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  • Published on: 31 Jan 2012
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IPEN Recommendations for the Chemicals and Waste Section
IPEN Text Recommendations for the Chemicals and Waste Section
January 2012 (IPEN additions are in bold.)

94 bis We acknowledge that sound chemicals management is essential to achieve the
Millennium Development Goals, and that chemical safety and chemical policy reform
incorporating the precautionary approach occupies a place at the core of the economic and
development policy agenda. We stress that sound chemicals management must be taken into
account while determining the direction of international development assistance.

94 ter We recognise that to achieve a sustainable future, a sustainable chemical industry is
essential. The chemical industry plays a significant role in the global economy with a steadily
increasing share of the world�s chemical production shifting to developing and transition
countries. We support cost internalization mechanisms as an effective method to provide the
resources needed to establish infrastructure and foster investment in safer practices and in the
substitution of less hazardous chemicals and materials.

95. We call for strengthening the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM),
to step up efforts towards a more robust, coherent, effective and efficient international regime for
chemicals throughout their lifecycle. Sustainable and adequate long-term funding will be important to
assist developing and transition countries with sound chemical and waste management through an
integrated approach. We call on UNEP to establish a multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder
process to assess SAICM progress and establish a plan for further intergovernmental actions to
ensure that chemicals are used and produced in ways that minimize adverse effects on human
health and the environment in all countries.

96. We commend the increased coordination and cooperation among the Basel Convention,
the Rotterdam Convention and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, and call for
public-private partnerships aiming to enhance capacity and technology for environmentally sound
waste management. We also note with concern the (Remove emerging) challenges of electronic
waste and plastics in the marine environment, which should be addressed inter alia through
appropriate programmes and environmentally sound technologies for material and energy recovery.
We encourage all Governments to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment to ensure developing and
transition countries do not continue to be the final destination for the developed world�s toxic
electronic waste.

96 bis We recognise the importance of chemical safety and the important role of the industry in
providing information and preventing possible harm to human health and the environment
before chemicals are placed on the market. We also note the urgency of implementing cradle to
cradle and green design approaches to equally protect children, women, consumers, workers,
and community health.

96 ter We acknowledge that many chemicals on the market are unmanageable and a global
phase-out of particularly hazardous chemicals, including hazardous nanomaterials, is needed.
These should include highly hazardous pesticides, persistent bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs),
very persistent and very bioaccumulative substances (vPvBs), genotoxins, carcinogens,
chemicals affecting reproduction, the immune and nervous systems, substances that undergo
long-range transport, endocrine disruptors, and toxic metals such as cadmium, lead, and
mercury. Concrete and measureable deadlines are crucial to achieving this and ensuring
credibility and public trust.

96 quat We acknowledge the concurrent exposure on human health and ecosystems of POPs
and changing climates. We urge all countries and intergovernmental organisations to develop
a coordinated and global response to counteract immediate, medium and long-term combined
negative impacts of climate change and POPs, including support for mitigation activities with
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