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The EcoLomic Policy and Law
Vol. 05/07 2008-2010,
Special Edition on Chemicals and Wastes,

edited by Prof. Anne Petitpierre-Sauvain


RUIG Roundtable on Chemicals and Wastes, Organized by the Faculty of Law of the U of Geneva in cooperation with IHEID. 24.1.2008



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Certification of Sea Port Facilities in the Mediterranean

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Geneva has clearly established itself as the global center for multilateral regulation, sound management and governance in the domain of transboundary movements of hazardous and other chemicals and wastes. This is due to the presence of a number of multilateral organizations involved in this field through their expertise and mandate, such as especially ILO, UNCTAD, UNEP, UNITAR, WHO, WTO, as well as the University of Geneva, IHEID, and a number of specialized NGOs. Last but not least, one should keep in mind some less known but very important interorganizational bodies such as especially the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management SAICM and the Interorganizational Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals IOMC.


The purpose of this subsection is to draw attention to the numerous and particularly complex streams of negotiations in this field. After the 1989 Basel Convention, the Rotterdam and the Stockholm Convention are still quite recent, they were adopted in 1998 and 2001 respectively, and both entered into force in 2004. In spite of the fact that these two conventions are relatively new, we can say that the Chemicals and Wastes negotiations have now reached a degree of maturity which maybe they have lacked until recently compared to other multilateral environmental negotiations. This is the case especially after the conclusion in May 2009 of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-2) which set important marking stones for the further development of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), even though important questions will not be decided upon before ICCM-3 in three years. The SAICM, created in 2006, has become an innovative, dynamic and flexible multistakeholder mechanism at the center of the the Chemicals and Wastes Conventions. It is administered by UNEP Chemicals under the responsibility of SAICM's own governing body ICCM.



Reports and Analyses of

Chemicals and Wastes Negotiations


The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) follows and reports on the key multilateral environmental negotiations. Its section on Chemicals Meetings provides introductions, overviews and analyses of the key multilateral negotiations  concerning the regulation of chemicals and wastes. The daily reports of these negotiations are authored by a team of specialists of the ENB which is a balanced, timely and independent reporting service that provides daily information in print and electronic formats. It is published by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a non-profit organization based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with offices in New Geneva, New York and Ottawa. The office of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin is based in New York City, two blocks from the United Nations.


For background information and some historical notes on ENB please refer to

ENB Background and History,


the general overview of these services is provided under  Linkages


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  ENB Team

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The following series of three very informative booklets on chemicals and wastes is particularly recommended. Author: Jack Weinberg, co-published 2008/09 by IPEN/SAICM


An NGO Guide to SAICM


An NGO Guide to Persistent Organic Pollutants


An NGO Guide to Hazardous Pesticides and SAICM



Adhoc Joint Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation and Coordination between the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (AHJWG)


Basel Action Network


Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal


Center for International Environmental Law, Washington DC and Geneva (CIEL)

Chemicals Program


Earth Negotiation Bulletin/IISD



FAO 2002 International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides


Health Care without Harm (HCWH)


International POP's Elimination Network (IPEN)


International Program on Chemical Safety (IPCS)


International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE)


Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals


Pesticide Action Network (PAN)


Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (PIC)


Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)


Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)


UNEP Chemicals


UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Chemicals and Waste Programmes


Waste Environment Cooperation Centre (WE 2C), Marseille


WHO Chemical Safety


Women in Europe for a Common Future


World Federation of Public Health Associations