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Chemicals Management


February 2018

SAICM Regional Meeting for Central and Eastern Europe

The Central and Eastern Europe regional meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) will convene in Lodz, Poland, from 19-23 February 2018.

dates: 19-23 February 2018 location: Lodz, Lodzkie, Poland www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/Regionalactivities/CentralandE...

Civil Society Pre-Meeting to UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

The UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD), which follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region, will be preceded by a civil society pre-meeting on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations.

date: 28 February 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland e-mail: sdgu@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html

UNECE Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2018 VNR Countries

Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are part of the follow-up and review mechanism of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sixteen countries from the UNECE region volunteered to take part in VNRs at the 2018 session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which will convene in July 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub story about the 2018 VNR countries is here. This Regional Preparatory Meeting for VNR countries of the UNECE is organized by the Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Participation is by invitation by UN DESA. This event will take place immediately before the 2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE....

date: 28 February 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html

March 2018

2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region. The meeting will focus on the sub-set of SDGs to be reviewed at the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018): SDG6, SDG7, SDG11, SDG12, SDG 15. The Regional Forum will be preceded by a civil society pre-meeting on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations. In addition, the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will organize a Regional Preparatory Meeting for 2018 VNR countries of the UNECE region, on 28 February 2018, at the Palais des Nations.

dates: 1-2 March 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland e-mail: sdgu@unece.org www: http://www.unece.org/rfsd2018.html
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Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC)

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment, or UNEP) will organize the Sixth International Marine Debris Conference (6IMDC). The conference will promote international coordination efforts within the marine debris community, and it will build on the partnerships and successes of the Honolulu Strategy, which was developed at the last conference in 2011.  

dates: 12-16 March 2018   location: San Diego, CA, US   e-mail: info@6IMDC.org   www: http://internationalmarinedebrisconference.org/  

Second Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process

The 2nd 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, convening from 13-15 March 2018, is expected to continue the discussions on a possible post-2020 platform for chemicals and waste, with a view to providing input to OEWG3 slated for October 2018. It will be preceded in January-February 2018 by SAICM regional meetings. Through its Resolution IV/4, the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) held in September 2015 decided to initiate an intersessional process to prepare recommendations regarding SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 for consideration by ICCM5, expected to be held in 2020. ICCM4 decided that the intersessional process should include, in principle, two meetings before the third meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) and another between OEWG3 and ICCM5.

dates: 13-15 March 2018 location: Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden contact: SAICM Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-8273 fax: +41-22-797-3460 e-mail: saicm.chemicals@unep.org www: http://www.saicm.org
http://www.saicm.org/Beyond2020/IntersessionalProcess/tabid/...

Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD)

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) will focus on the theme, 'Transformations towards sustainable and resilient societies'. In addition to discussing the theme of the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018) as it relates to regional and subregional perspectives, this preparatory event will also review in depth the cluster of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be discussed at the 2018 HLPF: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals). In addition, the Forum will support the presentation of voluntary national reviews (VNRs) by the countries in the region that are presenting them to HLPF 2018, and will assess the progress made with regard to the regional road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development is here.

dates: 28-30 March 2018 location: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand contact: ESCAP e-mail: escap-apfsd@un.org www: http://www.unescap.org/events/apfsd5

April 2018

Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development 2018

The second meeting of the Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development will take place under the auspices of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). This Forum, adopted by Member States as the regional mechanism to support the implementation, follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, will include both substantive debates in line with the theme of the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), peer learning session for countries from the region on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and reports from ECLAC as well as from other stakeholders on the progress towards the SDGs. Prior to the meeting of the Forum, from 16-17 April, activities will be carried out in Santiago by civil society representatives and other relevant actors.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 meeting of the Forum is here.

dates: 18-20 April 2018 location: Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile contact: ECLAC www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018
https://foroalc2030.cepal.org/2018/en

UNECE Resource Management Week 2018

The UNECE Resource Management Week 2018 will take place from 23-27 April 2018. The ninth session of the Expert Group on Resource Classification will take place during this week, from 25-27 April.

