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Chemicals Management (ICCM2), Geneva, Switzerland, 11-15 May 2009

Preparatory work

Consultations, July 2007 to February 2008

At their meeting held in Paris on 12 June 2007, EU-JUSSCANNZ countries requested the secretariat to prepare drafts of a provisional agenda and provisional annotated agenda for ICCM2, based on the functions of ICCM set out in paragraph 24 of the SAICM Overarching Policy Strategy. It was suggested that regional focal points and the focal points of non-governmental organizations be invited to share the draft agenda with their own regions and to express their views. The secretariat accordingly developed the requested drafts under cover of a note on ICCM2 arrangements, including the agenda, participation, venue and budget. Stakeholders were invited to submit comments on the proposed arrangements to the SAICM secretariat by 28 February 2008. In addition, the secretariat has prepared a summary of comments received. After April 2008, ongoing planning for ICCM2 was guided by an informal Friends of the Secretariat group.

OELTWG and Informal Discussions

An Open-ended Legal and Technical Working Group met in Rome from 20 to 24 October 2008 to develop draft rules of procedure for the ICCM. In addtion, informal discussions on other ICCM2 preparations were held in Rome on 23 and 24 October 2008.

Development of reporting modalities

A secretariat proposal for a set of indicators for the periodic reporting by stakeholders on the implementation of the Strategic Approach was prepared for consideration at the second session of the Conference. The development of this proposal followed the guidance proposed during the informal discussions held in Rome. The proposal took into account the outcomes of a Government of Canada-sponsored project on the development of reporting modalities, and the completion of pilot testing by Governments and the International Chemical Industries Association and was developed in consultation with an international project steering committee.

Emerging policy issues

An overview of the preparatory work on emerging policy issues is available including the follow-up work agreed at the informal discussions held in Rome, and consultation with regional focal points, Governments and non-governmental organizations and intergovernmental organizations.

Temporary reporting questionnaire (due 30 November 2008)

In consultation with the Friends of the Secretariat group, the secretariat developed questionnaires for stakeholders to report on their SAICM implementation activities by 30 November 2008, for the information of the ICCM.

Reporting questionnaire:

        Governments English French Spanish
        Organizations English French Spanish
Completed reporting questionnaires received and a compilation thereof are available here.


Following the informal discussions on preparations for the second session of the Conference (held in Rome on 23 and 24 October 2009), the secretariat prepared several background papers to support discussions on financial matters under agenda item 4 (e) of the ICCM2 agenda. These papers are referenced in paragraph 25 of the annotated provisional agenda, SAICM/ICCM.2/1/Add.1, which is available on the ICCM2 meeting documents page of this website. In addition, the secretariat developed some draft elements for a possible resolution on financial considerations, which was circulated via the Friends of the Secretariat group on 21 April 2009.