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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 WEDNESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2006

 

On Wednesday, IFCS-V (Forum V) participants met in plenary in the morning, and in working groups during the afternoon and late into the night. In the morning, participants addressed the issues of possible future topics for the Forum, and toys and chemical safety. The working group on heavy metals met at lunchtime and throughout the evening. The working groups on the future of IFCS and on toys and chemical safety met in the afternoon.


Georg Karlaganis (Switzerland) introduced the session on possible future topics for IFCS by demonstrating the water-repellent properties of his nanoparticle-coated tie.

 

THE FUTURE OF IFCS

 
     
  John Shoaff (USA) cautioned against duplicating the work of other institutions.   Ibrahim Shafii (Basel Convention)  
 
     
  Cheikh Ndiaye Sylla (Senegal) said that nanotechnology was not beyond the interests of developing countries.   Osvaldo Alvarez (Chile, on behalf of GRULAC) highlighted the value of IFCS for the exchange of scientific information.  
       
  Bjørn Erikson (ICFTU) said priority should be given to examining topics in "Table C."   Hans Moshammer (ISDE) supported including nanotechnology as a future topic.   Sarojeni V. Rengam (PAN Asia and Pacific) suggested discussing alternatives and substitute materials for hazardous materials.  

TOYS AND CHEMICAL SAFETY

 
     
  Katherine Shea (IFCS Advisor) highlighted major issues on toys and chemical safety.   Ravi Agarwal (Toxics Link) highlighted a recent study on lead and cadmium in soft plastic toys in India.  
 
     
  Julio Monreal Urrutia (IFCS Vice President Latin American and Caribbean Region) underscored the lack of specific information at the international level on the effects of toluene on children.   Steve Clarkson (Health Canada, Canada) elaborated on Canada’s Hazardous Products Act.  
 
       
  Mariann Lloyd-Smith (IPEN) called for a global market surveillance programme.   Iran said that traditional toys are better than computer games.   Yu Fei (China) underscored its National Safety Technical Code for Toys.  
 
       
  Per Nylykke (Denmark) stressed the need for precaution and the regulation of toys by producer countries.   Jean Claude Carré (Haiti) urged consideration of an international ban on exporting toys containing dangerous chemicals.   Mario Yarto (Mexico) called for tests to establish the chemical content of toys.  

LUNCHTIME SIDE EVENTS

 
UNITAR presented: GHS Implementation: Contributing to National Chemical Safety and Sustainable Development. From left to right: Jonathan Krueger (UNITAR), Bjørn Erikson (ICFTU), Roque Luis Mion Puiatti (Ministry of Labour, Brazil), Wolfgang Hehn (European Commission), Leslie Hushka (ICCA), and John Shoaff (EPA, USA).
 
PAN presented: Ecological, Sound & Integrated Pest Management, and Integrated Pest Vector Management. From left to right: Francis Morales (Metsa Foundation, Philippines), Elsa Nivia (PAN Latin America), Virgie Dammy (Apit Tako, Philippines), Margaret Reeves (PAN North America), and Alexander von Hilderbrand (WHO).

AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON THE FUTURE OF IFCS

Participants worked on a revised draft text with a number of square bracketed sections.
 
       
  John Roberts (UK)   Monika Luxem (Germany)   Kathleen Kunzer (ICCA)  
 
       
  Jumidu Katima (Tanzania)   Gonzalo Entenza (Argentina)   Jean-Louis Maurer (France)  
 
     
  From right to left: Zoltán Szabo and Kristof Kozak (both from Hungary)   From left to right: Takashi Fukushima (Japan) and David Brown (USA)  

AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON HEAVY METALS

Participants met in the afternoon and evening and continued negotiation line-by-line of the draft version of the Budapest [Declaration] on mercury, lead and cadmium.
 
       
  Mahmood A. Khwaja (SDPI)   Henrik H. Eriksen (Norway)   Barbara Perthen-Palmisano (Austria)  
 
       
  Elena Lymberidi (EEB)   Susan Keane (NRDC)   Nelson Manda (Zambia)  

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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

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Second Session of the IFCS
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