Webinar “Public engagement in the development of the global chemicals and waste platform beyond 2020”

Webinar “Public engagement in the development of the global chemicals and waste platform beyond 2020”


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What might a post-2020 framework on chemicals and waste look like?
How should stakeholders report on their work on chemicals and waste?
What should criteria for issues and chemicals of concern include?

Please join Health and Environment Justice Support (HEJSupport) on Thursday February 13, 2020 for a webinar starting at 11 a.m. PT/12 p.m. MT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET/2 p.m. AT/4:00 p.m. NT

The links and details to connect to the webinar will be provided to those who register by February 11th, 2020.

Who should participate: Public interest organizations in environmental, health, and labour communities, and legal experts interested in knowing more about the future sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 and how it impacts the work at the national level.

Key Presenters:

Suzanne Leppinen, Director, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch for Health Canada will talk about Canada’s engagement in discussions on the development of a global platform on chemicals and waste beyond 2020;

Olga Speranskaya, HEJSupport Co-Director and IPEN Senior Advisor will provide an overview of the outcomes of the work at the third meeting of the intersessional process and NGO perspective for moving forward beyond 2020;

Fe de Leon, Researcher and Paralegal at Canadian Environmental Law Association will share the vision on the role Canada’s NGOs can play in the implementation of the sound chemicals and waste framework in the period beyond 2020;

Alexandra Caterbow, HEJSupport Co-Director will share EU NGOs perspective on public engagement in the work on chemicals and waste beyond 2020 with the focus on potential new issues of concern.

Presenters will be addressing:

1.      the shape of the future global sound chemicals and waste strategy beyond 2020; and
2.     the mechanism to support implementation, including reporting and criteria for identifying issues of concern and chemicals of global concern.

This will be followed by a discussion on stakeholder engagementin the development and implementation of the future global chemicals and waste agreement.

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is the current, voluntary, multistakeholder and multisectoral, global policy framework managing chemicals and waste in the agriculture, labour, health and environment sectors. Its mandate expires in 2020. A new global chemicals and waste strategy for beyond 2020 will be adopted at the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) in October 2020.

Canada plays a leading role both as SAICM Regional Focal point for Western Europe and Other Governments participating on the SAICM Bureau, and as a co-chair of the Intersessional Process, a series of planning meetings to consider SAICM and the sound management of waste beyond 2020.

The new global platform will influence the way countries address chemicals and waste issues both domestically and internationally and develop their chemicals policy. Some of the key issues include improving multisectoral and stakeholder involvement, governance, and technical issues including strategic policy, monitoring and evaluation, and addressing issues and substances of concern.

Canadian NGOs are actively involved in the work on chemicals and waste at the national level, thus their knowledge and experience are crucial for the development of the future international regime that might combine both voluntary and legally binding approaches on sound chemicals and waste management.


SAICM Website Strategic Approach and sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 – The Intersessional Process

HEJSupport Side Event at IP3 How to progress SAICM Issues of Concern beyond 2020

IPEN Views IPEN Views of the SAICM 3rd Intersessional Meeting (IP3)

HEJSupport report IP3 All you need to know about SAICM IP3 meeting

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Written by Alexandra Caterbow