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November 13th 2012

Strategic Approaches for International Chemical Management

Summary of the Third International Conference Chemical Management – ICCM3
Nairobi, September 17th-21st, 2012
Ana Boischio, advisor in toxicology, Pan American Health Organization, WDC, UA

Implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

  • Evaluation and progress as reported by focal points – PAHO/WHO quoted for assisting on highlighting region’s health issues and challenges;
  • Reporting, indicators and toolbox to be developed by IOMC (Inter Organization Program for the Sound Management of Chemicals);
  • Coherence among international instruments and programs – synergies observed among multilateral environmental agreements;
  • Strengthening capacities (Ms Neira) – awareness, information, emergencies, safer alternatives, vulnerable populations, policy;
  • Financial and technical resources – Quick Start Program – extended until all projects are completed before ICCM4;
  • Discussion of draft proposal of UNEP Executive Director on an integrated approach to financing of chemicals and wastes management – including establishing national chemicals and wastes units, mainstreaming, industry contribution and further expanded GEF financing (Contact group report to be added to record of meeting; will be formally considered by Feb 2013 UNEP Governing Council;
  • Emerging policy issues: lead in paint, chemicals in products, hazardous substances within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products, nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials, managing perfluorinated chemicals;
  • Lead in paint – particular priority for WHO (Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint – joint WHO/UNEP activity) – new initiative: lead poisoning international day of action;
  • New nominations for emerging policy issues: accepted nomination of endocrine-disrupting chemicals and agreed on set of actions – IOMC to discuss which agency will lead on what aspects. Nomination of environmentally persistent pharmaceutical pollutants not adopted but proponents (International Society of Doctors for the Environment) encouraged to develop the proposal further for future consideration;
  • Information exchange and scientific and technical cooperation – value of clearing-house function – local languages;
  • Approval of the health sector strategy – relevance of WHO, resources mobilization, network of health focal points – see summary below;
  • Cooperation with intergovernmental organizations – IOMC (with nine participating organizations) involved with the implementation of Global Plan of Action and Quick Start Program;
  • Activities and budget of the secretariat – budget limitations were identified and concerns were expressed regarding WHO discontinuing its contribution to the staffing of the Secretariat; (budget discussions continued by a small group-doc…..)
  • Designation of new regional focal points – LAC: Ms Vilma Morales Quillama (Peru). It is vital to be engaged in their coordination mechanisms
  • Global Chemical Outlook launched
  • Other documents


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