In a preliminary project (#2008-012-1-022) a small team, drawn from COCI (Cesa/Humphris), CHEMRAWN (Sydnes) and Chemistry and Health (Duffus) meet with the SAICM (the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management) Secretariat in Geneva in June 2008 for exploratory discussions to identify how IUPAC might best add value to the SAICM process global policy process from the perspectives of UNEP and WHO. Given the support for the recommendations, the team is preparing formal proposals for stepwise IUPAC engagement. These are based on the ongoing discussions with SAICM and SETAC and consideration of IUPAC capabilities; what and how IUPAC might realistically deliver over the period up to and including the third SAICM implementation meeting (ICCM3) in 2012.
At the WCLM in Turin 2007, IUPAC was invited by UNEP to help strengthen the bridge between science and policy as SAICM moves into the implementation phase. As a result of the preliminary project (IUPAC #2008-012-1-022), a proposal for science support was developed jointly with SETAC (the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) and approved by the IUPAC Executive Committee for presentation at the SAICM Technical and Legal Working Group meeting in Rome October 2008.
The proposal was welcomed and IUPAC was encouraged to work with other relevant Science Unions and Societies to finalize this for the SAICM International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) meeting in Geneva in May 2009 for formal approval by the UN member states and IGOs, and for subsequent implementation. As approval will commit IUPAC to implementation through to ICCM3 this proposal also provides a perspective of the subsequent steps and likely overall costs.
IUPAC was also encouraged to work with SETAC to create a science side event to showcase capabilities in science and education/capacity building. Attendance at ICCM2 would therefore also provide a platform for other SAICM funded science projects that IUPAC may wish to pursue, in health and environmental chemistry, chemistry education and capacity building.
This activity complements IUPAC interest in public appreciation of the relevance of chemistry to current issues, supports the efforts to seek broader formal UN recognition of IUPAC and the efforts to engage more effectively on industry relevant issues. It centers on the opportunity for a major SAICM related science event as part of the International Year of Chemistry. It provides a number of major opportunities for IUPAC to showcase and demonstrate its capabilities and experience.
April 2010 – Project completed – see report published in Chem Int March-April 2010, pp. 8-11