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Upcoming Meetings

Chemicals Management


October 2017

2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF

The 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene from 17-19 October, with workshops taking place on 16 and 20 October. The AGM will convene at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland.

dates: 16-20 October 2017 venue: Palais des Nations location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: IGF Secretariat e-mail: Secretariat@IGFMining.org www: http://igfmining.org/
http://igfmining.org/agm-2017/

Thirteenth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC 13)

The Chemical Review Committee (CRC) is a subsidiary body of the Rotterdam Convention established to review chemicals and pesticide formulations according to the criteria set out by the Convention in Annexes II and IV respectively and make recommendations to the Conference of the Parties for listing such chemicals in Annex III.

dates: 16-20 October 2017 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: Secretariat www: http://www.pic.int/TheConvention/ChemicalReviewCommittee/Ove...

Thirteenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-13)

The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) is a subsidiary body to the Stockholm Convention established for reviewing chemicals proposed for listing in Annex A, Annex B, and/or Annex C. Article 8 of the Stockholm Convention entails the reviewing process of new chemicals and Annex D, Annex E and Annex F specify the information requires for the review.

dates: 22-26 October 2017 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy contact: Secretariat www: http://chm.pops.int/TheConvention/POPsReviewCommittee/Overvi...

Pacific Workshop on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that HLPF 2018 will focus on: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The Pacific Workshop on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

dates: 25-27 October 2017 location: Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa www: http://www.unescap.org/events/implementing-2030-agenda-subre...

South Asian Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that will be focused on during HLPF 2018: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The South Asian Forum on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

date: 31 October 2017 [tentative] location: Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal www: http://www.unescap.org/events/implementing-2030-agenda-subre...

November 2017

Joint 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer was adopted in 1985 and entered into force on 22 Sep 1988. In 2009, the Vienna Convention became the first Convention of any kind to achieve universal ratification. The objectives of the Convention were for Parties to promote cooperation by means of systematic observations, research and information exchange on the effects of human activities on the ozone layer and to adopt legislative or administrative measures against activities likely to have adverse effects on the ozone layer. The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was designed to reduce the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances in order to reduce their abundance in the atmosphere, and thereby protect the earth's fragile ozone Layer. The original Montreal Protocol was agreed on 16 September 1987 and entered into force on 1 January 1989.

dates: 20-24 November 2017 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada contact: Secretariat www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum Prior to UNEA-3

Civil society will host the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum, which facilitates the participation of civil society in the UN Environment Assembly and associated meetings. This event will take place prior to the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), which it taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 4-6 December 2017, and will address the theme of pollution.

dates: 27-28 November 2017 location: Nairobi, Kenya www: http://www.unep.org/environmentassembly/

53rd Meeting of the GEF Council

The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 28-30 November 2017, in Washington, DC, US. The meeting will be preceded by the GEF CSO Consultation, on 4 December. The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It is comprised of 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). The Council, which meets twice annually, develops, adopts and evaluates the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval). On the final day, the Council will convene as the Council of the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) and Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF), also at the same location.

dates: 28-30 November 2017 location: Washington D.C., US contact: GEF Secretariat www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

December 2017

Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December. The event consider the overarching theme of pollution. Outcomes are expected to include: a political declaration on pollution, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); resolutions and decisions adopted by Member States to address specific dimensions of pollution; voluntary commitments by governments, private sector entities and civil society organizations to clean up the planet; and the Clean Planet Pledge, a collection of individual commitments to take personal action to end pollution in all its forms. UNEA-3 will be preceded on: 27-28 November, by the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum; 29 November - 1 December, by the Committee of Permanent Representatives; 2-3 December, by the Science Policy Forum; and 4-6 December 2017, by the Sustainable Innovation Expo.

dates: 4-6 December 2017 venue: UN Office in Nairobi location: Nairobi, Kenya contact: Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies phone: ?+254-20-7623431 e-mail: unep.sgb@unep.org www: http://www.unep.org/environmentassembly/
http://wedocs.unep.org/bitstream/handle/20.500.11822/21213/T...

March 2018

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 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.

date: 1 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/...

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/  

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 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

November 2018

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.

dates: 29 April - 10 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