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The background of the ICCA initiative is the 1st International Conference for Chemicals Management (ICCM-1) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Dubai in 2006, where attendees ratified the so-called Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). It expressed the expectations of over a hundred environment and health ministries for the safe handling of chemicals worldwide. The first progress was reported at the 2nd International Conference for Chemicals Management (ICCM-2) in Geneva in May 2009. The program objectives were again upheld at the 3rd International Conference for Chemicals Management (ICCM-3), held in Nairobi in 2012.
The fourth International Conference for Chemicals Management (ICCM-4) is scheduled to take place in Geneva from September 28 to October 2, 2015. ICCM-4 is an important milestone within the scope of SAICM, since it will be the last meeting to make further essential decisions in order to meet the goals of the Johannesburg Plan. The meeting agenda will include evaluation of regional and industry-specific progress in SAICM and discussion of pressing issues such as "lead content in paints," "chemicals in products," "nanotechnology," or "endocrine disruptors." Attendees will also talk about further developments after 2020.
Numerous CEOs of major corporations are expected to attend a parallel event. The Global Product Strategy is the chemical industry's contribution to the SAICM process. The objective of GPS is to establish global standards for product stewardship, to broadly communicate information on the safe handling and use of chemical substances, and to promote greater chemical safety worldwide. That requires greater transparency and improved communication in the supply chain as well as the willingness to make generally understandable information in the form of GPS Safety Summaries available to the public. Evonik provides such product information (Safety Summaries) on its corporate website:
All Safety Summaries are linked to the ICCA GPS website.
ICCA GPS website
In addition, Evonik actively participates in a number of European Commission-funded GPS projects such as Capacity Building and Train the Trainer, also through its involvement in the Chemicals Policy and Health Group steering committee.
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