Dr. Motasadi, the deputy for Human Environment of the Department of Environment of the Islamic Republic of Iran delivered a speech on SAICM in high-level meeting on 2 October 2015 in Geneva. He stated that after 10 years since the establishment of SAICM, we have achieved relatively noticeable progress in the implementation of the Strategic Approach in the context of working towards the objective of the Overarching Policy Strategy, Quick Start Programme and Global Plan of Actions at the international level.
He continued that As far as the general implementation of the SAICM is concerned, we have reached a turning point. ICCM4 is the last decision-making meeting in the context of the Strategic Approach scheduled to take place before 2020.
In the next 5 years, successful implementation of the SAICM would strongly rely on the effective implementation of the common but differentiated responsibilities of states as set forth in principle 7 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development to fill the widening gap between developed countries on the one hand and developing countries on the other hand.
Sustainable, predictable, adequate and accessible financing is a key element for the sound management of chemicals and waste in developing countries. Efforts to raise external funding for sound management of chemicals have been inadequate and much less than the projected needs of developing countries.
In closing, I would like also to emphasize that Technology plays a critical role in meeting obligations and requirements under the chemicals-related Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs).Implementation of policies for the sound management of chemicals in many developing countries require access to cleaner technologies. Many developing countries currently lack the basic means to control hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides, even though they have come to rely on them to increase and/or maintain crop yields, and they need access to technology transfer to make the transition to modern approaches to the sound management of chemicals. As production of chemicals shifts toward developing countries, policies need to be forged that encourage transferring to developing countries technological approaches that are used in developed countries to minimize release of pollutants.