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Third Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-3)

17-21 September 2012 | Nairobi, Kenya

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Highlights for Friday, 21 September 2012
SAICM

ICCM-3 reconvened on Friday, 21 September in Nairobi, Kenya for the last day of negotiations. Delegates gathered in morning plenary to hear: updates on progress in the two contact groups on emerging policies and on financial and technical resources for implementation as well as the Budget Group; and address the agenda items on the scheduling of ICCM-4, election of the ICCM-4 Bureau members and the report of the Credentials Committee.

Following the updates and the election of the members of the Bureau for ICCM-4, plenary was adjourned at 11.30am to allow the two contact groups and the budget group to further consider their deliberations.

The contact group on financial and technical resources for implementation reached an agreement on the extension of the QSP to ICCM 4, and acknowledges that SAICM should be an integral part of the long-term financing, as described in the UNEP ED’s proposal.

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"Urgency from a Polar Region," a white copper sculpture by Yuan Xikun
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Tim Kasten, Head, UNEP Chemicals, Johanna Lissinger-Peitz, President of ICCM-3, Leonor Alvarado, Coordinator of SAICM, 
and Masa Nagai, UNEP Legal Officer in plenary session
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Delegates reviewing text before session
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Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland, and Adel Shafei Osman, Egypt
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Barry Reville, Australia
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David Kapindula, Zambia
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Highlights for Thursday, 20 September 2012

ICCM-3 reconvened on Thursday, 20 September in Nairobi, Kenya. Throughout the day, delegates convened in plenary for the High-Level Dialogue (HLD). This Dialogue gathered a number of high-level speakers from governments, industry, civil society and organizations under the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) to discuss strengthening SAICM for more effective implementation. Key issues emerging from the HLD included: the importance of the QSP, particularly in national chemical profiling to set agendas and priorities; the need to build on best practices and lessons learned for sound chemicals management; the importance of the life-cycle approach and engaging down-stream users; regional, inter-regional and national cooperation for sound chemicals management; and the important role the private sector can play in chemicals management.

The contact group on emerging policy issues met throughout the morning to continue its deliberations on hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products, nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). In its report back to plenary, the group said that first reviews of the resolutions on nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials, and EDCs, respectively, had been completed, but a number of issues still needed to be resolved. In the afternoon, the contact group on financial and technical resources for implementation resumed its discussions on extending the QSP as well as reviewing the UNEP ED’s proposal on financing for chemicals and wastes. The Conference heard that most delegates had supported the Co-Chairs’ text on the QSP, and that discussions on the ED’s proposal were still ongoing. The Budget Group was scheduled to resume its deliberations in the evening.

Both contact groups, as well as the Budget Group, met late into the night.

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High-Level Dialogue panelists L-R: Maria Neira, WHO; Lazar Chirica, Moldova’s Deputy Environment Minister; Calvin Dooley, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Chemistry Council; Joe DiGangi, IPEN; Remi Allah-Kouadio, Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development; Sophia Danenberg, The Boeing Company; Tiarite Kwong, Kiribati’s Minister of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development; and Per Nylykke, Danish Ministry of Environment.
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Per Nylykke, Denmark, and Björn Hansen, European Commission
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Members of GRULAC consulting
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Ali Mohamed, Kenyan Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources
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Seif Suleiman Rashid, Tanzania's Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare
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Highlights for Wednesday, 19 September 2012

ICCM-3 reconvened on Wednesday, 19 September in Nairobi, Kenya. Delegates met in the morning plenary session to hear progress reports from the contact groups on emerging policy issues, and financial and technical resources. The plenary also addressed: implementation of and coherence among international instruments and programmes; information exchange and scientific and technical cooperation; and the health sector strategy. The contact group on financial and technical resources met throughout the day to continue its deliberations in parallel with plenary.

In the afternoon, the contact group on emerging policy issues resumed discussions on hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products and on nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials. The plenary session considered the agenda items on cooperation with intergovernmental organizations, and activities of the Secretariat and adoption of the budget.

