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Third Session on the  Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
Salvador,Brazil  14-20 October 2000
                 Highlights from Tuesday, 17 October 
On the third day of FORUM III, Regional Groups met during the morning. Delegates met in an afternoon Plenary to continue discussion on organizational matters and Priorities for Action Beyond 2000. Participants also discussed the Prevention of Illegal International Traffic in Toxic and Dangerous Products. In the evening, the ad hoc working groups on priorities for action, the Bahia Declaration, and the prevention of illegal traffic convened. Above photo: IFCS Chair Roy Hickman and IFCS Executive Secretary Judy Stober at today's plenary session


During the Prevention and Illegal International Traffic session, facilitator Fatoumata Jallow Ndoye (Gambia), stressed that the problem applies to all regions and that illegal entry into territories can occur if adequate measures are not in place.

Michael Penders (USA), emphasized the importance of technological methods for tracking hazardous chemicals. He noted that, in general, customs inspects less than one per cent of incoming shipments, and less than that for outgoing shipments. He highlighted successful international partnerships toward reducing illegal trafficking, and reiterated the importance of integrating customs data with environmental compliance data.

Side Event: Evening Workshop on 16 October concerning Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) sponsored by CCPA, UNITAR, Pollution Probe and the Government of Canada

Panel from the Evening workshop concerning PRTR: Opportunities and Challenges from the Perspective of Developing Countries and Countries with Economies in Transition.

Photo from left: Nana Kovacicova,Slovakia (kovacic@upkm.sk), Patricia Matus, Chile (pmatus@conapma.cl), Achim Halpaap, UNITAR (achim.halpaap@unitar.org), Steve McCauley, Canada (steve.mccauley@ec.gc.ca, Dudley Achu Sama, Cameroon (dudley86@usa.net), and Peter Acquah, Ghana
Steve McCauley (Canada), opened the workshop. He noted the increasing international interest in PRTRs and highlighted the focus of the workshop on PRTR issues, especially in the context of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
Achim Halpaap, UNITAR, discussed UNITAR's experience with providing guidance to governments on developing PRTRs.

Side Event: Lunchtime Presentation on Harmonization of the Approaches to the Assessment of Risk from Exposures to Chemicals
Margaret Hartley (Australia), speaking on behalf of IPCS, presented how harmonizing the approaches to chemical risk assessment can enhance transparency and global participation that would lead to safe chemical use.

Side Event: IPCS Informal Presentation: Challenges and Opportunities for Collaboration in Preventing Toxic Exposures, Responding to Chemical Incidents and Setting up Poisons Centres
Michael Ruse (WHO), demonstrated how INTOX, INCHEM and CHIRP database programs can enhance the efficiency of Poison Centres during an informal meeting sponsored by IPCS. More information is available at www.intox.org

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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