This online event is part of the "Road to OEWG 3 Series", co-organized by the Secretariat of the ad hoc open-ended working group (OEWG) on a Science-Policy Panel to Contribute Further to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste and to Prevent Pollution and the Geneva Environment Network.

About this Session

At its 13th meeting held on 31 January 2024, the Bureau of the ad hoc open-ended working group on establishing a science-policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution requested the secretariat of the OEWG to develop an information document on the process to date.

The forthcoming information document (CWP/OEWG.3/INF/6) provides an overview of the origins of the initiative, key milestones to date (as of 30 April 2024), and a brief record of the ongoing negotiations towards the establishment of the panel. This webinar is a companion to this information document.

Featured speakers presented on their participation at different stages in this process, with the aim of informing Member States, non-government stakeholders and other interested parties as they prepared for the next steps on the “Road to OEWG 3”. 

Road to OEWG 3 Series

In March 2022, the United Nations Environment Assembly at its resumed fifth session (UNEA-5.2) agreed to establish an independent, intergovernmental science-policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution. An ad hoc open-ended working group (OEWG) process has been initiated to prepare proposals for the panel.

As set out in UNEA resolution 5/8, the panel will support countries to take action on chemicals, waste and pollution, including to implement various international instruments such as multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), by providing policy-relevant scientific advice. The Panel will also further support relevant MEAs, other international instruments and intergovernmental bodies, and other relevant stakeholders in their work.

The OEWG concluded its second session in December 2023 in Nairobi, and will hold its third session in June 2024, in Geneva.

In preparation for the third session, the Road to OEWG 3 | Science-Policy Panel to Contribute Further to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste and to Prevent Pollution webinar and event series, co-organized by the OEWG Secretariat and Geneva Environment Network aims to build bridges between and among stakeholders, and promote collaboration and knowledge sharing in preparation for OEWG 3, taking place in Geneva, in June 2024.

Speakers

By order of intervention. 

Michel TSCHIRREN

Head, Global Affairs Section, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

Halshka GRACZYK

Technical Specialist, Occupational Safety and Health, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Ana Paula DE SOUZA

Human Rights Officer, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Miriam DIAMOND

Vice Chair, International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP)

David KAPINDULA

Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA)

Nalini SHARMA

Secretariat of the OEWG on a Science-Policy Panel on Chemicals, Waste and Prevention of Pollution | Moderator

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Photos by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis