The Kenyan delegation, spearheaded by Ms. Linda Kosgei, Head of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Forestry, commenced discussions today in anticipation of the official commencement of the 5th International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) set to open on September 25, 2023, in Bonn, Germany.

The ICCM5 follows a series of preliminary events, including regional meetings held on September 21st and 22nd, 2023, in Siedburg, and the ongoing resumed fourth session of the Intersessional Process for Considering the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 (IP4.3), currently in progress at the World Convention Centre (WCCB).

At the core of ICCM5’s mission is the periodic review of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a comprehensive policy framework aimed at promoting chemical safety on a global scale.

The conference’s objectives encompass various critical functions, including the promotion of the implementation of existing international chemical management instruments and programs. It also seeks to foster coherence among these international instruments, bolster national chemical management capabilities, and ensure the availability of essential financial and technical resources for effective implementation.

The Kenyan delegation comprises representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Forestry, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), the Pest Control Products Board (PCPB), the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), and the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU). Notably, industry stakeholders and civil society organizations are also actively participating in the discussions. This important meeting is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and graciously hosted by the government of Germany.

ICCM5’s fifth session is scheduled to span from September 25 to 29, 2023, with a High-level Segment (HLS) slated for September 28 and 29, 2023. The conference promises to be a pivotal platform for addressing global chemical management challenges and promoting safer practices for the benefit of both the environment and human health.