A presentation and discussion on the Global Chemicals Outlook (GCO) launched by the United Nations Environment Programme on 5 September 2012, was organized by the Geneva Environment Network, at the International Environment House.
The Global Chemicals Outlook concludes a two year long process that has brought together the governments, industry, academics and civil society together to provide for the first time a comprehensive environmental understanding and up to date assessment of trends and changes affecting the production and use of chemicals throughout their life cycle, their health and environment effects, economic implications, and policy options.
This publication is expected to provide a stimulating and convincing set of scientifically based economic arguments to elevate chemicals management to the top of the international policy agenda as an essential condition to the achievement of sustainable development. Few weeks before ICCM 3, it is also a very strong policy document designed to support the SAICM process and to contribute to the revitalization of its partnership spirit.
Coffee & Tea
Tim Kasten, Head, Chemicals Branch, DTIE, UNEP
Presentation of the GCO report
Sylvie Lemmet, Director, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), UNEP
Views and reactions from GCO stakeholders
H.E. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Uruguay
Caroline Vickers, Team Leader Chemicals Safety, Department of Public Health and Environment, WHO
Lena Perenius, Executive Director, European Chemical Industry Council representing the International Council of Chemicals Associations
Eugeniy Lobanov, International POPs Elimination Network