Ninth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF)
7-9 February 2006 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
International Conference on Chemicals Management
4-6 February 2006 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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International Conference on Chemicals Management: Highlights from Sunday, 5 February 2006

On Sunday, delegates at the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) met in plenary in the morning to hear reports on progress made, and in the evening. The Committee of the Whole (COW) met throughout the day and in the evening to discuss outstanding issues regarding the draft Overarching Policy Strategy ( OPS), Global Plan of Action (GPA), and ICCM resolutions. A contact group on principles and approaches convened in the morning, and a contact group on financing issues met throughout the day.


Plenary and Committee of the Whole
Maria Cristina Cardenas, Secretariat, President Mariano Arana, and John Buccini, Director, UNEP Chemicals
Regarding the draft GPA, Jack Weinburg, IPEN (left), said that the use of “voluntary” as placed in the text could be misinterpreted to mean that activities would be voluntary for all stakeholders, regardless of their government's policy. President Arana discusses finance with delegates. The US said further clarification on the GPA was needed in light of additions made to the list of activities without negotiation and discussion to which Tanzania (right) responded that the draft GPA has been carefully discussed from region to region.
John Buccini with delegates (above left) Regarding a paragraph on activities that should be given priority in relation to chemicals that pose unreasonable risks to human health and the environment, Chair Bohn explained that this paragraph should have a footnote regarding a group of chemicals which might be prioritized for assessment, which was included in a similar paragraph in the draft OPS. India (above right) said it preferred that the footnote be deleted from both paragraphs of the draft GPA and OPS.

Contact Groups
Delegates debate during the finance contract group, which met throughout the day and night.

Delegates discuss financial issues informally.
Principles and approaches contact group Chair Donald Hannah, New Zealand (left)

Civil Society Forum
Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Deputy Director, Division of Policy Development and Law, and Chief of Cross-sectoral Environmental Issues, UNEP, Co-Chair Muhammad Alsayrafi, Friends of the Environment Center, Qatar, Co-Chair Kate Davenport, EcoVentures International, and Rapporteur Rakesh Jha, Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India
Jan Gustav Strandenaes, ANPED, the Northern Alliance for Sustainability (left)
Delegates met in breakout groups during the Civil Society Forum.

UNITAR Side Event: The GHS: A Fundamental Tool for National SAICM Implementation
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is a new international standard for classifying and communicating the hazards of dangerous chemicals through labels and safety sheets.
Georg Karlaganis, Switzerland, Jukka Takala, International Labor Organization (ILO), Laurraine Lotter, International Council of Chemical Associations, Bjørn Erikson, International Conference of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), Irina Zastenskaya, Belarus, Duangtip Hongsamoot, Thailand, Charles Auer, US, and Eva Sandberg, European Commission

Press Conference
UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer and Mohammed Bin Fahad, Chair of the Organizing Committee of the Zayed International Prize.

Side Event on Linking the Sound Management of Chemicals to Country Priorities in National Development Planning
Olav Kjorven, Director, Energy and Environment Group, UNDP
Olav Kjorven, UNDP, and Steve Gorman, World Bank

ICCA Side Event on Chemical Industry Performance: Responsible Care Global Charter and the Global Product Strategy
Left to right: Larry Washington, Dow Chemical, Corporate Vice President of Sustainability, Environment, Health and Safety, Guilherme Duque Estrada de Moraes, Director General, ABIQUIM, Masami Tanaka, Vice Chairman and Director General, Japan Chemical Industry, Udo Oels, Member of the Board of Management, Bayer AG, Peter Elverding, CEO DSM, and Council President of International Council of Chemical Associations, Kiyo Akasaka, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD, Alain Perroy, Director General, Cefic, and Council Secretary, ICCA, Nance Dicciani, CEO Honeywell Specialty Materials, and Member of the ACC Board of Directors, and Pieter Cox, Chairman of SASOL
ICCA President Peter Elverding (left)

Miscellaneous Photos
ENB team members have an informal chat with UNEP Deputy Executive Director Shafqat Kakakhel.

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 Pre-session events and Parallel Events

ENB coverage of relevant and preparatory meetings:

ENB coverage of the 23rd Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, Nairobi Kenya, 2005

Eighth Special Session of GC and the Fifth Global Ministerial Environment Forum, Jeju, South Korea, 2004

ENB coverage of UNEP's Intergovernmental Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity Building:

  • ISP-3 Bali, Indonesia, 2-4 December, 2004
  • ISP-2 Nairobi, Kenya, 2-4 September, 2004
  • ISP-1 New York, US 25 June, 2004

ENB Coverage of the process for the Further Development of a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM):

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