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Third Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Regional Meeting on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

2-3 June 2011 | Panama City, Panama

This publication reports on a research project financed by
Canada’s International Development Research Centre (http://www.idrc.ca/).
The third Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) regional meeting on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) met in Panama City, Panama, on Thursday, 2 June and Friday, 3 June 2011. The meeting was requested by participants attending the second LAC regional meeting, held in March 2010, to prepare for the first meeting of the SAICM Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) scheduled for November 2011. The OEWG is a subsidiary body of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) tasked with considering the implementation, development and enhancement of SAICM between Conferences, and with preparing draft decisions or resolutions for possible adoption by the Conference.

The third LAC regional meeting included 46 participants from 21 countries representing government and academia, as well as representatives of UN agencies, regional and subregional entities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). On Thursday, participants discussed preparations for the first OEWG, proposals for new additions to the Global Plan of Action, health issues, emerging policy issues and financial and technical resources for implementation. On Friday, participants discussed the regional implementation plan, relations with the chemical and waste conventions, information exchange and scientific and technical cooperation, the SAICM Information Clearinghouse, Secretariat activities and budget, and preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or “Rio+20”). Five resolutions were adopted on: financing SAICM implementation; the health sector strategy; lead in paint; nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials; and hazardous substances within the lifecycle of electrical and electronic products. More information.
Group photograph at the end of the 3rd LAC Regional Meeting on SAICM.
Agnes Soares, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), reported on PAHO and World Health Organization (WHO) work on chemicals
Mario Yarto, UNITAR consultant, listens to feedback on his proposed outline for the Regional Implementation Plan
Leonor Alvarado, SAICM Coordinator, discusses progress with reporting under the Strategic Approach.
Margarita Astrálaga, Director, UNEP Regional Office for LAC, said sound chemicals management is a top priority for the region.
Contact Group chair Teresa Romero Torres (Mexico) reports on the draft resolution on nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials.
Side event on the importance of COP10 of the Basel Convention .
The side event on lead in paint featured a study on lead exposure in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
Gillian Guthrie (Jamaica), SAICM Regional Focal Point for LAC, chaired the meeting.
Chris Corbin, UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), conducted a side event on GEF projects in chemicals management in the Wider Caribbean.
NGO participants.
Government and IGO participants.
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Related Links
SAICM resources
*Meeting website
*Meeting documents
*Provisional agenda
*Meeting timetable
*Official report of the second LAC regional meeting on SAICM
*Draft Strategy on strengthening the engagement of the health sector in SAICM implementation
*SAICM webpage on the OEWG

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Second International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2), 11-15 May 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Meeting of the Open-ended Legal and Technical Working Group (OELTWG) of the ICCM and Informal Discussions on Preparations for ICCM-2, 21-24 October 2008, Rome, Italy (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of ICCM1, 4-6 February 2006, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
*IISD RS coverage of the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee for the Development of a SAICM (PrepCom-3), 19-24 September 2005, Vienna, Austria
*IISD RS coverage of SAICM PrepCom-2, 4-8 October 2004, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of SAICM PrepCom-1, 9-13 November 2003, 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
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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