPORT THE SUSTAINABLE 
DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES AND THE UTILIZATION 
OF THEIR MARINE AND COASTAL RESOURCES, WHICH INCLUDES MEETING 
ESSENTIAL HUMAN NEEDS, MAINTAINING BIODIVERSITY, AND IMPROVING 
THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ISLAND PEOPLE, AS WELL AS MEASURES THAT 
WILL ENABLE SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES TO COPE EFFECTIVELY, 
CREATIVELY AND IN A SUSTAINABLE MANNER WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES 
AND TO MITIGATE THE IMPACTS ON AND REDUCE THE THREATS POSED TO 
MARINE AND COASTAL RESOURCES: CONSIDERATION OF THE DRAFT 
PROGRAMME OF ACTION FOR THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL 
ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES 
 
Report of the Main Committee 
 
Rapporteur: Mr. Takao SHIBATA (Japan) 
 
Addendum 
 
Chapter III 
 
Management of wastes 
 
1.The Main Committee held a number of informal meetings on chapter  
III of the draft programme of action (A/CONF.167/L.1) and  
considered it at its .... meeting, on .... May. 
 
2.At the same meeting, the Committee approved the following  
amendments: 
 
(a)Paragraph 22 was amended to read as follows: 
 
"There is also growing concern about the transboundary movement of  
toxic and hazardous waste, including the use of small island  
developing States for the disposal of waste generated by other  
countries. The isolation and oceanic location of small island developing States  
and their dependence on a marine and limited terrestrial  
resource base make them highly vulnerable to contamination by  
toxic and hazardous wastes and chemicals, and radioactive  
materials. The passage of ships carrying toxic and hazardous  
wastes, chemicals and radioactive materials is of  
international concern and of priority concern to small island  
developing States. There is a need to develop and enhance the  
emergency response capacities necessary to protect marine and  
coastal environments from accidents and incidents relating to  
marine transport. Emergency response capabilities and any  
damage compensation arrangements must not impose an  
unreasonable burden on small island developing States"; 
 
(b)After section A, subparagraph (vii), a new subparagraph (viii)  
should be inserted, reading: 
 
"In conformity with the Basel Convention and relevant decisions  
taken by the parties to that Convention, small island  
developing States should formulate and enforce national laws  
and/or regulations that ban the importation from OECD  
countries of hazardous wastes and other wastes subject to the  
Basel Convention, including hazardous wastes and other wastes  
destined for recycling and recovery operations";  
 
(c)After section B, subparagraph (vi), a new subparagraph (vii)  
should be inserted, reading: 
 
"Establish, where appropriate, regional centres for the training  
and transfer of cleaner production technologies and the  
management of hazardous wastes generated at the national  
level"; 
 
(d)After section C, subparagraph (x), a new subparagraph (xi)  
should be inserted, reading: 
 
"Provide improved access to financial and technical resources to  
assist small island developing States in establishing regional  
centres for the training and transfer of cleaner production  
technologies and the management of hazardous wastes, and for  
the development of inventories to register the training and  
technical activities of international organizations related to  
waste management and cleaner production".  
 
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