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Chemicals Management


March 2019

World Ocean Summit 2019

The Economist Group’s World Ocean Initiative will convene the sixth World Ocean Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency and Department of Economic Development, the event will bring together political leaders and policymakers, heads of global business, scientists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and multilaterals from across the globe to build greater collaboration across regions and connect the world to new ideas and perspectives on the future of the ocean.

The overarching theme for the Summit is ‘Building Bridges,’ and featured topics are:

  • finance, including: the role of sovereign wealth funds; blue carbon systems; insurance; and Islamic finance and the ocean;
  • technology and innovation, including aquaculture and cities and waste management; and
  • governance, including illegal fishing and lessons from land economies.

dates: 5-7 March 2019 location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates www: https://www.woi.economist.com/world-ocean-summit/

April 2019

Third Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group for SAICM

The third meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is scheduled to take place from 2-4 April 2019, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The functions of the OEWG are to consider the implementation, development and enhancement of SAICM, including by: Reviewing and prioritizing proposals for emerging policy issues in preparation of the next session of the Conference; Continuing discussion on work on emerging policy issues; Considering proposals for the inclusion of new activities in the Global Plan of Action; Considering initiatives that are being undertaken and addressing progress and gaps in achieving the goal that, by 2020, chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment; Considering the outcomes of regional meetings; Identifying priority issues for consideration for inclusion in the agendas of the sessions of the Conference; and Undertaking such other activities as the Conference may direct.

The next meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) is expected to take place in October 2020.

dates: 2-4 April 2019 location: Montevideo, Uruguay www: http://www.saicm.org/About/OEWG/OEWG3/tabid/5984/language/en...

Festival to End Plastic Pollution

A festival to end plastic pollution will take place in Antigua and Barbuda as part of a global campaign, launched by UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa with the Governments of Norway and Antigua and Barbuda in December 2018.

The campaign focuses on phasing out the use of single-use plastics and raising awareness of the impact of plastic pollution on the environment and human health. The festival will include a concert that will highlight efforts to tackle plastic pollution globally and feature internationally renowned artists and musicians.

date: 27 April 2019 location: Antigua and Barbuda www: https://www.un.org/pga/73/2018/12/04/readout-meeting-with-th...
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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

June 2019

56th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 56th meeting of the GEF Council is tentatively scheduled to take place from 10-13 June 2019.

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

dates: 10-13 June 2019 venue: Inter-American Development Bank headquarters location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings

July 2019

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

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: Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand www: http://ozone.unep.org/en/meetings

September 2019

14th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP 2019)

The 14th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant (ICMGP 2019) will convene on the theme, ‘Bridging Knowledge on Global Mercury with Environmental Responsibility, Human Welfare and Policy Response’.

The meeting will seek to assess implementation of solutions to reduce the emissions and exposure to mercury as a global environmental pollutant and test the efficiency of implementation of the Minamata Convention in various parts of the world.

The conference will bring together representatives from industry, government, research institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academia to discuss, inter alia, options for low-mercury energy and industrial technologies and the concept of low-mercury society. The event will also showcase new equipment to measure mercury in various environmental samples, and technology to reduce mercury emissions and exposure.

The conference is organized under the patronage of the Polish Ministry of Energy and the City of Krakow, among others.

dates: 8-13 September 2019 location: Kraków (Cracow), Lesser Poland, Poland www: https://mercury2019krakow.com/gb/information.html

October 2019

Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development - 15th Annual General Meeting

The 15th annual general meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) will convene in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7-11 October 2019.

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. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the IGF is here.

dates: 7-11 October 2019 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland contact: Stacy Corneau e-mail: scorneau@iisd.ca www: https://www.igfmining.org/

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

December 2019

57th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 57th meeting of the GEF Council will take place from 9-12 December 2019. The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member. The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

dates: 9-12 December 2019 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-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