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First session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1)
Dubai, 4-6 February 2006

The first session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1) gathered Governments and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 4 to 6 February 2006. The session was the culmination of a process of negotiation between Governments, Intergovernmental organiyations, non-governmental organizations and others within the framework of the Preparatory Committee for the Development of a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.

The Committee had been established in response to decision SS.VII/3 of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council, of 15 February 2002, which called for the development of a strategic approach to international chemicals management, work on which was subsequently endorsed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2002 and the High-level Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2005. ICCM1 adopted the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and sets out strategic priorities, institutional arrangements, terms of reference for the Quick Start Programme programme, amongst others things for its implementation.

The conference took place from Saturday 4 to Monday 6 February 2006 at the Dubai International Convention Centre (also known as the World Trade Centre), United Arab Emirates. ICCM preceded the ninth special session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, held in the same venue from 7 to 9 February 2006.

Report of the ICCM on the work of its first session word 25pdf 25

Compilation of ICCM press articles

UNEP Press release

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