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Third Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-3)

17-21 September 2012 | Nairobi, Kenya

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Highlights for Thursday, 20 September 2012
ICCM-3 reconvened on Thursday, 20 September in Nairobi, Kenya. Throughout the day, delegates convened in plenary for the High-Level Dialogue (HLD). This Dialogue gathered a number of high-level speakers from governments, industry, civil society and organizations under the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) to discuss strengthening SAICM for more effective implementation. Key issues emerging from the HLD included: the importance of the QSP, particularly in national chemical profiling to set agendas and priorities; the need to build on best practices and lessons learned for sound chemicals management; the importance of the life-cycle approach and engaging down-stream users; regional, inter-regional and national cooperation for sound chemicals management; and the important role the private sector can play in chemicals management.

The contact group on emerging policy issues met throughout the morning to continue its deliberations on hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products, nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). In its report back to plenary, the group said that first reviews of the resolutions on nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials, and EDCs, respectively, had been completed, but a number of issues still needed to be resolved. In the afternoon, the contact group on financial and technical resources for implementation resumed its discussions on extending the QSP as well as reviewing the UNEP ED’s proposal on financing for chemicals and wastes. The Conference heard that most delegates had supported the Co-Chairs’ text on the QSP, and that discussions on the ED’s proposal were still ongoing. The Budget Group was scheduled to resume its deliberations in the evening.

Both contact groups, as well as the Budget Group, met late into the night.
UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya
Plenary Session
Chinese delegation consulting with members of the dais.
Maria Neira, WHO, and David Piper, UNEP Chemicals Branch
Members of GRULAC consulting
Per Nylykke, Denmark, and Björn Hansen, European Commission
Leonor Alvarado and Muhammed Omotola, SAICM Secretariat
Daniel Ziegerer, Switzerland, reporting on activities of the Contact Group on Financial and Technical Resources for Implementation.
Marcus Richards, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria
Delegates during the HLD
Delegates conferring during the HLD
High-Level Dialogue panelists L-R: Maria Neira, WHO; Lazar Chirica, Moldova’s Deputy Environment Minister; Calvin Dooley, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Chemistry Council; Joe DiGangi, IPEN; Remi Allah-Kouadio, Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development; Sophia Danenberg, The Boeing Company; Tiarite Kwong, Kiribati’s Minister of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development; and Per Nylykke, Danish Ministry of Environment.
Ali Mohamed, Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources
Seif Suleiman Rashid, Tanzania's Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare
Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland, and David Kapindula, Zambia
Delegates consulting

Contact Groups
Tim Kasten, UNEP Chemicals Branch, Leonor Alvarado, SAICM, and
Co-Chairs of the Budget Group Jozef Buys, Belgium, and Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica
Tonje Roland and Henrik Eriksen, Norway
Delegates from Colombia consulting text.


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SAICM resources
*Meeting website
*Annotated provisional agenda
*Meeting documents
*Scenario note
*Exhibition and side-events
*Introductory letter from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director and the World Health Organization (WHO) Director Generals
*SAICM texts

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Third Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Regional Meeting on the SAICM, 2-3 June 2011, Panama City, Panama (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of ICCM2, 11-15 May 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Open-ended Legal and Technical Working Group (OELTWG) for ICCM2, 21-24 October 2008, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Sixth session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS VI), 15-19 September 2008, Dakar, Senegal
*IISD RS coverage of ICCM1, 4-6 February 2006, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
*IISD RS coverage of the Third session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Development of a SAICM, 19-24 September 2005, Vienna, Austria
*IISD RS coverage of SAICM PrepCom-2, 4-8 October 2004, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of SAICM PrepCom-1, 9-13 November 2003, United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand
*IISD RS archive of meetings on chemicals management, and backgrounder
*Chemicals-L - A news and announcement list on chemicals news and policy developments
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*African Regional Coverage
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