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SAICM Emerging Policy Issues and Other Issues of Concern

Highly Hazardous Pesticides

farmer-880567 640 Recognizing that highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) cause adverse human health and environmental effects in many countries, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries, ICCM4 supported concerted action to address HHPs. Furthermore, ICCM4 welcomed the strategy developed the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Health Organization. The Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals has agreed to facilitate collaboration, cooperation and contributions of stakeholders in the implementation of the strategy.

Furthermore, ICCM4 encouraged stakeholders to undertake concerted efforts to implement the strategy at the local, national, regional and international levels, with emphasis on promoting agroecologically based alternatives and strengthening national regulatory capacity to conduct risk assessment and risk management, including the availability of necessary information, mindful of the responsibility of national and multinational enterprises.

Useful links

Strategy to address highly hazardous pesticides in the context of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management - available also in French and Spanish

International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management (2014) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health Organization - available also in Arabic, ChineseFrench, Russian and Spanish

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations webpage on HHPs

Input received from Stakeholders in developing the HHP Strategy - Compilation of responses. In developing the HHP Strategy adopted at ICCM4, FAO, UNEP and WHO consulted on a draft proposal via the SAICM web-site. Input was received from 20 stakeholders - focal points from Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia,  Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Latvia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, New Zealand, Turkey, the United Republic of Tanzania, the United States of America, CropLife International, the International POPS Elimination Network, Association d’Education Environnementale et de Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc and the Chemicals Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics during the comment period. Consideration was also given to feedback received from stakeholders after the deadline for comments had expired. Input was received from seven stakeholders after the comment period, including Brazil, Iraq, Philippines, Senegal, Switzerland and the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF).

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