SAICM Emerging Policy Issues and Other Issues of Concern

One of the functions of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) as identified in the SAICM Overarching Policy Strategy (paragragh 24.j) is to call for appropriate action on emerging policy issues as they arise and to forge consensus on priorities for cooperative action.

So far resolutions have been adopted on the following eight emerging policy issues and other issues of concern at ICCM2, ICCM3 and / or ICCM4:

The resolutions adopted recognize the policy imperatives to address identified concerns, agree on the actions needed and request specific stakeholders to consider undertaking certain actions.

Future emerging policy issues

An open and transparent procedure is set out in annex to resolution II/4 by the conference which explains the procedures to be followed by the secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management in receiving nominations for emerging policy issues and preparing them for future consideration.

International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2018

From 21 to 27 October 2018 the international lead poisoning prevention week of action will take place, with a particular focus on eliminating lead paint. Lead poisoning is preventable, yet the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has estimated that, based on 2016 data, lead exposure accounted for 540 000 deaths and 13.9 million years lost to disability and death due to long-term effects on health, with the highest burden in developing regions. Of particular concern is the role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children. Even though there is wide recognition of this problem and many countries have taken action, exposure to lead, particularly in childhood, remains of key concern to health care providers and public health officials worldwide. The official website for the ILPPW is maintained by the World Health Organization.

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