Reporting on SAICM implementation

Reporting on SAICM implementation is a key tool in assessing progress towards the achievement of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation’s goal of sound management of chemicals by 2020. It also helps to assess progress on the individual objectives set out in the SAICM texts.

The Overarching Policy Strategy, in paragraph 24, provides that the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) will undertake periodic reviews of SAICM. In doing so, it will receive reports from all relevant stakeholders on progress in SAICM implementation. The ICCM evaluates the implementation of SAICM with a view to reviewing progress against the 2020 target and taking strategic decisions, programming, prioritizing and updating the approach as necessary.

Paragraph 26 of the Overarching Policy Strategy also assigns to regional meetings a role in reviewing progress in SAICM implementation. The functions of the SAICM secretariat, which are set down in paragraph 28 of the Strategy, include reporting to the ICCM on implementation of SAICM by all participants.

ICCM4 requested the secretariat to develop a third progress report including achievements, strengths and weaknesses for the period 2014–2016 and an analysis of the 20 indicators of progress for consideration by the Open-ended Working Group at its third meeting. ICCM4 also directed the Open-ended Working Group to consider the need for a report for the period 2017–2019 for consideration by ICCM5.

Technical Expert Workshop on Indicators

3-5 September 2019, Cambridge, United Kingdom

A technical expert workshop on indicators, generously hosted by the Government of the United Kingdom,  was held from 3 to 5 September 2019 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The workshop was run by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

The overall objective of the workshop was for participating experts to:

  • Identify and review existing and potential new indicators and indicator criteria to enable assessment of global progress towards the proposed strategic objectives for chemicals and waste; and
  • Provide information to assist in further elaborating the targets to ensure they are Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART).

Workshop documents


  1. Workshop Objectives, Defra, Government of the United Kingdom
  2. SAICM and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste, SAICM
  3. Analysing targets to help develop indicators, UNEP-WCMC
  4. Developing Good Indicators, UNEP-WCMC
  5. Examples of environmental conventions reporting processes, UNEP-WCMC
  6. Health indicators of relevance to monitoring sound chemicals management: experience with SDG3 and the international health regulations, WHO
  7. Indicators experience from the Convention on Biological Diversity and the SDGs, UNEP-WCMC
  8. Public Interest NGOs Contribution to SAICM, IPEN and PAN‐Ethiopia
  9. Reflections for indicator development from an environmental health perspective, University of Cape Town
  10. Stakeholder contribution to SAICM and possible collaboration area’s, Cefic and ICCA
  11. Synergies with other processes, UNEP

Background documents

  1. SAICM Background Reading
  2. Key Knowledge for Successful Biodiversity Indicators
  3. SDG+CBD Indicator Factsheets
  4. Chemicals Indicator Workshop Report
  5. Reporting under international agreements
  6. Considerations for data
  7. ILO input towards the Beyond 2020 Indicator Development Process
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