June 2020

We are pleased to share with you the first edition of SAICM's quarterly newsletter to share the latest highlights, upcoming events, and resources developed by the Secretariat! 

We would also like to take the time to express our heartfelt thoughts to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that now is an important time to refocus our commitment to diversity and inclusion, especially pertaining to environmental issues and vulnerable groups.

With our best wishes, 

SAICM Secretariat

World Environment Day

World Environment Day took place on 5 June and the theme this year was biodiversity. SAICM celebrated by creating an infographic on how chemicals and waste can impact biodiversity and releasing an article on how we can do more to protect and help our planet's biodiversity flourish. Read here

Click here for the full infographic

Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

The Convention on Biological Diversity released the proposed Monitoring framework for biodiversity post-2020. With pollution as one of the key drivers of biodiversity loss, this is a great opportunity to reflect and make connections between the biodiversity and chemicals and wastes agendas.  Proposed target 6 is directly related to reducing pollution, chemicals and waste.  Deadline to comment is 25 July 2020.

Welcoming our new SAICM Coordinator!

Nalini Sharma

Please join us in welcoming Nalini Sharma as the new Principal Coordinator for the SAICM Secretariat. Nalini joined the Chemicals and Health Branch in 2015 and previously led the Special Programme on Institutional Strengthening for Chemicals and Waste Management from its inception.

Nalini has led and supported a number of intergovernmental and multi-stakeholder processes such as the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the Committee of the Whole of the United Nations Environment Assembly / UNEP Governing Council, fourth and fifth editions of the Global Environment Outlook Summary for Policy Makers and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development. 

Nalini has extensive experience in the field of sustainable development, including addressing environmental issues at the global, regional and national levels having worked with UNEP's Ecosystems Division as Officer in Charge of the Biodiversity Unit and playing a key role in UNEP's work on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.

SAICM Knowledge Platform Launch

SAICM invites you to visit our newly-launched website: This platform is a space to learn about emerging policy issues and their linkages with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The team is currently linking existing content from other  platforms and additional insightful resources produced by SAICM stakeholders to create valuable knowledge on chemicals. The overall objective of the platform is to provide SAICM stakeholders with a space for knowledge exchange and dissemination of good practices from countries, regions and sectors. Please visit the website for more information.
Stakeholders are invited to send any recent relevant content on emerging policy issues (e.g., technical documents, best practices documents, case studies, etc.) to be added. Please send any submissions or suggestions to: 

Communities of Practice
SAICM Emerging Policy Issues

In collaboration with different stakeholders, the SAICM Secretariat will host four communities of practice (CoPs) for dialogue and exchange on emerging policy issues. This will happen through an online discussion forum to share knowledge, best practices, case studies and country-specific experiences. The topics will focus on: Highly Hazardous Pesticides, Lead in Paint, Chemicals in Products and Chemicals and the SDGs.  

SAICM invites you to register as a member of any of the four CoPs so you may participate in the online discussions. By signing up, you will receive invitations to the upcoming discussions and their summary digests upon conclusion. To join a CoP, register here

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Funding and Award Opportunities

Apply for funding via the Special Programme 
Deadline extended - Friday, 4 September 2020! 
The fourth round of applications for the Special Programme was launched on 29 November 2019 in the margins of the third Conference of the Parties of the Minamata Convention. In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the Executive Board of the Special Programme extended the deadline for applications to Friday 4 September 2020.

Additional information can be found in the Guidance on the scope of the Special Programme document which provides information on eligibility and the types of projects that may be funded.  For further information, see SAICM's Overall Orientation and Guidance document where 11 basic elements were recognized as critical at the national and regional levels to the attainment of sound chemicals and waste management.
Future Policy Award for Protection from Hazardous Chemicals 
Call for Nominations - extended to 30 June 2020!
The Future Policy Award, also known as the “Oscars on best policies”, will celebrate the world’s best laws, policies, and legal frameworks that regulate or ban the use of chemicals that threaten the environment and human health.

Each year, the World Future Council, in collaboration with UN agencies, highlights exemplary policies in one field where innovation and action are particularly urgent. The award ceremony will take place during ICCM5 in July 2021. We encourage all SAICM stakeholders to send applications: Download the Call for Nominations Form

Welcoming our new Programme Management Officer

Eduardo Caldera-Petit
I joined the SAICM Secretariat at the end of 2019 and am excited to be part of such an important team working towards the sound management of chemicals and waste. As the SAICM Programme Officer, I am in charge of the overall management of SAICM GEF funded projects on emerging chemical policy issues. I am also responsible for the SAICM knowledge management platform and communities of practice. My work at the secretariat contributes to ensuring that information on chemicals is available, accessible, user-friendly, adequate and appropriate amongst SAICM stakeholders to enable policy makers to make informed decisions for the sound management of chemicals and waste.

ICCM5 Bureau Update

9th Meeting and 1st Teleconference of the ICCM5 Bureau, May 2020
The ICCM5 Bureau convened for their first teleconference in May 2020! The bureau discussed ways to continue the sound management of chemicals and waste and next steps for IP4 and ICCM5. Thanks to our bureau members for working remotely with SAICM - check out our tweet here
10th Meeting and 2nd Teleconference of the ICCM5 Bureau, June 2020
The tenth meeting and second teleconference of the ICCM5 Bureau took place on 17 June 2020. The ICCM5 President, Bureau Members, Regional Focal Points, representatives of non-governmental organizations and the IOMC, UNEP, observers and the SAICM Secretariat focused on discussing and confirming the new dates for IP4 and ICCM5, as well as next steps for advancing on recommendations to be developed for consideration by ICCM5. A key outcome of the meeting was agreement that ICCM5 will take place from 5-9 July 2021 in Bonn, Germany. Stay tuned for relevant documents to be uploaded as soon as available on our website

Recent Publications

Policy Brief - Lessons from the Past
This policy brief provides some key lessons learned since 2006 that SAICM’s stakeholders may consider in moving forward beyond 2020. Download here!

Recent UN International Days

World Bee Day - May 20
As we stay at home, bees have faced less pollution and human disturbance.
Check out our World Bee Day campaign on Twitter here
World Oceans Day - June 8
Did you know that marine pollution has increased 10x since 1980
affecting at least 267 animal species? See more here!

Upcoming UN International Days

World Humanitarian Day
August 19

World Humanitarian Day is held each year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian activities and to support civilians affected by global crises. 


Check out recent news on chemicals issues and their links to the Sustainable Development Agenda, developed by IISD in collaboration with SAICM, and published on the SDG Knowledge Hub
UNEP Exposes Fight Against Illegal Trade in Pesticides
Four Asian Cities Adopt Circular Approach to Close Plastic Loop

Upcoming Environmental Conferences

First Global Meeting of National Focal Points of the Montevideo Programme: 5-7 Sept 2020
Leader’s Biodiversity Summit: 15 Sept 2020
UN Biodiversity Conference COP 15: 15 Oct 2020
UNFCCC COP 26: 9 Nov 2020
IUCN World Conservation Congress: 7 Jan 2021
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