Reporting on SAICM implementation

Reporting on SAICM implementation is a key tool in assessing progress towards the achievement of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation’s goal of sound management of chemicals by 2020. It also helps to assess progress on the individual objectives set out in the SAICM texts.

The Overarching Policy Strategy, in paragraph 24, provides that the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) will undertake periodic reviews of SAICM. In doing so, it will receive reports from all relevant stakeholders on progress in SAICM implementation. The ICCM evaluates the implementation of SAICM with a view to reviewing progress against the 2020 target and taking strategic decisions, programming, prioritizing and updating the approach as necessary.

Paragraph 26 of the Overarching Policy Strategy also assigns to regional meetings a role in reviewing progress in SAICM implementation. The functions of the SAICM secretariat, which are set down in paragraph 28 of the Strategy, include reporting to the ICCM on implementation of SAICM by all participants.

ICCM4 requested the secretariat to develop a third progress report including achievements, strengths and weaknesses for the period 2014–2016 and an analysis of the 20 indicators of progress for consideration by the Open-ended Working Group at its third meeting. ICCM4 also directed the Open-ended Working Group to consider the need for a report for the period 2017–2019 for consideration by ICCM5. 

Call for Expression of Interest (NOW CLOSED)

A technical expert workshop, generously hosted by the Government of the United Kingdom,  is scheduled to be held from 3 to 5 September 2019 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The workshop will be run by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

The workshop will be highly technical in nature and is limited to a small group of 40 experts to enable effective, in depth discussion. The overall objective of the workshop is for participating experts to:

  • Identify and review existing and potential new indicators and indicator criteria to enable assessment of global progress towards the proposed strategic objectives for chemicals and waste; and
  • Provide information to assist in further elaborating the targets to ensure they are Specific, Measurable, Ambitious, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART).
Eligibility Criteria for Participation in the Workshop:
  • Availability to travel to Cambridge, United Kingdom, and participate in the entire duration of the workshop from 3 to 5 September 2019;
  • Suitable technical background and/or expertise in a relevant field as outlined in the application form;
  • Knowledge of, and previous experience in, using or developing indicators is an advantage; and,
  • A good understanding of the future Beyond 2020 Strategic Approach being developed for Chemicals and Waste. 

Please kindly note that applications are now closed and applications have been sent to the Government of UK for review.

Applicants will receive notification whether or not they will be invited to participate as soon as possible.

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