Seminar exploring forms and functions for effective global governance of chemicals and wastes aiming to support the intersessional process for considering SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020


Nordic expert seminar in Helsinki, Finland 16-17 January 2017

The international community has embarked on the development of a new framework for the Strategic Approach and sound management of chemicals and wastes beyond 2020 with the view for its adoption in the 5th session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management to be organized in 2020. It is time to start thinking about the design of the new post-2020 framework.

The intersessional process provides an opportunity to enshrine the commitment to secure the environment and human health from hazardous chemicals and wastes in line with the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. It also provides a valuable opportunity to rethink possibilities for enhancing synergies and coherence with MEAs in the chemicals and waste cluster.

The seminar identified options and possibilities for the new post-2020 framework by focusing on selected key functions. Five parallel workshops were organized during the seminar with the following topics:

  1. Reporting and indicators (pdf)
  2. Stakeholder participation and sectorial engagement (pdf)
  3. Science-policy interface (pdf)
  4. Capacity building and funding (pdf)
  5. Awareness raising and information management (pdf)

Building on the form follows function principle the seminar also discussed how the institutional form of the new post-2020 framework should be designed to realize desired functions.




Contact information

Niko Urho, +358 295 250 379,

Pirkko Kivelä, +358 295 250 279,


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Published 2016-11-15 at 13:14, updated 2017-04-18 at 16:35