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Emerging policy issues: Nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials (resolution II/4 E)

Having received mandates at the second session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) joint meeting, OECD and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are organizing a series of awareness-raising workshops in association with the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC). The workshops are being held in conjunction with Strategic Approach regional meetings over the course of late 2009 and early 2010 to inform developing countries and countries with economies in transition about the potential applications of and risks from nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials. These workshops will be followed by pilot country activities to assist with the development of national programmes on nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials. The workshops are supported by the Governments of Switzerland, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America. Thus far, workshops were held in Beijing (27 November 2009), Lodz, Poland (11 December 2009), Abidjan (25 and 26 January 2010), and Kingston (12 March 2010). Further information on the workshops is available at http://www.unitar.org/cwm/nano.

Contact – Workshops: Peter Kearns (OECD), tel: 33 1 4524 1677, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and Craig Boljkovac (UNITAR), tel: 41 22 917 8471, e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Report on nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials:

By resolution II/4 E, Governments and stakeholders were also invited to develop a report focusing on nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials including, in particular, issues of relevance to developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

The secretariat, based on initial work undertaken by Switzerland and the United Kingdom, developed an outline for the report and comments were invited until 1 May 2010. Received comments are now available here.

The report will be submitted at the first meeting of the Open‑ended Working Group, in 2011, and at the third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management.

Contact – Report: SAICM secretariat, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.