Delegates’ discussions reflected a general spirit of cooperation, although much work remains to be done to reach agreement on the remaining emerging policy issues and on financial and technical resources. In both the morning and the afternoon’s discussions, delegates expressed concern about future financial arrangements, with many lamenting that the current financial crisis has continued to place a strain on disbursements from donors. A budget group was established to address the draft indicative budget for 2013 – 2015, as well as the activities of the Secretariat.

The budget group as well as the contact groups on emerging policy issues and on financial and technical resources met in the evening, and will report back to plenary on Thursday, 20 September.

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Delegates conferring before the morning session.
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Elsa Miranda, Indonesia
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Sunee Piyapapong, Thailand
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Naser Albhaisi, Palestine and Murad Alfakih, Yemen
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Members of the African Group reviewing text.
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Highlights for Tuesday, 18 September 2012

ICCM-3 reconvened on Tuesday, 18 September in Nairobi, Kenya. In the morning, delegates met in plenary to continue discussions on emerging policy issues and addition of activities to the GPA. In the afternoon, delegates addressed financial and technical resources for implementation. The contact group on emerging policy issues resumed its discussions on lead in paint and chemicals in products. Delegates dealt swiftly with emerging policy issues and the addition of activities to the GPA, although there was some debate on managing perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and the transition to safer alternatives.

The afternoon’s discussions on financial and technical resources discussed possible options for future funding arrangements, including the options under the UNEP ED’s report on possible long-term financing options for chemicals and wastes. An additional proposal was tabled to extend the QSP until a until a long-term financing solution is put into place. A contact group was established to further consider the issue.

The contact groups on emerging policy issues and on financial and technical resources met in the evening, and will report back to plenary on Wednesday, 19 September.

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Delegates during the morning plenary session
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Alejandro Rivera, Mexico
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Diop Fagamou, Senegal
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Co-Chairs Cheryl Baillard, Canada and Marcus Richards, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Diogo Coehlo, Brazil
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Highlights for Monday, 17 September 2012

ICCM-3 opened on Monday, 17 September, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. In the morning, delegates met in an opening session and heard statements by Chirau Ali Makwere, Kenya’s Minister for the Environment and Mineral Resources, and Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme’s Executive Director (UNEP ED). They also considered organizational matters, and adopted the agenda

In the afternoon, the Conference discussed the evaluation and progress in implementing SAICM, including regional progress reports as well as hearing a report on the 20 indicators of reporting on progress. They further discussed emerging issues such as lead in paint, chemicals in products and hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products and established a contact group for further deliberations on the two issues.

In the evening, ICCM-3 delegates met in a contact group on emerging policy issues. They also attended a reception hosted by the government of Kenya.

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Chirau Ali Makwere,
Kenya’s Minister for the Environment and Mineral Resources
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Achim Steiner,
Executive Director, UNEP
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Jack Weinberg, the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
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David Piper, UNEP Chemicals
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Delegates in the afternoon session

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Related Links
SAICM resources
*Meeting website
*Annotated provisional agenda
*Meeting documents
*Scenario note
*Timetable
*Exhibition and side-events
*Introductory letter from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director and the World Health Organization (WHO) Director Generals
*SAICM texts

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Third Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Regional Meeting on the SAICM, 2-3 June 2011, Panama City, Panama (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of ICCM2, 11-15 May 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Open-ended Legal and Technical Working Group (OELTWG) for ICCM2, 21-24 October 2008, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Sixth session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS VI), 15-19 September 2008, Dakar, Senegal
*IISD RS coverage of ICCM1, 4-6 February 2006, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
*IISD RS coverage of the Third session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Development of a SAICM, 19-24 September 2005, Vienna, Austria
*IISD RS coverage of SAICM PrepCom-2, 4-8 October 2004, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of SAICM PrepCom-1, 9-13 November 2003, United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand
*IISD RS archive of meetings on chemicals management, and backgrounder
*Chemicals-L - A news and announcement list on chemicals news and policy developments
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
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*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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