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Overview

Commitment platforms and the global agenda for chemicals and waste management

Problem statement

One of functions of the of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is to call for appropriate action on emerging policy issues as they arise and to forge consensus on priorities for cooperative action as identified in the paragraph 24 of the Overarching Policy Strategy (OPS). In 2015, the Fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-4) initiated the development of the framework for sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 that is envisaged to be adopted in the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-5). This process currently includes issues of concern as one of its recommended five strategic objectives. This shows continued interest in addressing issues of concern, including hazardous chemicals, groups of chemicals, mixtures, and materials. An efficient approach for dealing with issues of concern, one which can fully harness the multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral character of the new Framework, is needed.

Objective

In this report, selected international mechanisms for encouraging voluntary commitments are presented, and their main functions and principles outlined. It then deliberates on how such a mechanism could be part of addressing issues of concern identified to warrant international action in the new global agenda for chemicals and waste management. This report is intended to inform discussion in the intersessional process considering the Strategic Approach and the framework for sound management of chemical and waste beyond 2020.