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Chemicals Management


July 2020

Steps Toward Adoption of National Lead Paint Laws

This virtual discussion is organized by the Community of Practice on Lead in Paint. 

In collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, the Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM) launched the Community of Practice (CoP) on Lead in Paint to bring together representatives from different sectors to create a learning network around issues related to the elimination of lead paint. 

The event on 9 July 2020 will be the first session for the CoP. Interested participants should register to join the Community of Practice on Lead in Paint. 

date: 9 July 2020 location: virtual www: https://chemicalswithoutconcern.org/topic/community-practice

42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The 42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 42) was scheduled to take place from 13-17 July 2020. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Secretariat will announce a final decision on how the meeting will proceed at least 5 weeks prior to the meeting.

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dates: 13-17 July 2020 location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada www: https://ozone.unep.org/meetings
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September 2020

16th Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee

The 16th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-16) will review chemicals and pesticide formulations for possible listing under Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention.

CRC-16 will convene back-to-back with the 16th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-16).

 

dates: 8-11 September 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.pic.int/

16th Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee

The 16th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-16) will review the possible listing of hazardous chemicals under the various annexes of the Stockholm Convention.

POPRC-16 is taking place back-to-back with the 16th meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC-16).

dates: 14-18 September 2020 location: Rome, Lazio, Italy www: http://www.pops.int/

November 2020

Global Forum on Environment: Towards Cost-effective Management Systems for Industrial and Consumer Chemicals

The Global Forum on Environment will discuss the challenges posed by chemicals and provide knowledge on effective and sustainable policies for the sound management of chemicals.

The event will bring together leading actors in the field of chemicals management to promote effective engagement, collaboration and action on the sound management of chemicals and waste. Participants will include regulators and policy makers in charge of chemical safety in OECD member and partner countries as well as relevant stakeholders from intergovernmental organisations, private industry organisations and companies, civil society, and philanthropies.

Production and consumption of chemicals is rapidly increasing in emerging economies while the design of chemical management policies, the establishment of legal and institutional frameworks, and the implementation of risk assessment methodologies and risk management decisions require a great deal of effort from governments and industry. This Global Forum will seek to foster networking and cooperation between partner and member countries.

This meeting is organised by the OECD as part of the activities of the OECD Joint Meeting on the Chemicals Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology and in relation to development cooperation in the area of chemicals sound management. 

dates: 3-4 November 2020 location: Paris, Ile-De-France, France www: http://www.oecd.org/chemicalsafety/globalforumonenvironmentt...

16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF)

The 16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is expected to take place from 9-13 November 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The IGF serves as a global venue for dialogue among 74 member country governments, as well as mining companies and industry associations. The IGF is a voluntary initiative committed to leveraging mining for sustainable development to ensure negative impacts are limited and financial benefits are shared. Members have access to a number of resources, including IGF’s Guidance for Governments, Mining Policy Framework and capacity-building and training opportunities.

dates: 9-13 November 2020 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: https://www.igfmining.org/

Joint 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The Joint 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 12) and 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 32) is scheduled to take place from 23-27 November 2020 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.  

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of COP 11 and MOP 29 is here.

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dates: 23-27 November 2020 location: Tashkent, Toshkent, Uzbekistan www: https://ozone.unep.org/meetings

December 2020

Our Ocean Conference 2020

The seventh Our Ocean Conference will draw partners globally to identify solutions to sustainably manage marine resources, increase the ocean’s resilience to climate change and safeguard its health for generations to come. The six areas of focus at the conference will include climate change, marine pollution, marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, sustainable blue economy, and maritime security. 

The sixth Our Ocean Conference took place in Oslo, Norway, from 23-24 October 2019.  The SDG Knowledge Hub Summary is available here. Summaries for previous years are also available for: 2017,  20162015 and 2014.

dates: 7-8 December 2020 location: Palau www: https://www.ourocean2020.pw/

59th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 59th Meeting of the GEF Council is scheduled to take place from 8-10 December 2020. 

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member.

The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 58th meeting of the GEF Council, which selected the new CEO and Chairperson for the GEF, is here.

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dates: 8-10 December 2020 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-59th-council-mee...
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April 2021

Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this event has been rescheduled to take place from 27-28 April 2021. It was originally scheduled to take place from 4-5 June 2020. 

