KEMENTERIAN LINGKUNGAN HIDUP

REPUBLIK INDONESIA

COP9: STATEMENT BY Ms. KATHARINA KUMMER PEIRY, EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE BASEL CONVENTION, TO THE NINTH MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE BASEL CONVENTION, BALI-INDONESIA 23 JUNE 2008.

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

It my great pleasure to welcomo you to Bali on the occasion of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. COP9 is the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties I have the privilege of serving, since taking up my duties as Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention; hence I am especially honoured to be welcoming you today.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank our hist, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, a country renowned for the hospitality of its people, for its warm welcome and its continous commitment to the Basel Convention. I am truly grateful to the Government of Indonesia for the outstanding efforts it has taken to ensure that this event is a success.

COP9 has before it a number of important challenges. Meeting these challenges successfully will determine the future direction of the Convention. My hope is that the outcomes of this SOP will serve to place the Basel Confention firmly on the international agenda, and further reaffirm the implementation of the Convention as a prerequisite for sustainable development worldwide.

The theme of this important meeting focussed on “Waste Management for Human Health and Livelihood