Highlights and images for 1 October 2019



Highlights for Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Delegates gathering for the third Meeting of the Intersessional Process Considering the Strategic Approach and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 (IP3)

The Third Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 (IP3) opened at the UN Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday, 1 October 2019. Delegates heard opening statements from Pralong Dumrongthai, Director-General, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand, Gertrud Sahler (Germany), President of the fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) and Tim Kasten, the incoming Officer-in-Charge of the SAICM Secretariat, all stressing the importance of IP3 to develop recommendations that can be finalized at IP4 in March 2020 and offered for ICCM5 decisions in October 2020.Following organizational matters, the meeting reviewed the various inputs introduced at this session regarding:

  • additional measures to achieve multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder engagement;
  • the definition, criteria and possible modalities for adopting issues of concern;
  • mechanisms to support implementation, including appropriate and effective mechanisms for taking stock of progress;
  • mechanisms for capacity building; and, a mechanism for updating the post-2020 instrument over time;
  • principles and approaches;
  • successful mechanisms for cost recovery and implementation of the polluter pays principle for financing the sound management of chemicals and waste;
  • linkages and options to coordinate and cooperate between chemicals and waste management and other policy agendas; and
  • results from a September 2019 technical expert workshop on indicators.
  • IP3 then organized four thematic groups designed to develop recommendations for ICCM5 on:

  • targets, milestones and indicators;
  • enhanced institutional arrangements;
  • mechanisms to support implementation (including the science-policy interface and issues of concern); and
  • financial considerations.
  • In the afternoon, two thematic groups commenced their work. The group on institutional arrangements discussed possible changes regarding the Bureau and Secretariat, as well as proposals to improve multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder engagement. On the latter point, the group considered the need to develop a specific strategy for approval at ICCM5, with the group co-chairs committing to preparing proposals toward that end for consideration later in the week. The thematic group on implementation held an initial exchange of views on proposals outlined in the Co-Chairs’ text, as well as relevant background documents. The discussions addressed: definition and criteria for identifying issues of concern; modalities for adopting issues for concern and monitoring their progress; and options for strengthening the science-policy interface at the international level for the sound management of chemicals and waste.During lunch a sectoral meeting on health was held to discuss the sector's priorities in a post-2020 framework. In the evening a special session was held to discuss linkages between the biodiversity and chemicals/waste agendas, and how to turn these linkages into targets and indicators.Delegates arrived at IP3 ready to tackle a heavy agenda armed with a dizzying array of inputs, but conscious that much work remains and time is running out to finish numerous tasks before ICCM5 is held one year from now in Bonn. As one delegate noted, "The Co-Chairs outlined ambitious goals for IP3, we'll be lucky to achieve half of what they want." As ambitious as the IP3 agenda already was, it got more so when concerns from several delegates led to less plenary time Tuesday and more time granted for discussing implementation, governance and institutional arrangements, including proposals for a complementary enabling framework.

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    Pralong Dumrongthai, Director-General, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand
    ICCM5 President Gertrud Sahler
    Tim Kasten, UN Environment (UNEP) and Officer-in-Charge, SAICM Secretariat
    The dais during the morning plenary
    David Morin (Canada), Co-Chair of the Intersessional Process
    Maria Florencia Grimalt, Argentina
    Rory O'Neill, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
    Tadesse Amera Sahilu, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
    Susan Wilburn, Health Care Without Harm
    A room view during the morning session
    Szymon Domagalski, Poland
    Cheryl Eugene, Saint Lucia
    Felix Wertli, Switzerland
    Servet Gören, International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA)
    Manal Azzi, International Labour Organization (ILO)
    Carolyn Vickers, World Health Organization (WHO)
    Keith Ripley, IISD/ENB, speaking with ICCM5 President Gertrud Sahler, and Jutta Emig, Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany
    Julia Sussams, UK
    Mohsen Naziri, Iran
    Thematic Discussion on Governance and Institutional Arrangements
    Co-Chairs Muhammed Khashashneh, Jordan, and Karissa Kovner, US
    Tuulia Toikka, EU
    Mitsugu Saito, Japan
    Thematic Discussion on Mechanisms to Support Implementation
    View of the dais during the thematic session
    Giulia Carlini, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
    Ed Brzytwa, ICCA
    Co-Chairs Szymon Domalgaski, and Noluzuko Gwayi, South Africa, conferring
    Environment and Health Justice Support (HEJSupport) asking for the floor
    Around the Venue
    Health Sector Meeting, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO)
    Special event on Biodiversity Linkages


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union