Background

In September 2015, the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management, through resolution IV/4, initiated an intersessional process to prepare recommendations regarding the Strategic Approach and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020.

2022 Activities

"Stakeholder workshop: Strengthening integrated chemicals and waste management:

How can a future framework beyond 2020 ensure effective engagement of all key stakeholders?”

A multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder workshop, Bucharest, Romania, 26 August 2022

At the 2022 regional SAICM meetings, the Inter Organization Programme of the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) indicated that there could be value in strengthening integrated chemicals and waste management. An important aspect of this approach is to ensure that all key sectors and actors in the value chain effectively engage in, and contribute to, achieving the objectives of a future approach to chemicals and waste management beyond 2020.

Furthermore, in June 2022, the IOMC and the SAICM Secretariat organized a side event at the BRS COPs to introduce proposed elements of integrated chemicals and waste management and to share the experience of some of the IOMC organizations. Participants demonstrated interest in the approach.

Drawing upon relevant features in the SAICM Overarching Policy Strategy, a refined integrated management approach could include three important dimensions: 1) Developing basic national chemical management systems and capacities in all countries; 2) Integrating chemicals management in key industry sectors and product value chains; and 3) Integrating chemicals management with sustainable development issues and initiatives.

To give stakeholders the opportunity to discuss integrated management further and explore its relevance (or certain elements of it) for the “Beyond 2020” framework, IOMC is organising a 1-day interactive multisectoral and multi-stakeholder workshop on 26 August 2022, in advance of IP4 in Bucharest, Romania. Considerations of the IOMC, as well as input from other stakeholders will inform the workshop and its working groups. Outcomes may include suggestions to strengthen integrated management at all levels and to refine relevant “Beyond 2020” strategic objectives and targets currently under development.

The workshop constitutes the latest in a series of interactive workshops to support the intersessional process for the strategic approach and sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020. 

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