Third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3), Nairobi 17-21 September 2012
The International Conference on Chemicals Management in its resolution II/6, established an Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) as its subsidiary body, with the purpose of ensuring that comprehensive and effective preparations are undertaken a few months prior to the Conference. Accordingly, the OEWG held its first meeting in Belgrade, the Republic of Serbia, from 15 to 18 November, 2011 to prepare for the third session of the Conference. The meeting report providing information on the conduct, proceedings, decisions made and resolutions adopted is available here.
Nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials:
Resolution OEWG.1/1/I recommends that activities relating to nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials be added to the Global Plan of Action and sets out a procedure for enabling stakeholders to comment on certain specific matters ahead of the third session of the Conference. The secretariat will compile the comments to inform discussion at the third session of the Conference which may then be aimed on considering the specific activities to be added. Information on the areas which comments were sought and how the comments are to be submitted to the secretariat was requested by 3 April 2012 (and extended until 23 April) can be obtained here.
Submissions received following the commenting period are available on the link below:
Hazardous substances within the life cycle of the electrical electronic products:
Decision OEWG.1/3/II recommends that new activities relating to hazardous substances within the life-cycle of electrical and electronic products be added to the Global Plan of Action and sets out a procedure for enabling stakeholders to comment on the proposed additions ahead of the third session of the Conference.
In accordance with the above decision, the secretariat in collaboration with Secretariat of the Basel Convention convened a task-team to undertake the review and incorporate the outcomes of the OEWG in the proposal
The task-team was comprised of Mr. David Kapindula (SAICM Regional Focal Point for Africa), Ms. Vilma Morales (Peru); Mr. Muhammed Omotola (SAICM Secretariat), Mr. Ibrahim Shaffi (Secretariat of the Basel Convention), Mr. Smail Alhilali (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), Prof. Oladele Osibanjo (Basel Convention Regional Coordinating Centre for Africa) and Mr. Joe Digangi (International POPs Elimination Network).
The revised proposal produced by the task-team is available here for comments.
Stakeholders were invited to review and submit comments on the proposal to the SAICM secretariat (
) using this form by 7 May 2012. After the deadline, the secretariat will compile all comments received and make them available to inform discussions at the third session of the Conference.
The proposal produced by the OEWG is also available here for ease of reference.
Reporting on steps taken to implement SAICM financial arrangements
Financial arrangements for the Strategic Approach are a key part of section V of the Overarching Policy Strategy (OPS) of the Strategic Approach. Resolution II/3 of the International Conference on Chemicals Management recalling section V of the OPS invites all stakeholders, in particular those referred to in the resolution, to assess and report to the secretariat on the steps that they have taken to implement the Strategic Approach financial arrangements at the latest six months before the third session of the Conference and requests the secretariat to compile and synthesize these reports, including any additional relevant information, for consideration by the Conference at its third session.
Stakeholders are therefore invited to complete a reporting form on steps taken to implement SAICM financial arrangements. The reporting form, available here should be returned to the secretariat by 21 May 2012.
Health sector strategy
Minor clarifications made to the proposed strategy for strengthening the engagement of the health sector in implementation of the Strategic Approach