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Third Session on the  Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
Salvador,Brazil  14-20 October 2000
                 Highlights from Monday, 16 October 
On the second day of FORUM III, delegates met in a morning Plenary to discuss organizational matters for the meeting and for the IFCS. Participants also discussed IFCS Priorities for Action Beyond 2000. A lunchtime presentation, sponsored by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), was held on "Multistakeholder Success Stories: Sustainable Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals." Regional Groups met in the afternoon. Above photo from left: Vice-Presidents from Mali and Republic of Korea, Rapporteur Rolf Hertel (Germany), Chair Roy Hickman and Judy Stober (IFCS Executive Secretary)


Gyorgy Ungvary, Hungary, in his speech noted that the FORUM needed to update the Priorities of Action formulated in 1994 to answer to new challenges that have surfaced since then.


Gunnar Bengtsson, Sweden, in his presentation noted recommendations regarding: harmonization of principles, the need to perform 1000 risk assessments with the involvement of developing countries; and the need for a procedure in FORUM IV.

Side Event: Multi-stakeholder Success Stories sponsored by WWF

WWF held a Luncheon Panel concerning "Multi-Stakeholder Success Stories: Sustainable Alternatives to Toxic Chemicals". The panel highlighted four successful partnerships addressing medical waste in India, cotton production in Benin, eco-labeling and bananas in Latin America and pollution prevention in Massachusetts, USA. Clifton Curtis of WWF moderated the event.

Photo from left: Ravi Agarwal, India (ravig@del6.vsnl.net.in), Chris Wunderlich, Rainforest Alliance (can@ra.org and www.rainforest-alliance.org), Clifton Curtis, WWF (www.worldwildlife.org/toxics), Davo Simplice Vodouhe, Benin (obepap@bow.intnet.bj) and Paul Burns, Mass PIRG, USA (pirgtoxics@juno.com)

ENB Summary of Second Session IFCS
Linkages Chemicals page
IFCS Secretariat web site with official documents and information for participants
ENB's "Introduction to PIC and POPS"

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