The third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay from 2-4 April 2019. It will be preceded by regional meetings and a technical briefing on 1 April 2019. Executive Director of ESDO and Director of Asian Center for Environmental Health, Ms. Siddika Sultana has also attended the conference.
ICCM is the top decision-making body of the voluntary multi-stakeholder, multi-sectoral policy framework known as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM or Strategic Approach). The OEWG’s primary role is to prepare for ICCM sessions and to guide SAICM intersessionally.
OEWG3 will have four principal tasks:
1st day of the conference has passed, here is the update of the 1st day given below:
Delegates to the third Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) gathered at the Antel Arena in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Monday, 1 April 2019, for a pre-session set of “technical briefings.” One briefing featured a “deep dive” into the second edition of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Global Chemicals Outlook (CGO II), hosted by UNEP. The other featured a dialogue hosted by the Government of Germany on an improved enabling framework on chemicals and waste, with a view to helping inform discussions planned during OEWG3 on a post-2020 platform.
The dialogue on an improved enabling framework heard presentations on lessons learned from the global biodiversity governance process, including the implementation of the Aichi Targets and the negotiations for a post-2020 framework, and on the findings of the report commissioned by the German Environment Agency from Adelphi and Summit Outcomes on “Global Governance on Chemicals and Waste.” The meeting then broke into four smaller groups to brainstorm on:
The GCO II discussion focused on six distinct sessions which followed the structure of the GCO II.
Delegates reflected on, inter alia:
Among the session’s highlights were:
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