Adopted by the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) on 6 February 2006 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to foster the sound management of chemicals.
SAICM was developed by a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral Preparatory Committee and supports the achievement of the goal agreed at the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development of ensuring that, by the year 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health.
The fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) took place in Geneva from 28 September to 2 October, 2015.
The post-2015 Development Agenda provides a historic opportunity to place sound management of chemicals and waste at the heart of sustainable development. ICCM4 facilitated the exchange needed to promote sharing of resources and forging of partnerships.
The high-level segment provided a platform for discussing ways that SAICM can contribute to implementing and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The segment also sought to inspire wider stakeholder engagement and renewed commitment to implementing the Strategic Approach.