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4th Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4)

28 September - 2 October 2015 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Thursday, 1 October 2015

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View of the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), venue of the 4th Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4)

The penultimate day of the Fourth Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) convened on Thursday, 1 October, in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the morning, plenary briefly reconvened to hear reports from the contact groups before suspending until the afternoon’s high-level segment (HLS). The contact groups on the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020, and the activities of the Secretariat and budget met immediately after. The contact group on emerging policy issues and other issues of concern (EPIs) met from midday, into the afternoon. A “Friends of the Co-Chairs” group on the overall orientation and guidance (OOG) met throughout the day.

In the afternoon, the ICCM4 HLS began. Victoria Tauli Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Michel Giannuzzi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tarkett, gave keynote speeches. Three parallel panel dialogues took place: Multi-sectoral Collaboration for More Efficient Chemicals Management; Multi-stakeholder Collaboration for Sustainable Development; and the SAICM Model in Action.

Three special events took place, on: ISC3 – Moving sustainable chemistry forward!; Announcement of the Global Commission on Pollution, Health and Development; and a high-level event hosted by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA).

In the evening, the EPIs and OOG contact groups resumed their deliberations.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from the 4th Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), which took place from 28 September to 2 October 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at:

High-Level Segment
High-Level Keynote Speeches

Michel Giannuzzi, CEO, Tarkett

Victoria Tauli Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The SAICM Model in Action

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)


Maria Neira, Director, Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization (WHO)


View of the dais during the panel

Barbara Hendricks, Minister of Environment, Germany


Christine Dawson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment, US Department of State


Susan Wilburn, Sustainability Director, Health Care Without Harm


Tadesse Amera, IPEN/Pesticide Action Nexus Association, Ethiopia


Multi-stakeholder Collaboration For Sustainable Development

View of the dais during panel

Daniel Calleja, Director-General for Environment, European Commission

Gunvor Ericson, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment, Sweden

Hubert Mandery, Director General, European Chemical Industry Council

Richard Lesiyampe, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Kenya

Multi-sectoral Collaboration For More Efficient Chemicals Management

View of the dais

Génon Jensen, Executive Director, Health and Environment Alliance


Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Leonardo Trasande, New York University School of Medicine

Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Jamaica

Budget Contact Group

Contact Group Co-Chairs with Jacob Duer, SAICM Secretariat

Gabriela Eigenmann, Switzerland

The Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020


R.N. Jindal, India

High-Level Event and Reception hosted by ICCA


Around the Venue

Omar Bravo Tirado, Peru, Elmer Quicuiz Romero, Peru, and Edgardo Villalobos, Panama

Yixian Sun, IISD-RS writer, China, and Desiree Montecillo Narvaez, UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch

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