Last updated: 02 Jan 2024

The Fifth Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), initially planned to take place in October 2020 and postponed to July 2021, took place from 25 to 29 September 2023 in Bonn, Germany. It was preceded by the Resumed Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 (IP4.3), from 23 to 24 September 2023, and regional meetings, on 21 and 22 September 2023.

About the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM)

The International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) is encharged with periodically reviewing the work of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Previous sessions of the conferences have been held in 2006 (ICCM1), 2009 (ICCM2), 2012 (ICCM3), and 2015 (ICCM4).

ICCM5 was the first decision-making meeting to take place after 2020, the year in which SAICM was supposed to have achieved its overall objective of the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle so that chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health.

At ICCM4, resolution 4/13 (SAICM/ICCM.4/13), initiated an intersessional process to prepare recommendations regarding the Strategic Approach and the sound management of chemicals and waste Beyond 2020. This process, taking place in parallel to ICCM, was at its fourth meeting, which took place in Bucharest, Romania from 29 August to 2 September 2022 and resumed in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27 February to 3 March 2023. This and previous meetings supported stakeholders in their efforts to elaborate the future arrangements of the Strategic Approach and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 for consideration and adoption at ICCM5.

Fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)

The Fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), initially planned to take place in October 2020 and postponed to July 2021, took place from 25 to 29 September 2023, with a High-Level Segment (HLS) on 28 and 29 September 2023, at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. It was preceded by the Resumed Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 (IP4.3), which convened from 23 to 24 September 2023, with regional meetings on 21 and 22 September 2023.

Roadmap to ICCM5

Adoption of the Global Framework on Chemicals

The Global Framework on Chemicals, for a planet free of harm from chemicals and waste, and a High-Level Declaration that provides political impetus to drive the deal’s implementation, was adopted a the closing plenary of ICCM5.

The framework is based around 28 targets that aim to improve the sound management of chemicals and waste. Governments have committed to creating, by 2030, the regulatory environment to reduce chemical pollution and implement policies to promote safer alternatives. Industry has committed to managing chemicals in a way that reduces chemical pollution and adverse impacts by 2030. The framework calls for, by 2035, a phase out of highly hazardous pesticides in agriculture where the risks have not been managed and safer alternatives are available. There is a target on strengthening links between the new instrument and the climate, biodiversity, human rights and health agendas.

Crucially, an integrated approach to financing was agreed, with private sector financing lining up with the targets of the agreement. A dedicated trust fund will be set up and managed by the United Nations Environment Programme. Into this fund, governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and foundations can add to an initial EUR 20 million pledged by Germany.

Highlights

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

The High-Level Segment of the Conference took place on 28 and 29 September 2023. It provided a platform for inspiring broad and high-level stakeholder engagement, dialogue and commitment to achieve the sound management of chemicals and waste globally.

It was chaired by H.E. Steffi Lemke, Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection of the Federal Republic of Germany, and led to a High-Level Declaration or Bonn Declaration (Advance version).

International Geneva at ICCM5

Numerous Geneva-based experts and diplomats are actively participating in the fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5).  Home of several international organizations and multilateral environmental agreements addressing chemicals, waste and related pollution challenges, Geneva is a major global hub for the governance of hazardous substances and to beat pollution. Find out more about Geneva actors engaged to achieve the goal of safe and sustainable management of chemicals. → Geneva addressing Hazardous Substances

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Geneva Briefing on ICCM5

With preparations for ICCM5 in full swing, the SAICM Secretariat and the Geneva Environment Network organized a multi-stakeholder briefing on 24 August 2023. This event, taking place one month ahead of the intergovernmental meeting, provided updates on preparations and the way forward.

Side Events

In the margins of ICCM5 and the HLS, side events displaying broad sectoral linkages to chemicals and waste management will be convened, strengthening the message of concerted multi-stakeholder action as the main requirement for addressing the planetary crisis of pollution. Side events will take place from 25 to 28 September 2023 for the duration of 90 minutes in parallel slots from 13:00-15:00 CEST and 18:00- 20:00 CEST.

To ensure a displace of  important sectoral interlinkages in the chemicals and waste agenda, side events will be clustered along the following thematic day:

  • 25 September 2023: Climate, Biodiversity, Agriculture
  • 26 September 2023: Health and Labour
  • 27 September 2023: Human Rights, Science, Education
  • 28 September 2023: Economics, Value Chains, Innovation

Geneva Environment Network @ ICCM5

Advancing a Human Rights-based Approach to Accelerate the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste for People and the Planet | ICCM5 Side Event

27 September 2023 |  13:15–14:45 CEST | United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Environment Network

Special Events

Besides regular sessions and side events, two special eventstook place at ICCM5:

  • Youth Forum | The Chemical and Waste Youth Platform will host a one-day Youth Forum  on 27 September.
    Sessions will include four thematic panel presentations, a moderated intergenerational dialogue between youth and key decision-makers, and the official launch of the “Global Youth Declaration on Chemicals and Waste.”
  • ISC3 Investor Forum 2023 and Innovation Pitches | The German Agency for International  Cooperation (GIZ), Dechema and Leuphana will host the ISC3 Investor Forum 2023 and Innovation Pitches on 28 September from 9:30 to 18:00 CEST.

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