The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a global policy framework to foster the sound management of chemicals. The SAICM Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) now known as UN Environment.
« The sound management of chemicals is essential if we are to achieve sustainable development, including the eradication of poverty and disease, the improvement of human health and the environment and the elevation and maintenance of the standard of living in countries at all levels of development. » – Dubai Declaration, 2006.
It was adopted by the International Conference on Chemicals Management in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 6 February 2006. The first session of the Conference and the process to develop the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management were co-convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) and the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS).
The Strategic Approach supports the achievement of the goal agreed at the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development of ensuring that, by the year 2020, chemicals will be produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health. It acknowledges the essential contributions of chemicals in the current societies and economies, while recognizing the potential threat to sustainable development if chemicals are not managed soundly.
As of 12 June 2015 The Strategic Approach focal points include 175 Governments, 85 NGOs, including a broad range of representatives from industry and civil society.
SAICM commitments are expressed through the Dubai Declaration, Overarching Policy Strategy and the Global Plan of Action.
The International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) undertakes periodic reviews of SAICM. The first session (ICCM 1) was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 4–6 February 2006, finalized and adopted SAICM.
The second session (ICCM 2) was held in Geneva, Switzerland, 11–15 May 2009 and undertook the first periodic review of SAICM’s implementation.
The third session (ICCM 3) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, 17–21 September 2012 and reviewed progress in the implementation of SAICM with tangible data on 20 indicators of progress adopted at ICCM2, addressed emerging policy issues and adopted the Health Sector Strategy.
The fourth session (ICCM 4) was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 28 September to 2 October 2015. The overall orientation and guidance (OOG) towards the achievement of the 2020 goal was expected to be the strategic policy outcome of ICCM4, setting the stage for action to 2020. ICCM4 was also expected to review implementation aspects of emerging policy issues and other issues of concern, consider the sustainable development goals, discuss sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020, review the proposed activities and approve the budget for the secretariat as well as decide on the date for the total closure of the Quick Start Program (QSP) Trust Fund.
The ICCM provides a platform to call for appropriate action on emerging policy issues (EPI) as they arise and to forge consensus on priorities for cooperative action. So far, resolutions have been adopted on the following issues:
A. Lead in Paint
B. Chemicals in Products
C. Hazardous substance within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products
D. Nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials
E. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals
Other issues of concern have been acknowledged:
F. Perfluorinated chemicals
The following EPIs were discussed in ICCM4 include:
G. Highly Hazardous Pesticides
H. Environmentally Persistent Pharmaceutical Pollutants
The fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM 4), held in Geneva, Switzerland from 28 Sept to 2 October 2015 decided to initiate an intersessional process to prepare recommendations regarding the Strategic Approach and sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 before the fifth session of the Conference in 2020.
Recommendations developed by the intersessional process will provide an important basis for decision-making regarding the Strategic Approach and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 at the fifth session of the Conference in 2020.
The first meeting of the intersessional process is currently going on in Brasilia, Brazil. It started on 7 and will end on 9 February 2017,
WELFARE TOGO submitted a thought -starter paper explaining what need to be done in order to ensure SAICM delivers beyond the 2020 deadline and under the 2030 (SDGs) timeframe.
You will find attached a draft of the submission from WELFARE TOGO: