More protection from hazardous chemicals

We are  in Bangkok for the 3rd meeting of the intersessional process considering the Strategic Approach and sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHP), Chemicals in Products (CiP) among others came up as Emerging Policy Issues (EPIs) and Issues of Concern (IoCs) under SAICM. However, in many countries these issues are not high on the political agenda. Although the independent evaluator of SAICM 2006-2015 reported that the SAICM stakeholders see some progress in addressing the IoCs, these advances are mainly limited to information collection, and few concrete risk elimination or risk reduction measures have been undertaken.

We want to make progress on the SAICM Issues of Concern, to reach more protection from hazardous chemicals for health and environment. We have therefore, together with a group of NGOs, submitted a proposal to the SAICM Secretariat on a “New Mechanism of Action: criteria for elevation of obligations to progress SAICM Issues of Concerns (IoCs) in the post 2020 multilateral regime for chemicals and waste”. This paper will be presented during a side event and is also available in German.

Side event

New mechanism of action: how to progress SAICM Issues of Concern (IoCs) beyond 2020 – Tuesday 1 October, 13.15-14.30, in Bangkok, UN.

We will share, together  with different stakeholders from the NGO sector worldwide, our knowledge and findings on “criteria for issues of concern“ during these event