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Open-ended Working Group , Belgrade, Serbia, 15-18 November 2011

The first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) took place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 15 to 18 November 2011 with technical briefings and regional groups meeting on 14 November 2011 .

The OEWG as established by the the International Conference on Chemicals Management at its second session in resolution II/6 considered the implementation, development and enhancement of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, including by : 

  1. Reviewing and prioritizing proposals for emerging policy issues in preparation of the next session of the Conference;
  2. Continuing discussion on work on emerging policy issues;
  3. Considering proposals for the inclusion of new activities in the Global Plan of Action;
  4. Considering initiatives that are being undertaken and addressing progress and gaps in achieving the goal that, by 2020, chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment;
  5. Considering the outcomes of regional meetings;
  6. Identifying priority issues for consideration for inclusion in the agendas of the sessions of the Conference;
  7. Undertaking such other activities as the Conference may direct.

The Bureau of the Conference also serves as the Bureau of the OEWG. The OEWG is serviced by the secretariat. 

  • Submissions received by the secretariat on the nomination of emerging policy issues for consideration by OEWG. SAICM stakeholders were invited to submit any comments they may have on the nominations by 30 April 2010.  Such comments were posted on the this website and provided to the proponents of the issues so that they could take them into account in any revision of their nominations
  • Proposals on the creation of new work areas and associated activities in the SAICM Global Plan of Action
  • Inputs received on the draft report on nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials
  • OEWG report of the work of the International Conference on Chemicals Management