Highlights and images for 3 October 2019



Highlights for Thursday, 3 October 2019

Delegates from the US in discussions before the morning sessions

Delegates convened for the third day of 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) on Thursday, 3 October 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. In the morning, plenary briefly reconvened to hear the Co-Chairs of the four thematic groups report limited progress in reducing bracketed text indicating disagreements in the text of recommendations being developed for the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5). IP Co-Chair David Morin (Canada) reminded participants of the goal of achieving a complete zero draft at the end of IP3 to allow sufficient time to review the text and prepare for final negotiations at IP4 in March 2020.Delegates then resumed their consideration of draft texts in the thematic groups. In the morning, the Thematic Group on Targets, Milestones, and Indicators reviewed five strategic objectives proposed by the third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) to be recommended to ICCM5. The Group discussed potential targets against:

  • Strategic Objective D on maximizing benefits and minimizing risks through safer alternatives, innovative and sustainable solutions and forward thinking;
  • Strategic Objective A on the need for measures to be identified, implemented and enforced to prevent, or minimize harm from chemicals and waste; and
  • Strategic Objective E on sound management of chemicals and waste as an essential element in achieving sustainable development.
  • The Thematic Group on Enhanced Governance and Institutional Mechanisms met in the morning and evening, focusing primarily on text regarding the functions of the High-Level Segment of the ICCM, including new proposals on:

  • linkages with other sectors such as biodiversity, climate change, and human rights;
  • promoting international cooperation to overcome challenges faced by developing countries; and
  • mobilization of financial and technical resources and transfer of technology.
  • In the afternoon, the Thematic Group on Mechanisms to Support Implementation began a second reading of text relating to the process of identifying issues of concern for inclusion in a post-2020 framework. In the evening, the group held an initial exchange of views on how to deal with existing emerging policy issues, reviewed a summary by the Co-Chairs of discussions relating to the science-policy interface, and reviewed new targets proposed under the mandate of this Group.The Thematic Group on Financial Considerations discussed at length proposals on:

  • mainstreaming chemicals and waste management into national budgets and development aid priorities as well as into development bank aid programs;
  • developing guidance and recommendations for investors to minimize economic risks associated with unsound chemicals and waste management; and
  • a proposal by the Latin American/African Groups for a new International Fund dedicated to sound management of chemicals and waste.
  • As the day wore on, many delegations, and at times the thematic group co-chairs themselves, expressed frustration that the pace of deliberations was not picking up. One group worked through lunchtime and two added evening sessions in the hopes of breaking the logjam. “We’re running out of time if we want to avoid sending a messy text to IP4” fretted one seasoned participant.

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    Co-Chairs of the Intersessional Process David Morin, Canada; Judith Torres, Uruguay; and SAICM Secretariat Brenda Koekkoek
    Delegates during the plenary
    Co-Chair Karissa Kovner, US, reporting back on the thematic discussion on Governance and Institutional Arrangements
    Co-Chair Jonah Ormond, Antigua and Barbuda, reporting back on the thematic discussion on Financial Considerations
    The dais during the plenary
    Co-Chair Noluzuko Gwayi, South Africa, reporting back on the thematic discussion on Mechanisms to Support Implementation
    Co-Chair Silvija Kalnins, Latvia, reporting back on the thematic discussion on Targets, Milestones and Indicators
    Baogen Gu, Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO)
    Thematic Discussion on Financial Considerations
    View of the room during the thematic discussion
    Keri Holland, US
    Olubunmi Olusanya, Nigeria
    Rory O'Neill, International Trade Union Confederation
    Gregor Filyk, Canada
    Thematic Discussion on Targets, Milestones and Indicators
    View of the room during the thematic discussion
    Delegates from China discussing informally
    Lia Jasmin Esquillo, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
    Delegates from International Council of Chemical Association (ICCA)
    Thematic Discussion on Mechanisms to Support Implementation
    The dais during the thematic group
    Olga Speranskaya, IPEN
    Johanna Hausmann, Women Engage for a Common Future
    Thematic Discussion on Governance and Institutional Arrangements
    The dais during the thematic group
    Gene Smilansky, US
    Sverre Thomas Jahre, Norway
    Co-Chair Muhammed Khashashneh, Jordan
    Delegates from EU discussing possible revisions to the text.
    Around the Venue
    Agriculture Sector Meeting hosted by FAO
    Delegates from ICCA posing for a group photo