Highlights and images for 8 February 2017




The First Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering SAICM and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 entered its second day of discussions today in Brasilia, Brazil.

The morning session opened with summaries of key points by the moderators of the two informal dialogues held the previous day on the themes “Looking ahead – SAICM and sound management of chemicals and waste in the light of future developments” and “Challenges and opportunities for sustainable chemistry to contribute to sustainable development.”

The plenary throughout the rest of the day focused on in-depth discussions of agenda item 5, “Beyond 2020,” in terms of: vision and scope; the voluntary, multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral approach currently used by SAICM; responding to new and emerging issues; and financing implementation of the sound management of chemicals and waste.

Before and after the plenary, focus groups were held to provide input from regional groups to the consultant preparing the independent evaluation of SAICM.

During the lunch hour two more informal dialogues were held on the themes “Engaging partners to deliver the vision beyond 2020” and “Responding to a changing world: Addressing urgent and emerging issues.”

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage from the 1st Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering SAICM and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has produced a summary and analysis report of the meeting, which is available in HTML and PDF.
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A view of the room during plenary

Achim Halpaap (left), UN Environment, and Fernando J. Gómez, World Economic Forum, report on Tuesday’s informal dialogues

Co-Chair David Morin, Health Canada, and Brenda Koekkoek, SAICM Secretariat

Jorge Peydro Aznar, EU

Jutta Emig, Germany

Alison Kennedy and Suzanne Leppinen, Canada

Sofia Tingstorp, Sweden

Heidar Ali Balouji, Iran

Rikke Holmberg, Denmark

Vinicius Trindade, Brazil

Felix Wertli, Switzerland

Jianhong Meng, China

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Shah Gilani, Pakistan

Richard Fuller, Pure Earth

Maria Neira, World Health Organization (WHO), addressed delegates via a video message

Rowena Watson, US

María Florencia Grimalt, Argentina

Francis Kihumba, Kenya

Juan Gómez, Colombia

Sverre Thomas Jahre, Norway

Somang Yang, CropLife

Vladimir Lenev, Russian Federation

Meriel Watts, PAN Asia Pacific

Rachid Wahabi, Morocco

Gilbert Kuepouo, Research and Education Centre for Development, Cameroon

David Azoulay, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Carolyn Vickers, WHO

Michael Musenga, Children’s Environmental Health Foundation (CEHF), Zambia

Junichi Matsumoto, Japan

Odile Frank, NGO Forum for Health

Rinchen Wangdi, Bhutan

Griffins Ochieng’, Centre for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD), Kenya

Pirkko Kivelä, Finland

Tadesse Amera, Pesticide Action Nexus Association (PAN-Ethiopia)

Vassilios Karavezyris, Germany

Jorge Ocaña, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Petronella Shoko, Zimbabwe

Marie-Pierre Meganck, France

Bob Diederich, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Informal Dialogue 3: Engaging Partners to Deliver the Vision Beyond 2020

Felix Dodds, Tellus Institute, moderated the informal dialogue

Informal Dialogue 4: Responding to a Changing World: Addressing Urgent and Emerging Issues

L-R: Moderator Carolyn Vickers, WHO; María Esquivel García, Ministry of Health, Panama; Richard Fuller, Pure Earth; Thais Araújo Cavendish, Ministry of Health, Brazil; Lady Virginia Traldi, Environment Company of the State of São Paulo (CETESB), Brazil; and Alan Kaufmann, Toy Industry Association

Around the Venue

Delegates consult informally

Delegates networking