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1st Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering the
Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020

7-9 February 2017 | Brasilia, Brazil

Highlights for Tuesday, 7 February 2017

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Delegates enjoyed a capoeira performance at the reception hosted by the Government of Brazil

SAICM The First Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering SAICM and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 opened on Tuesday, 7 February 2017, in Brasilia, Brazil. Opening remarks were provided by Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, SAICM Secretariat, Naoko Ishii (by video), CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Amb. José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, Under Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil, and Gertrud Sahler (Germany), President, Fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5).

The meeting then elected Leticia Reis Carvalho, Environment Ministry, Brazil, and David Morin, Health Canada, as co-chairs of the intersessional process. It also approved the provisional agenda after agreeing to amend it to provide for a separate discussion on means of implementation (MOI).

Felix Dodds, Tellus Institute, provided a keynote speech on “Setting the Scene for Beyond 2020” discussing the 2030 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the opportunities for linkages with the post-2020 process for chemicals and waste.

Robert Nurick, consultant, discussed the interim independent evaluation report of the Strategic Approach for 2006-2015 and the process for producing the final report to be presented in 2018. The Secretariat also presented its update on SAICM progress for 2014-2016.

During lunch, parallel informal dialogues were held on “Looking ahead – SAICM and sound management of chemicals and waste in the light of future developments” and “Challenges and opportunities for sustainable chemistry to contribute to sustainable development.”

After lunch a high level segment was held, with keynotes provided by: Sarney Filho, Environment Minister, Brazil; Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment; Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for the Environment; and Amb. Carvalho. This was followed by a panel discussion including these speakers as well as Fernando Musa, CEO, Braskem, Marco Mensink, Director General, CEFIC, Jeffer Castelo Branco, Coordinator, Association for Combatting Persistent Organic Pollutants, and Erika Yamada, Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

In the late afternoon plenary reconvened to begin discussion on “Beyond 2020,” focusing initially on reactions to the scope and vision outlined in the “Thought starter” prepared by the Bureau of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM).

In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by the Government of Brazil.

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Opening Session

(L-R): Amb. José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, Under Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil; Gertrud Sahler, Director General, German Federal Ministry of Environment, and President, Fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5); Marcelo Cruz, Executive Secretary, Environment Ministry, Brazil; and Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, SAICM Secretariat


Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, SAICM Secretariat

Amb. José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, Under Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil


Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, GEF, addressed delegates via a video message


Gertrud Sahler, Director General, German Federal Ministry of Environment, and ICCM5 President

Marcelo Cruz, Executive Secretary, Environment Ministry, Brazil


Brenda Koekkoek, SAICM Secretariat, shakes hands with Amb. José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, Under Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil

(L-R): Gertrud Sahler, Director General, German Federal Ministry of Environment, and ICCM5 President; Amb. José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, Under Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil; Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, SAICM Secretariat; and Marcelo Cruz, Executive Secretary, Environment Ministry, Brazil, at the end of the opening session


(L-R): Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, SAICM Secretariat; Co-Chair Leticia Reis Carvalho, Environment Ministry, Brazil; Co-Chair David Morin, Health Canada; and Brenda Koekkoek, SAICM Secretariat


Co-Chair Leticia Reis Carvalho, Environment Ministry, Brazil

Co-Chair David Morin, Health Canada


Felix Dodds, Tellus Institute

Robert Nurick, consultant


Brenda Koekkoek, SAICM Secretariat

Jorge Ocaña, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)


Reginald Hernaus, EU

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Shah Gilani, Pakistan


Noluzuko (Zukie) Gwayi, South Africa

Mohammad Hematyar, Iran


David Azoulay, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Oluday O. Dada, Expert for Africa Region


Francis Kihumba, Kenya

Felix Wertli, Switzerland


Karissa Taylor Kovner, US

María Florencia Grimalt, Argentina


Achim Halpaap, UN Environment

Jorge Peydro Aznar, EU


Informal Dialogue 1: Looking Ahead – SAICM and Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste in the Light of Future Developments


Panel speakers of the informal dialogue during Marco Mensink’s address


Christabel Mibenge, Ministry of Health, Health Promotion, Environment and Social Determinants, Zambia

Marco Mensink, Director General, European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), and Bob Diederich, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Sabaa Khan, University of Eastern Finland

Olga Speranskaya, International POPs Elimination Network


Participants during the discussion


A view of the room during the informal dialogue


Informal Dialogue 2: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Chemistry to Contribute to Sustainable Development


Panel speakers of the informal dialogue


Marina Mattar, Brazilian Chemical Industry Association

Qian Cheng, Greenpeace East Asia


Jutta Emig, Ministry of Environment, Germany

Noluzuko Gwayi, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Moderator Achim Halpaap, UN Environment


Participants during the discussion


A view of the room during the informal dialogue


High Level Panel: A Holistic Approach to Addressing Sustainable Development


The dais during the high level panel


Johanna Lissinger-Peitz, Senior Adviser, Climate Change Chief Negotiator, Government of Sweden

Sarney Filho, Minister of Environment, Brazil


Ricardo Barros, Minister of Health, Brazil

Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment


Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Amb. José Antônio Marcondes de Carvalho, Under Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil


Marco Mensink, Director General, CEFIC

Fernando Musa, CEO, Braskem


Jeffer Castelo Branco, Coordinator, Association for Combating Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Erika Yamada, Independent Expert on the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Reception Hosted by the Government of Brazil



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