Delegates to the fourth session of the Intersessional Review Process of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 (IP4) advanced their work on the outline of a future global policy framework to promote chemical safety.
“The consumption of chemicals by all industries and modern society’s dependence on chemicals for virtually every manufacturing process makes chemical production one of the major sectors of the global economy,” said the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) summary report meeting notes. It further indicates that the sector’s heavy dependence on water and energy and the potential adverse effects of chemicals on the environment and human health make the sound management of chemicals an issue. cross-cutting key for sustainable development.
SAICM was established in 2006 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), at the first International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), as a voluntary, multi-stakeholder, multi-sector policy framework to promote chemical safety. The IN B analysis of the meeting highlights SAICM as a “tool” where governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), international organizations, academia, the private sector and other stakeholders “have a say in the platform work.
The intersessional process was established by ICCM4 to maintain momentum until ICCM5, originally scheduled for 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19, where recommendations for a post-2020 platform or instrument to the sound management of chemicals and waste will be examined.
IP4 delegates hailed as a “significant achievement” the “Consolidated Co-Chairs’ Single Text” – a “front draft” document, which covers the vision, scope, principles, strategic objectives, targets, institutional arrangements, implementation measures, financial considerations, and procedures for designating “areas of concern” requiring particular attention and concerted action.
IP4 met in Bucharest, Romania, from August 29 to September 2, 2022. Delegates agreed to suspend the meeting and resume it in early 2023 to continue negotiations. When the IP4 session resumes, IN B written, delegates “can continue to work on building common understandings that can be translated into the desired outcome in the most feasible, yet effective way.”
Ahead of the conference, the SDG Knowledge Hub reported on the five regional meetings that took place in preparation for IP4 in Latin America and the Caribbean (6-7 May 2022), Central and Eastern Europe (CEE ) (May 12-13, 2022), EU-JUSSCANNZUK (Japan, United States, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Norway, New Zealand and United Kingdom) (June 23, 2022), Africa (June 28-30, 2022) and Asia-Pacific (5 -7 July 2022).
ICCM5 is scheduled to meet in Bonn, Germany from September 25-29, 2023. [ENB Coverage of IP4]