Highlights and images for 15 March 2018



On Thursday, the second meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering the Strategic Approach and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 entered its final day with a focus on providing feedback on the consolidated outcome report prepared by the co-hosts of the discussion groups which examined five elements of a proposed framework for chemicals and waste beyond 2020:

  • vision;
  • policy principles;
  • objectives and milestones;
  • implementation arrangements, including finance and implementation; and
  • governance.

Participants were advised that the document would be revised to reflect the plenary discussion and then annexed to the meeting report.

This was followed by a brief discussion about how to ensure high-level political commitment and visibility to a post-2020 framework on chemicals and waste.

In the afternoon the plenary considered the timetable for the remainder of the intersessional process leading up to the Fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) slated for 2020, including the third meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG3) scheduled for February 2019 and another informal intersessional meeting slated for June 2019.

Co-Chair Leticia Reis Carvalho said the Co-Chairs would prepare a document for OEWG3 based on the results of the two intersessional meetings, regional meeting outputs and other inputs provided during the intersessional process. ICCM5 President Gertrud Sahler urged participants to begin preparations for OEWG3 so as to ensure its success.

In closing the meeting, the Co-Chairs thanked all participants for their active engagement. Co-Chair Reis Carvalho declared the meeting closed at 3:21 PM.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily digital coverage and a summary and analysis report from the 2nd Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering the Strategic Approach and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Morning Plenary

View of the dais during the morning session

Leticia Reis Carvalho, Brazil, Co-Chair of the Intersessional Process

Jutta Emig, Germany

Camilla Alexander-White, Royal Society of Chemistry

Qian Wang, China

Melissa Mengjiao Wang, Greenpeace

Jacqueline Gonclaves, Canada

Olubunmi Olusanya, Nigeria

Katherine Weber, US

Babajide Alo, Africa Institute

Griffins Ochieng, Centre for Environment Justice and Development

Akiko Nishimae, Japan

David Kapindula, Zambia

Rolande Aziaka, Youth Representative, Welfare Togo

Vinicius Trindade, Brazil

Afternoon Plenary

View of the dais during the afternoon plenary

Gertrud Sahler, President, Fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)

David Morin, Canada, Co-Chair of the Intersessional Process

Delegates applaud the close of the meeting

Around the Venue

Delegates from the African region consult

Delegates from Thailand

Delegates from Madagascar and Mauritius

Delegates from International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and the International Chemical Trade Association (ICTA)

Delegates from Croatia, Czech Republic and Denmark

Delegates from Nigeria

Delegates from South Africa

Delegates from Norway, Oman and Pakistan

Delegates visit the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) website to keep track of the meeting

Jacob Duer, Chief, Chemicals and Health Branch, UNEP (left)

Delegates between sessions

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) ENB team covering the meeting:
Jonelle Jones
; Keith Ripley; Richard de Ferranti; and Kiara Worth


Non-state coalitions