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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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"Sleepless in Vienna" at SAICM PrepCom-3

On the fifth day of the SAICM PrepCom-3, discussions continued in plenary on the overarching policy strategy (OPS) in morning and evening sessions. Contact groups on financial considerations, implementation, and principles and approaches, and several small drafting groups, met throughout the day. Above, delegates Emmanuella Ngenzebuhoro (Burundi), Ivana Halle (Croatia) and Hyo Jung Kim (Republic of Korea) discuss a document during the lunch break.


Friday, 23 September
Plenary

Speaking for a group of small low-lying island nations (SLLINs), A. K. Matei, Kiribati, urged countries to find alternatives to using chemicals, highlighting the need for financial and technical assistance to SLLINs.

Okechukwu Ibeanu UN Special Rapporteur on Toxic Wastes, suggested that the high-level declaration acknowledge the importance to human rights of sound management of chemicals, and stressed public participation in the SAICM process as a right.

Speaking for the EU, Colin Church, UK, called for reintroducing references to enforcement of national regulations and compliance with chemicals-related international agreements.

Koulibaly Moussa, Niger, spoke on meaningful and active participation by civil society in regulatory and other decision-making processes.

Rajae Chafil, Morocco, suggested that countries should support the invention and development of "less harmful" chemicals.

Andrea Fava, International Chamber of Commerce, proposed harmonizing text on civil society with segments defined in Agenda 21.

Tim M'Mella, Kenya, proposed wording to support the invention and development of chemicals that are "not harmful."

Ouro-Djeri Essowê, Togo, said participation should not be limited to "through consultation."

Yahya Khamis Msangi, ICFTU, opposed retaining references to industry's Responsible Care program.

Glenn Wiser, CIEL, suggested the phrase "indigenous communities."

Seham Hussein, Egypt, supported retaining language on the transfer of appropriate and clean technology.

Sarojeni Rengam, PAN, opposed deletion of a paragraph on equal participation of women in decision-making.

Henri Soclo, Benin, said indigenous people should not be singled out as a group.

Felipe Ditren, Dominican Republic, supported merging redundant paragraphs.

Thomas Jacob, ICCA, supported retaining reference to Responsible Care.

Bettina Hitzfeld, Switzerland, suggested the word "toxic" rather than "harmful."

Pablo Issaly, Argentina, supported retaining text on illegal international traffic.

Boris Kurlyandskiy, Russian Federation, agreed with the phrase "indigenous communities."

Jamidu Katima, Tanzania, introduced the draft global plan of action executive summary, which had been discussed by a working group he chaired.

Norway supported proposals to delete reference to Responsible Care.

Jim Willis, United States, supported reference to voluntary activities under the SAICM.

Contact Groups

The contact group on financial considerations discussed industry partnerships, the preamble and a number of other sections.

The contact group on implementation could not agree on whether to refer to the international arrangement as an oversight body or as a periodic review process throughout the text.

Donald Hannah, New Zealand, chaired a contact group which met in the afternoon and evening to consider the section on principles and approaches of the draft overarching policy strategy.
Around PrepCom-3

Raphael Azeredo, Brazil, chaired a drafting group on conference room papers 20 and 21.

Numerous drafting groups and regional break-out groups met throughout the day on a variety of topics, in any space available - even the café.

Before plenary resumed for the evening, President Bohn and members of the secretariat conferred with delegates from US and Belgium.

The sun shone brightly today, but few delegates ventured outside to see it.

Related Links

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

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