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The second session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) agreed to a procedure for the inclusion of new activities in the Global Plan of Action (GPA) of the Strategic Approach. The procedure is contained in Annex 2 of the ICCM2 meeting report.
The secretariat has received a proposal, from the government of Switzerland to complement the SAICM Global Plan of Action with the creation of a new work area and associated activities, in relation to the environmentally sound management of nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials.
SAICM stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the Swiss proposal by 30 May 2011 to the secretariat by e-mail at .
In addition, the African region at its regional meeting in Nairobi on 7 and 8 April 2011, provided a justification document for the inclusion of hazardous substances within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products in the Global Plan of Action of the Strategic Approach. The document proposes the creation of a new work area and associated activities in relation to the environmentally sound management of hazardous substances within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products in the GPA.
SAICM stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the justification document to the secretariat by e-mail at by 30 May 2011 at the latest.
The consumption of chemicals by all industries and modern society's reliance on chemicals for virtually all manufacturing processes make chemicals production one of the major and most globalized sectors of the world economy. Acknowledgement of the essential economic role of chemicals and their contribution to improved living standards needs to be balanced with recognition of potential costs. These include the chemical industry's heavy use of water and energy and the potential adverse impacts of chemicals on the environment and human health. The diversity and potential severity of such impacts makes sound chemicals management a key cross-cutting issue for sustainable development.
The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world. SAICM has as its overall objective the achievement of the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle so that, by 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment. This 2020 goal was adopted by the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 as part of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
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