September 2020

We are pleased to welcome stakeholders back from the summer break and share the second edition of the SAICM newsletter to provide updates on planning for ICCM5 next year in Bonn, latest highlights, upcoming events and resources developed by the SAICM Secretariat!

With our best wishes,

SAICM Secretariat


11th Meeting and 3rd Teleconference of the ICCM5 Bureau

The eleventh meeting and third teleconference of the ICCM5 Bureau recently took place on 9 September 2020.
A key outcome of the meeting was that to keep the momentum and ensure stakeholders reach IP4 and ICCM5 well prepared for deliberations, four Virtual Working Groups (VWGs) on key topics are being established to ensure the discussions advance. A series of Technical Briefings (TBs) will also be held to support and complement the work of the VWGs.
See the next section for more details on this and you may find the latest Bureau meeting documents here.

SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, 14 October 2020 @ 13:00-15:00 CET

First Technical Briefing: Welcome and overview with the ICCM5 President and Intersessional Process (IP) Co-chairs

The President and IP Co-chairs are happy to invite stakeholders to a kick-off Technical Briefing on the 14 October @ 13:00 – 15:00 CET to explain the process to continue the dialogue and keep up momentum towards agreement on the Strategic Approach and the sound management of chemicals and waste (SMCW) beyond 2020, including the launch the four VWGs and to explain how the virtual work to prepare for IP4 and ICCM5 will advance.
Please note that more news on the schedule and work plan for each VWG will be shared with stakeholders on the SAICM website.

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

We proudly present the new ICCM5 logo and conference slogan “United for a chemical safe future”, jointly developed with the ICCM5 Host Country Germany.

As we are shortly entering the week ICCM5 which was originally scheduled to take place 5-9 October 2020, let’s take the opportunity to remember the importance of continuing on this journey despite these difficult times.
Together we will shape the new framework and stand united for the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020.

World Ozone Day - 16 September 2020
In 1985, the world’s governments adopted the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. Under the Convention’s Montreal Protocol, governments, scientists and industry worked together to cut out 99 per cent of all ozone-depleting substances. World Ozone Day, held on September 16 each year, celebrates the achievements of this collective decision and action, guided by science.
Let’s use this success story in the chemicals and waste community as inspiration in preparing for ICCM5 and our deliberations for beyond 2020.

Find out more here!

Communities of Practice - SAICM Emerging Policy Issues

Communities of Practice – Update!

In partnership with the University of Cape Town and in collaboration with different stakeholders, we have launched four communities of practice (CoPs): Lead in Paint, Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs), Chemicals in Products (CiPs) and Chemicals and SDGs. Their aim is to enable dialogue and exchange on emerging policy issues.
Check out some of our recent CoP discussions here and SAICM invites you register here for our upcoming sessions:
Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs)
  • 21 October 2020: Overview of the HHP Global Action Plan and way forward
Lead in Paint
  • 10 November 2020: Compliance and enforcement mechanisms in a lead paint law

New Publications!

Check out the most recent publications and resources on Emerging Policy Issues:

1) Brief guide to analytical methods for measuring lead in paint
2) Technical brief: Global elimination of lead paint - why and how countries should take action
3) Policy brief: Global elimination of lead paint - why and how countries should take action
4) Interactive visualisation of the status of lead paint laws
5) Chemicals of Concern in electronics: List of Lists and Regulatory Frameworks
6) Summary on Chemicals in Toys Policy in China
7) Infographics on Highly Hazardous Pesticides

SAICM Knowledge Management activities are supported by the SAICM GEF project 9771 on Global Best Practices on Chemical Emerging Policy Issues under SAICM.
Policy Brief: Role of Economic Instruments for the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste

This policy brief highlights some examples around the world where governments are using cost recovery mechanisms and economic policy instruments to balance the many benefits of chemicals production and use with some of their socio-economic, human health and environmental costs.
Policy Brief: Plastics and Chemicals of Concern in Consumer Products
This policy brief gives an overview of the plastics challenge and chemical additives in the three priority sectors covered under SAICM’s ‘Chemicals in Products Emerging Policy Issues: toys, building products and electronics sector’.
Download here!

This policy brief was developed under the SAICM GEF project 9771 on Global Best Practices on Emerging Chemical Policy Issues of Concern under SAICM.

SDG Knowledge Hub

Check out recent news on chemicals and waste and their links to the Sustainable Development Agenda, developed by IISD in collaboration with SAICM
Key Meetings

Global Forum on Environment - 3-4 November 2020 (virtual event)
Towards cost-effective management systems for industrial and consumer chemicals - The Global Forum brings together leading actors in the field of chemicals management to promote effective engagement, collaboration and action on the sound management of chemicals and waste.

UNEA5 - Nairobi, Kenya, 22-26 February 2021
Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals - This fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly in 2021 will mobilize, motivate and energize member states and stakeholders into sharing and implementing successful approaches and nature based solutions that contribute to the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the eradication of poverty and the promotion of sustainable patterns of consumption and production.
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