Waste and Garbage Transported to Developing Countries and Territories

July 24, 1989

The 24th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 14-25 July, 1989 in Sydney, Australia:

WILPF reaffirms the statement of the International Executive Committee, Paris, 1988, opposing the disposal of nuclear and chemical waste in developing countries and areas.

WILPF deplores the present practice and plans for the future, of developed countries transporting their waste to territories and areas within their jurisdiction and to the developing world, such as plans to put California waste on the Marshall Islands.

WILPF asks the Japanese Government and all governments not to damp nuclear waste into the Pacific in the future.

WILPF condemns the incineration of US chemical weapons and biological weapons by the US at Johnston Atoll, a process which threatens the peoples of Hawaii, Marshall Islands and other Pacific nations.

WILPF will lobby for legislation requiring nations to recycle or treat waste they generate within their own countries. This situation is even more serious when toxic and radioactive waste in addition to garbage is disposed of in the developing countries and areas.

This Congress requests that our concerns be made known to the United Nations Environment Program and to the governments of our sections.

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