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PREPCOM 3 for the Further Development of a
Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

Vienna | 19-24 September 2005
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SAICM PrepCom-3 tackles substantive issues

On Tuesday, participants at SAICM PrepCom-3 convened in plenary in morning and afternoon sessions to discuss the overarching policy strategy. A contact group on the global plan of action met throughout the day, and another on financial considerations met in the afternoon.


Tuesday, 20 September
Plenary


Nigeria welcomed SAICM's focus on the protection of the environment and human health.

On behalf of the EU, Colin Church, UK, opposed deleting references to precaution in the section on risk reduction.

David van Hoogstraten, United States, said that the introductory paragraph should recognize existing international mechanisms, and proposed replacing language on implementation with the phrase "achieving goals is voluntary."

Prodipto Ghosh of India suggested considering the environmental impacts of all chemicals, and asked to delete the specific list of stakeholders.

Desiree Narvaez, the Philippines, asked to retain the multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral approach, to be followed by a detailed list of stakeholders.

Raphael Azeredo, Brazil, facilitated a small drafting group to revise the introductory text of the overarching policy strategy.

S. Ali. M. Mousavi, Islamic Republic of Iran, stressed the importance of technology transfer to developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

Tarek Eid El Ruby, Egypt, said that the SAICM, as a brand new forum for action, requires adequate and sufficient resources to ensure its implementation.

Andrea Flava of the International Chamber of Commerce called for greater rigor in the scope, and asked not to introduce indirect controls that would inhibit the production of certain products.

Henrik Eriksen, Norway, introduced a proposal drafted with Switzerland to guide policy on substances that pose unmanageable risks.

Paivan Baichoo, International Labour Organization, said that the governing bodies of the relevant international organizations should propose prioritization of the SAICM objectives.

George Krhoda, Kenya, recognized the role of the media in disseminating information about the risks of chemicals.

Rosalind Salindeho, Indonesia, called for additional resources to fund the SAICM process.

Yu Fei, China, made it clear that without financial support, developing countries cannot prioritize chemicals management, and although SAICM is voluntary, governments should honor commitments and promises made.

Speaking for IPEN, Mariann Lloyd-Smith proposed adding neurotoxicants and immunotoxicants to the list of substances that pose unmanageable risks.

David Brown, United States, tabled its proposal on the overarching policy strategy, introducing a number of controversial deletions and additions.

Judy Beaumont, South Africa, noted that information on risks of certain products should not be covered by the confidentiality provision.

John Arsenau, Canada, suggested balancing confidentiality and access to information.
Contact Groups

The contact group on the global plan of action, chaired by Jamidu Katima, Tanzania, discussed the nature of the document, agreed to a compromise text referring to voluntary activities, and accepted a proposal linking the overarching policy strategy and the global plan of action.

Delegations discussed industry involvement, internalization of costs, information exchange and voluntary participation in the contact group on financial considerations.
Around PrepCom-3

John Buccini, Director of UNEP Chemicals, conferred with PrepCom-3 President Viveka Bohn before the day's session.

ENB's Paula Barrios asked Mexico's Daniel Chacón Anaya a question.

Delegates conferred during a break in proceedings.

Delegates from intergovernmental organizations discussed documentation during plenary.

Related Links

SAICM web site
PrepCom 3 meeting documents
UNEP Chemicals Unit
IFCS web site
Rotterdam Convention web site

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