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International forums' positions on SAICM


1. Consideration of SAICM by the governing bodies of intergovernmental organizations

Ministers, heads of delegation and representatives of civil society and the private sector assembled at the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) stated in the Dubai Declaration they "will strive to integrate SAICM into the work programmes of all relevant United Nations organizations, specialized agencies, funds and programmes consistent with their mandates as accorded by their respective governing bodies."

The ICCM in its resolution I/1 on implementation arrangements "commended SAICM to the attention of the governing bodies of relevant intergovernmental organizations and encouraged them to endorse or otherwise appropriately acknowledge the SAICM with a view to incorporating its objectives into their programmes of work within their mandates and to report thereon to the ICCM."

Since then, SAICM has been formally acknowledged or endorsed by the following governing bodies of intergovernmental organizations:

Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
Decision SS.IX/1, (En, Fr, Sp), 9 February 2006

Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR),
Decision on SAICM, 27 April 2006

World Health Assembly (for the World Health Organisation -WH0)
Resolution WHA59.15 (En, Fr, Sp), 27 May 2006

297th Session of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Decision on SAICM (EN), 2-17 November 2006

Council of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation  (FAO)
Action on SAICM, 25 November 2006

World Health Assembly (for the World Health Organisation -WH0)
Resolution WHA60.26 (EN),  27 May 2007. (See paragraph 26)

33rd Session of the of the International Development Board of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Decision on SAICM (EN) June 2007

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ministerial: Meeting of the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC)
Decision on SAICM
(EN) 28 April 2008

In addition SAICM has also received the support of:

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Joint Meeting of the Chemicals Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology
Letter to the SAICM secretariat, 40th meeting, November 2006
Support statement, February 2007

The International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) Summary, May 2007 & December 2006
2. Support for SAICM implementation by Heads of State and Government and by ministerial forums

Having adopted the Dubai Declaration on International Chemicals Management and
Overarching Policy Strategy and encouraged the use and further development of the Global Plan of
Action, Governments have expressed further support and endorsement of SAICM.

The ICCM in resolution I/1 encouraged "Governments to focus their initial implementation work on those activities that will facilitate a prompt start in efforts to achieve the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation 2020 goal and the objectives set forth in the Strategic Approach, such as by continuing to facilitate existing international chemicals management priorities and considering additional efforts that are needed to develop a national Strategic Approach implementation plan, including the building of appropriate
capacities and institutional arrangements, taking into consideration, as appropriate, existing priorities
and elements."

Since then, SAICM has received endorsement by the following forums:

11th Eleventh session of the African Ministerial Conference on the
Environment (AMCEN)
Brazzaville, Congo, 25-26 May 2006:
Decision 5 on Implementation of a strategic approach to international chemicals management and other chemical and hazardous waste management issues
(English, French)
Note also the decision Ex.CL/Dec.322 (X) of the Executive Council of the African Union at its tenth ordinary session (Addis Ababa, 25-26 January 2007) in which it endorsed the decisions adopted by AMCEN at its eleventh session.

Latin America and Caribbean-European Union Summit
Lima, Peru, May 16, 2008
Extract from the Lima Declaration - “Addressing our peoples’ priorities together.” (English)

3. Support for the development of SAICM

The development of SAICM was endorsed by Heads of States and Government in Johannesburg in 2002 and New York in 2005, as well by several Ministerial forums at the regional level.