Regional Activities

SAICM regional activities follows the informal regional structure of the United Nations General Assembly comprising the following regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Western Europe and Other Groups.

The International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) decided its resolution I/1 that intersessional work should be promoted through, among other things, regional meetings.

The SAICM Overarching Policy Strategy, in paragraph 26, indicates that the functions of the regional meetings include

  • To review progress on implementation of the Strategic Approach within the regions; 
  • To provide guidance on implementation to all stakeholders at a regional level; 
  • To enable technical and strategic discussions and exchange of information to take place. 

Since the adoption of SAICM in February 2006, all regions have had at least one regional meeting and there have also been a number of subregional meetings, generously supported by a number of donor and host Governments. 

Each region has a regional focal point. At their first regional meetings, several regions developed terms of reference to guide the work of their focal points. The African, Central and Eastern European, and Latin American and Caribbean regions have established regional coordination bodies.

2018 SAICM Regional meetings

Asia Pacific
23-25 January 2018, Bangkok, Thailand
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Latin American and Caribbean
29-31 January 2018, Panama City, Panama
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6-8 February 2018, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
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9 February 2018, Paris, France
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Central and Eastern Europe
19-21 February 2018, Lodz, Poland
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2018 Workshops back-to-back with Minamata Convention COP-2

Information sessions on the SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 process and its relevance to the Minamata Convention, held back-to-back with the Minamata Convention preparatory regional meetings for the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties.

11 October 2018, Lusaka, Zambia
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Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia
18 October 2018, Chisinau, Moldova
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Asia and the Pacific
25 October 2018, Bangkok, Thailand
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Latin America and the Caribbean
29 October 2018, Lima, Peru
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