dates: 23-27 April 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=47092

ESCWA Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2018

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development will take place from 24-26 April 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 RFSD for the ESCWA region is here.

dates: 24-26 April 2018 location: Lebanon contact: ESCWA www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018#prep

May 2018

Global Symposium on Soil Pollution

The Global Symposium on Soil Pollution will serve as a step towards implementing the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management. It will focus on preventing and reducing harmful substances in soil as a way to maintain healthy soils and food safety in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Symposium will aim to provide scientific evidence to support actions and decisions to prevent and reduce soil pollution for increased food security and nutrition, and ecosystem services, and promote the remediation of polluted sites. The specific objectives of the Symposium are to: examine the current scientific and technical understanding of soil pollution and its effects on food production and safety; critically reflect on the impact of land (and air and water) use decisions at the national level on soil pollution; identify limitations and prioritize key challenges related to restoring polluted sites; review existing international policies, agreements and frameworks addressing sources of pollution to agricultural land; and survey and review the use of soil thresholds for pollutants globally and explore additional research and policy needs. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the decision by the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to endorse the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM) is here.

dates: 2-4 May 2018 venue: FAO Headquarters location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/global-symposium-on-soil-p...

July 2018

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018

The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment. The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 48 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here.

dates: 9-18 July 2018 location: New York City, US www: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2018

40th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 40th Session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties (OEWG 40) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 9-14 July 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of OEWG 39 can be found here.

dates: 9-13 July 2018 location: Vienna, Wien, Austria www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

September 2018

Fourteenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

The Chemical Review Committee (CRC14) will review chemicals and pesticide formulations for possible listing under Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

This meeting is taking place back-to-back with the Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committe....

dates: 10-14 September 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy e-mail: brs@brsmeas.org www: http://www.pic.int/

Fourteenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-14) will review the possible listing of hazardous chemicals under the various annexes of the Stockholm Convention. This meeting is taking place back-to-back with the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee.

dates: 17-21 September 2018 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy e-mail: brs@ brsmeas.org www: www: http://www.pops.int

October 2018

2018 Annual General Meeting of the IGF

The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene from 15-19 October 2018, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The IGF emerged from the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Delegates at the WSSD adopted the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, which called for, inter alia, support for “efforts to address the environmental, economic, health and social impacts and benefits of mining, minerals and metals throughout their life cycle, including workers’ health and safety, and use a range of partnerships, furthering existing activities at the national and international levels, among interested governments, intergovernmental organizations, mining companies and workers, and other stakeholders, to promote transparency and accountability for sustainable mining and minerals development.” The WSSD also encouraged governments, civil society and private sector actors to enter into voluntary partnerships focused on sustainable development objectives. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF is here.

dates: 15-19 October 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://igfmining.org/

November 2018

30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 30th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 30) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is tentatively scheduled to convene from 5-9 November 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of MOP 29 is here.

dates: 5-9 November 2018 location: Ecuador www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2)

The Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) is expected to convene from 19-23 November 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland.

dates: 19-23 November 2018 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.mercuryconvention.org/

April 2019

Basel Convention COP14, Rotterdam Convention COP9 and Stockholm Convention COP9

The 14th meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention, the ninth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention and the ninth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back in 2019. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 chemicals triple-COP is here.

dates: 29 April - 9 May 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: BRS Secretariat phone: +41-22-917-8729 fax: +41-22-917-8098 e-mail: brs@unep.org www: synergies.pops.int

July 2019

41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 41) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is tentatively scheduled to convene from 1-5 July 2019, at a location to be announced.

dates: 1-5 July 2019 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

November 2019

31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 31) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 4-8 November 2019, at a location to be determined. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

dates: 4-8 November 2019 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

June 2020

42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The 42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 42) is tentatively scheduled to convene from 29 June to 3 July 2020, at a location to be confirmed.

dates: 29 June - 3 July 2020 location: TBA www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

November 2020

Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [tentative]

The Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 12) and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 32) is tentatively scheduled to take place from 2-6 November 2020, at a location to be decided. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.

dates: 2-6 November 2020 location: TBA