08 Dec 2011

Venue: International Environment House 27-9 ch. de Balexert1219 Châtelaine, Genève

Organization: Geneva Environment Network

The year 2011 was crucial for the chemicals agenda at the global level. The Geneva Environment Network organized a de-briefing delivered by UNEP high-level representatives on some major chemicals negotiations outcomes.

The presentations of this session are available at the bottom of this page.

Chemicals and Waste Conventions

The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, under the theme “Prevention, minimization and recovery of wastes”, was held in the city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, from 17 to 21 October 2011. More info on the Basel convention COP10 website.


In 2009, UNEP Governing Council agreed on the need to develop a global legally binding instrument on mercury and to complete negotiations prior to the 27th session of UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, in 2013. The work to prepare this instrument is undertaken by an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee supported by UNEP Chemicals Branch. Its third session (INC3) was held in Nairobi, from 31 October to 4 November 2011. More info on the Mercury page of UNEP.org.


Adopted by the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) in 2006 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to foster the sound management of chemicals. The first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) took place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 15 to 18 November 2011. More information on the SAICM website.


Coffee & Tea

Welcome and introduction
Jan Dusik, Deputy Director, Regional Office for Europe, UNEP

Outcomes of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention
Jim Willis, Executive Secretary, Basel Rotterdam and and Stockholm Conventions

Outcomes of the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on Mercury (INC3)
Tim Kasten, Chief, Chemicals Branch, UNEP

Outcomes of SAICM/Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) Meeting
Leonor Alvarado, SAICM Coordinator, Chemicals Branch, UNEP

Question-and-answer session


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