On the heels of the approved United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and as the UN General Assembly continues, the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) began on September 28 in Geneva. During this week-long conference, ICCM, the governing body of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), brings over 700 stakeholders from sectors that include agriculture, environment, health, industry, labor, economics, science and academia for discussions about how chemicals can be used and produced in ways that minimize adverse effects on human health and the environment by 2020.
“High on the agenda will be an important discussion of how SAICM and its stakeholders can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of the SAICM 2020 goal and beyond,” said Helen Medina, USCIB’s vice president for product policy and innovation. “We will also discuss emerging policy issues including chemicals in products, environmentally persistent pharmaceutical pollutants and highly hazardous pesticides.”
Given the new workstreams that may materialize from ICCM4, several USCIB members are attending ICCM4 this week. USCIB members comply with a variety of national chemicals regulations, and are engaged in initiatives that go well beyond legal minimums, supporting efforts to protect human health and the environment.
“USCIB and its members are actively engaged in the activities related to SAICM, chemicals and green economy discussions at UNEP, chemical deliberations at the OECD and at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Chemical Dialogue,” said Medina. “We are also participating in the ICCM4 dialogue by developing industry positions on SAICM initiatives, coordinating with governments and multinational organizations, and contributing directly to the SAICM process.”
USCIB members attending ICCM4 include the American Chemistry Council, the American Cleaning Institute, Boeing, American Petroleum Institute, Toy Industry Association, Exxon, Procter and Gamble, CropLife America, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson and many more.