On-Line courses on SAICM in Russian

On-Line courses on SAICM in Russian


HEJSupport and groundWork, Friends of the Earth South Africa on-line courses on SAICM and its Issues of Concern is now available in Russian.

The first course presents the overview of SAICM Issues of concern and includes the following four lessons:

  • Lesson 1: What is SAICM? History and Governance (Since its adoption, SAICM has proved to be an important international framework for promoting and advancing chemical safety objectives. Learn more about its history, governance, and the process towards beyond 2020 chemical and waste strategy.)
  • Lesson 2: SAICM Emerging Policy Issues and Issues of Concern (SAICM identified eight Issues of Concern. Learn more about challenges in their implementation.)
  • Lesson 3: Obstacles in addressing IoCs (In many countries SAICM Issues of Concern (IoCs) are not high on the political agenda. Advances are mainly limited to information collection. Learn more about problems in addressing IoCs and why it is important to resolve them).
  • Lesson 4: Triggers to elevate obligations for SAICM IoCs (To help countries better address SAICM issues of concern triggers for moving IoCs to the level with increased obligations are discussed).

The second course on chemicals in products includes the following four lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction. Access to chemicals in products (CiP) information as a global issue Access to Chemicals in Products (CiP) information requires collaboration on a worldwide scale, across stakeholder lines, and through the entire products life cycle. Learn about benefits and options of disclosing what chemicals are in products.
  • Lesson 2. SAICM Chemicals in Products (CiP) Programme The CiP Programme applies to chemicals in products in supply chains and throughout their life cycles. Learn more about benefits and challenges in its implementation.
  • Lesson 3: Elevation of obligations for the Issue of Concern (IoC) Chemicals in Products (CiP) Chemicals in products (CiP) is among eight chemicals-related issues of concern (IoC) recognized by the International Conferences on Chemicals Management. Learn more about measures of increased obligation for the IoC CiP.
  • Lesson 4: Global Minimum Transparency Standard to disclose chemicals in products

The third course on the circular economy includes the following four lessons:

Lesson 1: Transition to a circular economy. The traditional ‘take, make, use, dispose’ economy is harmful to the environment and more countries are looking for alternatives. Learn more about the concept of the so-called circular economy, or closed-cycle economy.

Lesson 2: Circular economy for Agenda 2030. Circular economy is a tool which presents solutions to some of the world’s most pressing crosscutting sustainable development challenges. Learn more about how a circular economy can help the implementation of Agenda 2030.

Lesson 3: Keeping circular economy clean. Toxic chemicals that are common in consumer products can undermine a circular economy by contaminating the recycling stream. Learn more about what can be done to keep circular economy clean.

Lesson 4: Circularity in the textile and fashion industry. The circular economy is relevant for all sectors of the economy. Learn more about challenges and opportunities of circularity in textile and fashion industry and ideas for moving forward.

The fourth course is on gender and chemicals and includes the following five lessons:

Lesson 1 : Why gender and chemicals?The lesson provides a short introduction into the problem of why chemicals impact on men and women should be considered differently.

Lesson 2: Women, Chemicals and SDG 5. Chemical pollution may have a disproportionate impact on the health of women. Learn more about the importance of SDG5 to empower women.

Lesson 3: Example: Gender and products. This lesson provides information on a very typical female product – menstruation items. Learn more about the importance of disclosing chemicals in products that are used monthly by people who menstruate.

Lesson 4: Example Gender and Mercury. The lesson highlights sources and consequences of mercury exposure on women. Learn more about the situation in developed and developing countries to look for solutions.

Lesson 5: Mainstreaming gender in international and national chemical and waste policies. This lesson highlights the experience of gender mainstreaming in different jurisdictions and internationally.

The fifth course is on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and includes the following six lessons:

Lesson 1: What are Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals? In this lesson we will provide a quick overview of what EDCs are and why it is important to know about them.

Lesson 2: What chemicals are EDCs? Learn what ferquently used chemicals are EDCs and in what kind of products they can be found.

Lesson 3: EDCs and health effects. In this lesson you will know more about the link between EDCs and various diseases.

Lesson 4: EDCs and the environment. EDCs have an impact on the environment. Water, soil, air and animals are polluted by EDCs.

Lesson 5: SAICM and EDCs. Learn how SAICM dealing with the issue of EDCs and what activities have been undertaken

Lesson 6: How are EDCs regulated in certain countries? EDCs are rarely regulated as a group of chemicals. Learn more about what is going on in different countries.

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Written by Alexandra Caterbow