Delegates discuss SAICM 2.0 at 4th Intersessional Process Meeting

Stakeholders from national governments, the global chemicals industry, academia, and the international NGO sector met August 29-September 2, 2022, in Bucharest, Romania to discuss the future of the SAICM. Delegates came together to the fourth meeting of the Intersessional Process (IP4) to decide on the recommendations for the Beyond 2020 Instrument, the overarching framework for global chemicals and waste management beyond 2020, which will be finalized at the fifth session of the ICCM5 planned to take place in the second half of 2023.


  • In 2006, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a voluntary, multi-stakeholder policy framework to promote chemical safety globally, with particular focus on building chemicals management capacity of developing countries and economies in transition. SAICM was originally created to meet objectives established in 2002 at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, including the principal goal of manufacturing and using chemicals by 2020 in such ways that significantly minimize adverse effects on human health and the environment.

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