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Reporting on SAICM implementation
Current draft documents  
Background
Developing Reporting Modalities for SAICM Implementation
International Project Steering Committee
Documents
Background

Reporting on SAICM implementation will be a key tool in assessing progress towards the achievement of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation’s goal of sound management of chemicals by 2020. It will also help assess progress on the individual objectives set out in the SAICM texts.

The Overarching Policy Strategy, in paragraph 24, provides that the ICCM will undertake periodic reviews of SAICM. In doing so, it will receive reports from all relevant stakeholders on progress in SAICM implementation. The ICCM will evaluate the implementation of SAICM with a view to reviewing progress against the 2020 target and taking strategic decisions, programming, prioritizing and updating the approach as necessary. Paragraph 26 of the Overarching Policy Strategy assigns to regional meetings a role in reviewing progress in SAICM implementation. The functions of the SAICM secretariat, which are set down in paragraph 28 of the Strategy, include reporting to the ICCM on implementation of SAICM by all participants.

Developing Reporting Modalities for SAICM Implementation
In order to assist the development of appropriate reporting modalities, the Government of Canada has initiated a project to develop guidance for the secretariat in consultation with stakeholders.  
This contribution to SAICM is intended to inform deliberations and decision-making at the second session of the ICCM scheduled for 2009 and other relevant international forums such as the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), where toxic chemicals are scheduled to be considered in the 2010-2011 biennium. The project will facilitate the preparation of a baseline report, the development of indicators for subsequent progress reports and the establishment of arrangements for gathering information from stakeholders, which would be considered at the second session of the ICCM.
Comments were provided by a range of stakeholders on the project proposal, which was also discussed at SAICM regional meetings. Following this positive feedback, further details of the project were presented in a launch briefing of 16 May 2007.
International Project Steering Committee (IPSC)
In April 2007, a letter was sent by the Government of Canada to SAICM regional focal points, NGO focal points, industry association representatives, the Quick Start Programme Executive Board and Trust Fund Implementation Committee as well as sponsors of the project inviting them to nominate a representative(s) to be part of an international project steering committee (IPSC).
With the support of the SAICM secretariat and an expert international consultant, the IPSC is tasked with developing user-friendly, informative and comprehensive indicators of progress in SAICM implementation, providing advice on appropriate modalities for reporting, drafting an outline for a baseline report, as well as identifying methods that can be used to compile data and analyze the SAICM indicators.
The IPSC held it first teleconference on 12 July 2007 to review initial draft indicators and to discuss its work plan leading to the second session of the ICCM. The second teleconference of the IPSC was held on 27 September to discuss new and revised documents. A third teleconference was held on 6 November 2007. The fourth teleconference was held on 11 December 2007. The fifth teleconference will be held on 4 March 2008. Comments on current document may be sent to either the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SAICM secretariat or to the appropriate representative on the steering committee.
Current documents
Previous documents

The secretariat would welcome financial contributions from other Governments and non-government stakeholders to support supplementary work associated with the project, such as consultations at regional meetings and translation of documents.