On 28 February 2020, the Secretariat announced that this meeting has been postponed. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place from 23-27 March 2020. We will update this page when the new dates are announced.
The consumption of chemicals by all industries and modern society’s reliance on chemicals for virtually all manufacturing processes make chemicals production one of the major and most globalized sectors of the world economy. However, the essential economic role of chemicals and their contribution to improved living standards needs to be balanced with recognition of potential costs: heavy use of water and energy and the potential adverse impacts of chemicals on the environment and human health. The diversity and potential severity of such impacts makes sound chemicals management a key cross-cutting issue for sustainable development.
To address this challenge, in 2006 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a multi-stakeholder policy framework to promote sound chemicals management around the world. SAICM is the core international forum for achieving a key goal set in 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development: by 2020, chemicals will be used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment.
With 2020 approaching, the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) held in September 2015 initiated an intersessional process to prepare recommendations on the future of SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020, for consideration by ICCM5 in October 2020.
The fourth meeting of that intersessional process is expected to develop recommendations to be considered at ICCM5 on:
cross-cutting elements: vision, scope and approaches;
strategic objectives and targets;
governance and implementation: institutional arrangements, mechanisms to support implementation, and issues of concern;
financial considerations; and
possible names for the new instrument.
The fourth intersessional meeting will also consider preparations for ICCM5, including development of a high-level declaration.
The first two intersessional process meetings were held in Brasilia, Brazil in February 2017 and Stockholm, Sweden in March 2018. The third meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) convened in April 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and established a contact group that produced a composite text on the outlines of a possible post-2020 platform to serve as a starting point for subsequent negotiations. The third intersessional process meeting, held in Bangkok, Thailand, in October 2019, discussed in detail many of the elements of a possible platform (please consult our summary and analysis of the Bangkok meeting).
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, will provide daily web coverage and a summary and analysis report from IP4.
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