The Second International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) began in Geneva today with the aim of assessing progress on the lengthy action plan known as the strategic international approach to chemicals management (SAICM) as well as reviewing its own modus operandi.
ICCM2 will also consider the future of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (CW 23 September 2008) as well as four emerging policy issues: nanotechnology, electronic waste, lead in paints and chemicals in products. Chemical Watch previewed the meeting in CW Briefing March 2009.
Opening the conference UN Environment Programme executive director Achim Steiner, fresh from gruelling talks at the Stockholm Convention meeting that ended at the weekend (CW 11 May 2009), said: "ICCM2 is the opportunity for the international community to focus on today’s pressing chemicals issues that pose risks to health and the environment. It is unique in bringing high-level policy shapers and implementers from the public and private sectors together to address these issues that are of concern to all of us. It will help us to make significant progress along the road to a sustainable 21st century green economy”.
Alongside the official negotiations, industry groups and NGOs are expected to make statements through the week on progress since the first ICCM in Dubai in 2006.