23 May 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – From 21-23 May 2013, a major “GHS Review Conference for Southeast Asia (SE Asia)” was held in Kuala Lumpur involving over 80 participants from the 10 SE Asian countries of ASEAN, PR China, Japan, local and regional industry organizations, consumers organizations, NGOs, academia, and relevant international agencies. The purpose of the Conference was to share experiences and approaches to GHS implementation, take stock of progress to date, explore areas for collaboration and training, and develop joint and shared approaches to capacity building at the national and regional levels. The event was jointly organized through the collaboration of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of the Government of Malaysia, University of Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), UNITAR, and ILO, with financial support from the Government of Switzerland and the European Union.

In the context of the UNITAR/ILO Global GHS Capacity Building Programme, and funded by the European Union, the Conference was the final major activity in a three-year project to strengthen national and regional capacities to implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in countries of SE Asia, which was  initiated in January 2010.

All Conference materials (presentations, proceedings, photos, etc), are being made available on the Conference webpage.

For local media coverage of the event, please click here.

The Conference was proceeded by a one-day “GHS Training Workshop for Occupational Safety and Health in Southeast Asia,” attended by 50 national and regional specialists, on 20 May.