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Second Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM)

15-17 December 2014 | Geneva, Switzerland

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OEWG2
Lac Léman in Geneva
From L-R: Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, Head, UNEP Chemicals Branch; Richard Lesiyampe, ICCM4 President; and Jacob Duer, SAICM Secretariat
Lac Léman in Geneva
Highlights for Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The second meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG2) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) convened for its final day of deliberations on Wednesday, 17 December 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland. The day opened with reports from the OOG and EPI Contact Groups and the Friends of the Chair Group on HHPs. Delegates then discussed planned activities and draft budget of the Secretariat for the period 2016–2020 and preparations for ICCM4. Delegates also held a moment of silence in commemoration of the recent deaths of Theo Colborn, a scientist and co-author of "Our Stolen Future" on EDCs, and Matthew Gubb, former SAICM Coordinator. In the afternoon delegates examined and offered corrections to the meeting report and heard closing statements. UNEP Chemicals Branch Head Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, who will retire before ICCM4, gave a farewell speech and received a gift of appreciation from the African Group for her years of service in the chemicals field.

The ENB summary and analysis of OEWG2 will be available on this page on Saturday, 20 December 2014.
Leticia Reis de Carvalho, Brazil
Suzana Andonova, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Jill Hanna, EU
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Cheryl Beillard, Canada and Marcus Richards, OEWG2 Rapporteur
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Richard Lesiyampe, ICCM4 President and Jacob Duer, SAICM Secretariat
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Benin for the African Group delivers a retirement gift of appreciation to Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, Head, UNEP Chemicals Branch
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Benin for the African Group delivers a retirement gift of appreciation to Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, Head, UNEP Chemicals Branch
Highlights for Tuesday, 16 December 2014
OEWG2 resumed work in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 with reports from the co-chairs of the two contact groups on the Overall Orientation and Guidance (OOG) and on the SDGs and sound chemicals management beyond 2020. In the morning, the OEWG discussed progress on existing Emerging Policy Issues (EPI). In the afternoon, the OEWG addressed the candidacy of environmentally persistent pharmaceutical pollutants (EPPPs) as a new EPI, and discussed other issues of concern, namely highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) and perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). In the evening the OOG Contact Group met again to review the draft co-chair’s summary of inputs offered by the group, a new contact group addressed EPPPs and a draft resolution on nanotechnology, and a Friends of the Chair group met on HHPs.
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View of the plenary during the morning session
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Jürgen Helbig, EU
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Francis Kihumba, Kenya
Oladele Osibanjo, Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Africa
Thomas Jacob, ICCA
Beth Jensen, Outdoor Industry Association
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View of the dais during the plenary
Highlights for Monday, 15 December 2014
OEWG2 opened at the International Conference Centre in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, 15 December 2014. In the morning, participants heard opening statements from the ICCM4 President and the Head of UNEP Chemicals Branch. Discussions began on progress and gaps towards the achievement of the 2020 goal, first discussing regional achievements, strengths and challenges, progress in achieving the objectives of the SAICM Overarching Policy Strategy (OPS), and the implementation of the health sector strategy. In the afternoon the OEWG examined the draft Overall Orientation and Guidance (OOG) for achieving the 2020 goal, and the SDGs and sound chemicals management beyond 2020. Two contact groups were formed, one on the OOG, the other on the SDGs and chemicals management beyond 2020.
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Bird's eye view of the plenary session
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From L-R: Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, Head, UNEP Chemicals Branch; Richard Lesiyampe, ICCM4 President; Jacob Duer, SAICM Secretariat; Masa Nagai, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, UNEP
Jacob Duer, SAICM Secretariat
Fatoumata Keita-Ouane, Head, UNEP Chemicals Branch
Richard Lesiyampe, ICCM4 President
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