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Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Forum On Chemical Safety

25-29 September 2006 | Budapest, Hungary


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HIGHLIGHTS FOR TUESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2006

 
IFCS-V (Forum V) met in plenary throughout Tuesday. In the morning, participants addressed the issue of applying precaution in the context of chemical safety, including expert presentations. In the afternoon, delegates tackled the need for further global action on heavy metals and the widening gap among countries in following chemical safety policies. In addition, the ad hoc working group on the future of IFCS met at lunchtime and in the evening, and two more working groups were convened, one on precaution and one on heavy metals.

 


Pesticide Action Network protests against the use of DDT.

 

PRECAUTION

 
     
  Joel Tickner (Lowell Center for Sustainable Production) expressed an interest in continuing dialogue on how decision-making under uncertainty can be enhanced.   John Shoaff (Environmental Protection Agency, USA) highlighted EPA’s Chemical Review Process.  
       
  Jesús Márin Ruiz (National Toxicology Center, Nicaragua) underlined the difficulties in banning specific pesticides under the Central American Customs Union.   Romeo F. Quijano (Pesticide Action Network) introduced the Community-Based Pesticides Action and Monitoring Project (CPAM).   Stephen Johnson (Alliance Boots, UK) outlined his company’s chemicals’ management and precaution strategy for consumer products.  
       
  Yona Amitai (Israel)   Mariann Lloyd-Smith (IPEN)   Gamal Allozy (Qatar)  

HEAVY METALS

 
     
  Hannu Braunschweiler (Finland) hoped that Forum V outcomes on heavy metals will feedback to SAICM, UNEP and LRTAP.   John Atherton (ICMM) favored partnerships as the most effective means to address the issue of heavy metals.  
       
  Jacqueline Álvarez (Uruguay).   Cheryl Beillard (Canada).   Maria Neira (WHO).  
 
     
  Elena Lymberidi (EEB) supported global reduction goals for mercury.   Matthew Gubb (SAICM Secretariat)  
 
     
  Anuar Mokhtar (Malaysia).   Wolfgang Hehn (European Commission).  

AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON THE FUTURE OF IFCS

 
Participants discussed which institutional arrangements could maximize synergies and cost effectiveness while contributing to SAICM implementation.
 
       
  David Brown (USA)   Marko Berglund (Finland)   Glenn Wiser (CIEL)  
 
       
  Franz Xaver Perrez (Switzerland)   Patricia Hoes (Canada)   Eva Sandberg (Sweden)  

AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON HEAVY METALS

 
Participants discussed the wording on a draft text on a Budapest Declaration or Recommendation about heavy metals.
 
       
  Rikke Holmberg (Denmark)   Michael Musenga (Zambia)   Abdouraman Bary (Burkina Faso)  
 
From left to right: Alo Babajide (University of Lagos), Abiola Olanipekun (Nigeria), and Jules de Kom (Suriname).

AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON PRECAUTION

 
Delegates meet to discuss next steps for action.

WHY DDT?

 
 

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Related Links

Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety website
Forum V: Chemical Safety for Sustainable Development
WHO | Forum V - Side Events
World Health Organization
UNEP Chemical Programme
UNEP – Strategic Approach to Internatinal Chemicals Management (SAICM)

Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)
International Programme on Chemical Safety
UNITAR Chemicals and Waste Management Programme
OECD Chemicals Programme

Links to ENB/YMB coverage

Fourth Session of the IFCS
Third Session of the IFCS
Second Session of the IFCS
Archives of IFCS meetings
ENB Coverage of meetings on Chemicals Management
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