ICCM Draft decision for silent procedure

10 November 2020: Circulation of a self-explanatory cover letter from the President of the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) regarding a draft decision to authorize the President of the ICCM5 in consultation with the Bureau, to circulate draft decision of ICCM to all SAICM focal points under a silence procedure and allow at least 20 working days for a response. The draft decision will enable ICCM to take a limited number of procedural decisions on organizational, administrative and budgetary matters in order to ensure that continuation of its mandated activities and those of the SAICM secretariat.

As the draft decision indicates, the formal communication from the President shall be in the form of a signed letter that shall include the text of the draft decision and an indication of the specific time frame by which any formal objections should be raised by the SAICM national focal points through their respective Bureau members with a copy to the SAICM secretariat.

Should the silence not be broken by national focal points and no formal objection be received, the decision shall be considered as adopted and the President of ICCM5 will circulate a letter confirming its adoption. This process is all comprehensively explained in the attached draft decision. In this connection, while all SAICM focal points will receive the draft decision recommended for adoption, only national focal points, i.e. the representatives from Governments will be able to formally object as only Governments formally participate in decision-making under the ICCM rules of procedure.

In line with the provisions contained in the cover letter, the attached draft decision is placed under a silence procedure. SAICM stakeholders wishing to comment can do so through their Bureau members and other means as stated in the cover letter. In the absence of any formal objection by the SAICM national focal points communicated to the President, the decision shall be considered as adopted effective Monday, 30 November 2020 11:59 p.m. CET.

Following the adoption of this decision enabling ICCM to take a limited number of procedural decisions to ensure the functioning of the SAICM secretariat, the President of the ICCM5 in consultation with the Bureau will circulate a second draft decision on the 2021 proposed budget for the SAICM secretariat.

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