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Tribute to Matthew Gubb

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It is with great sadness that the SAICM secretariat learnt of the passing of Mr Matthew Gubb on 4 May 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer. Matthew spent over 13 years of his professional career working with UNEP, during which he served in various positions, most notably for our stakeholders as the first coordinator of the SAICM secretariat. Matthew was instrumental in the setup of SAICM, from its early beginnings with the prep-coms until 2011, when he was able to transfer duties to the new coordinator following his appointment as the coordinator of the Mercury negotiations. He also spent time in Osaka as Director of the International Environment Technology Centre (IETC) and more recently returned to Geneva as Senior Advisor to the Chemicals Branch in UNEP.

On behalf of SAICM stakeholders, we will continue to remember the excellent work Matthew did for the chemicals community and thank him for the foundations upon which we now build to achieve the sound management of chemicals by 2020. For all who knew and worked with Matthew, we will remember him for his professionalism, his calm and productive approach to challenges, his dedication to excellent outcomes and his sense of humour.

May he rest in peace.


Fundraising for OEWG2 - 15-17 Dec 2014


The second session of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) is planned in Geneva in  December 2014.  OEWG2 will be an important arena for discussions among stakeholders regarding necessary steps and priority actions for the five years up to 2020.

However, funds are yet to be secured so we appeal to all stakeholders in a position to do so, to contribute to the convening of OEWG2, with an estimated budget of US$1.3 million. As of 8 July 2014, SAICM received pledges for approximately US$404,000, with thanks to Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Therefore, there is still a long way to go before we are able to host a successful and comprehensive meeting.

For those who would like to discuss contributing to the hosting of OEWG2, please contact the SAICM secretariat.

World Environment Day 5 June 2014

Please go to the WED webpage for more information and help spread the word of World Environment Day 2014 to all SAICM stakeholders


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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.

Progress in the implementation of SAICM was reviewed at the third session of the ICCM held from 17 to 21 September 2012.

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