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4-8 October 2004, Nairobi, Kenya

 Earth Negotiations Bulletin - ENB
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Highlights for Monday, 4 October 2004

On the opening day of the second session of the Preparatory Committee for the Development of a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM PrepCom2), delegates heard opening statements, elected bureau members to fill vacancies and a new PrepCom President, and discussed future work on the development of SAICM, focusing on the structure and scope. 

Above photo: The dais during the opening plenary of SAICM PrepCom2.

Opening Plenary: 

Above photo L-R: Shafqat Kakakhel, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP, Hon. Kalonzo Musyoko, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources (Kenya) and Jim Willis, Director UNEP Chemicals 


Above photo: Kenyan poet Caroline Nderitu, delivered an inspirational poem during opening plenary.

Above photo L-R: Konchora Guracha, Shem Oyoo Wandiga, and Helen Njeri Njenga, Kenyan chemists who were honored during SAICM PrepCom2 opening plenary. 

Above photo: Jim Willis (UNEP) presiding the opening plenary. 

Above photo: Shafqat Kakakhel, UNEP Deputy Executive Director, welcomed participants on behalf of UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer and noted the progress made in COP-1 of the Rotterdam Convention.

Hon. Kalonzo Musyoko, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources (Kenya), underlined the role of SAICM in providing the world with a road map for sustainable chemicals management.

Above photo: Suwit Wibulproprasert, President, Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS), noted that chemical safety is a multi-sectoral responsibility and challenged donors and inter-governmental organizations (IGOs) to ensure the participation of governments and society at all levels.

Above photo: Robert Visser, Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development, on behalf of the Inter-Organization Programme on the Sound Management of Chemicals, highlighted two key issues to be address at SAICM PrepCom2: the integration of chemicals management into all relevant government sectors; and capacity building and technical assistance.

Further development of a SAICM

Above photo: John Buccini (SAICM) (far right) reported the outcomes during PrepCom1.

Above photo: Viveka Bohn (Sweden), was elected bureau member for WEOG and President of SAICM PrepCom.

NIGERIA referred to the submissions by the African Group and GRULAC on the SAICM.  Above photo: Abiola Olanipekun (Nigeria)

PAKISTAN, for the G-77/CHINA, invited participants to build on recommendations from the African Regional Meeting in Abuja. Above photo: Jamil Ahmad (Pakistan)

GRULAC presented on the results of regional consultations on the eve of PrepCom2, adding that it will be necessary to make use of existing financial mechanisms. Above photo: Federico Perazza (Uruguay)

SWITZERLAND invited participants to build on the inter-sessional work of the African group. Above photo L-R: Reust Heinz and Franz Xaver Perrez (Switzerland)

BASEL CONVENTION SECRETARIAT provided a summary of its activities, particularly on waste management. Above photo: Ibrahim Shafii (Basel Convention Secretariat)

WHO introduced the document on further inputs on health aspects of chemical safety (/INF/14), and invited participants to reach agreement on key areas of health aspects of chemical safety and develop a document for circulation and discussion before the end of the meeting. Above photo: Tim Meridith (WHO)

This service was prepared in cooperation with the SAICM  Secretariat


SAICM web site and meeting documents
UNEP Chemicals Unit
ENB coverage of INC-11 and COP-1 of the Rotterdam Convention
ENB coverage of meetings regarding chemicals management
ENB Brief Introduction to the Rotterdam PIC Convention
ENB coverage of SAICM PrepCom-1
ENB coverage of IFCS-4
IFCS homepage
Stockholm Convention (POPs)
Rotterdam Convention


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