In keeping with the schedule of the International Conference on Chemicals Management as provided for in the Overarching Policy Strategy of the Strategic Approach, the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) took place in Geneva, from 28 September to 2 October 2015.
ICCM4 marked a major milestone as it was the last decision-making meeting in the context of the Strategic Approach scheduled to take place before 2020. Stakeholders made full use of the Conference to identify the remaining challenges and adopt strategic decisions to enable the international community to achieve the 2020 goal of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
The Conference, amongst other things, evaluated regional and sectoral implementation, addressed emerging policy issues, discussed sound management of chemicals in the context of the sustainable development goals and considered SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020.
ICCM4 adopted five resolutions related to the following:
I. Implementation towards the achievement of the 2020 goal
II. Emerging policy issues, including adopting a new area of work on environmentally persistent pharmaceutical pollutants
III. Addressing highly hazardous pesticides
IV. SAICM and sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020
V. Activities and budget of the SAICM secretariat.
ICCM4 also featured a high-level segment, incorporating opportunities for formal statements, as well as other special events.