44. U.S. Statement re roles of ILO and IMO in resolving issues presented in Basel Convention (October 2004)
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chair of the ship dismantling group for his excellent leadership, as well as to the participants of the group for their constructive deliberations.
As we have noted throughout this meeting, any practical solution to the issue of ship dismantling is best achieved initially through coordination at the national level, between environment, transport, and other relevant ministries, in order to ensure that delegations have a coordinated and unified position with respect to this issue. Such coordination will facilitate cooperation - rather than competition -- between the ILO, IMO and the Basel Convention and facilitate progress towards a real, practical solution.
In this regard, the
With respect to the first operative paragraph of CRP.21, which reminds Parties to fulfill their obligations under the Basel Convention, where applicable, we would like to make clear our view that the obligations of the Basel Convention do not generally apply to the transboundary movements of ships, as ships are not classified as hazardous wastes. We do not believe that continued debate of these legal issues would be fruitful, and look forward to the development of a cooperative practical international approach to address the health and environmental problems associated with ship dismantling.”