The 12th edition of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) is organized by the Chemicals Forum Association, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Commission, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) and the Finnish Government with local partners, including the City of Helsinki, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland and the University of Helsinki.

dates: 27-28 April 2021 location: Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland www: https://helsinkichemicalsforum.messukeskus.com/

May 2021

World Bee Day 2021

The observance of World Bee Day worldwide aims to: 

  • draw the attention of the world’s public and political decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees;
  • remind us that we depend on bees and other pollinators; 
  • protect bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries; and 
  • halt the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposal set forth by the Republic of Slovenia, with the support of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to celebrate World Bee Day on 20 May each year was met with approval by the UN General Assembly in 2017.

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date: 20 May 2021 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day

June 2021

60th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 60th Meeting of the GEF Council is scheduled to take place from 15-17 June 2021. 

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member.

The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

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dates: 15-17 June 2021 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-60th-council-mee...

July 2021

Fifth Meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)

The ICCM was originally scheduled to take place in October 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fifth Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) has been rescheduled to take place from 5-9 July 2021. 

The ICCM undertakes periodic reviews of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), which is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world.

The functions of the ICCM are to: 

  • receive reports from all relevant stakeholders on progress in implementation of SAICM and to disseminate information as appropriate; 
  • evaluate the implementation of SAICM with a view to reviewing progress against the 2020 target and taking strategic decisions, programming, prioritizing and updating the approach as necessary; 
  • provide guidance on implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; 
  • report on progress in implementation of SAICM to stakeholders; 
  • promote implementation of existing international instruments and programmes; 
  • promote coherence among chemicals management instruments at the international level; 
  • promote the strengthening of national chemicals management capacities; 
  • work to ensure that the necessary financial and technical resources are available for implementation; 
  • evaluate the performance of the financing of SAICM; 
  • focus attention and call for appropriate action on emerging policy issues as they arise and to forge consensus on priorities for cooperative action; 
  • promote information exchange and scientific and technical cooperation; 
  • provide a high?level international forum for multi?stakeholder and multi-sectoral discussion and exchange of experience on chemicals management issues with the participation of non?governmental organizations in accordance with applicable rules of procedure; and
  • promote the participation of all stakeholders in the implementation of SAICM. 

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICCM 4 is here.

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dates: 5-9 July 2021 location: Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany www: http://www.saicm.org/Meetings/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/5856/la...

Basel Convention COP15, Rotterdam Convention COP10 and Stockholm Convention COP10

The 15th meeting of the COP to the Basel Convention, the tenth meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention and the tenth meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention will convene back-to-back in 2021.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2019 chemicals triple-COP is here

dates: 19-30 July 2021 location: Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland www: http://www.brsmeas.org/

October 2021

Minamata Convention COP4

The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury is expected to review the Convention’s Annexes A and B and financial mechanism, and conduct an effectiveness review of the Convention. 

The Minamata Convention was adopted to address mercury, a heavy metal that is persistent in the environment. The Convention was adopted on 10 October 2013, and entered into force on 16 August 2017.

Earth Negotiations Bulletin coverage of COP3 is here.

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dates: 30 October - 5 November 2021 location: Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia www: https://mercuryconvention.org

December 2021

61st Meeting of the GEF Council

The 61st Meeting of the GEF Council is scheduled to take place from 7-9 December 2021. 

The Council is the GEF's main governing body. It comprises 32 Members appointed by constituencies of GEF member countries (14 from developed countries, 16 from developing countries and 2 from economies in transition). Council Members rotate every three years or until the constituency appoints a new Member.

The Council meets twice annually to develop, adopt and evaluate the operational policies and programs for GEF-financed activities. It also reviews and approves the work program (projects submitted for approval), making decisions by consensus.

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dates: 7-9 December 2021 location: Washington D.C., US www: https://www.thegef.org/council-meetings/gef-61st-council-mee...

May 2022

World Bee Day 2022

The observance of World Bee Day worldwide aims to: 

  • draw the attention of the world’s public and political decision-makers to the importance of protecting bees;
  • remind us that we depend on bees and other pollinators; 
  • protect bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries; and 
  • halt the further loss of biodiversity and degradation of ecosystems, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The proposal set forth by the Republic of Slovenia, with the support of Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to celebrate World Bee Day on 20 May each year was met with approval by the UN General Assembly in 2017.

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date: 20 May 2022 location: worldwide www: https://www.un.org/en/observances/bee-day