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                                                                                           IFCS submission -August 2008



Questionnaire for organizations on                         Please return by 31 August 2008 to:

SAICM financial arrangements                               SAICM secretariat
for the information of the                                 11–13 chemin des Anémones
                                                           CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
International Conference on                                Switzerland
Chemicals Management at its                                Tel: +41 22 917 86 31
second session                                             Fax: +41 22 797 34 60
                                                           E-mail: saicm@chemicals.unep.ch
In order to assist ICCM in evaluating the performance      Submitter
of the financing of SAICM, please address the six          (Organization, address, contact name)
SAICM financial arrangements, below, by providing,
where relevant, information on steps taken by your         Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
organizations to pursue, to contribute to, or to benefit   (IFCS)
from each of the six arrangements.                         c/o WHO 20, Avenue Appia
                                                           CH-1211 Geneva 27
                                                           Switzerland
                                                           Tel: +41 22 7913650/3873
                                                           Fax: +41 22 791 4875
                                                           Email: ifcs@who.int mailto:ifcs@who.int>
                                                           Website: www.ifcs.ch http://www.ifcs.ch/

                                                           Dr Judy A. Stober
                                                           Executive Secretary


a) Actions at the national or subnational levels to support the financing of SAICM objectives:

         (i) Has your organization assisted in integrating SAICM objectives in relevant programmes, plans
         and strategies at the national and subnational levels?

         Yes      No        If yes, describe:

           Forum V - recommendations provide guidance on a number of topics that are part of the SAICM
           objectives; the outcome of Forum VI is expected to provide guidance on a number of topics that
           are part of the SAICM objectives. See
            Forum V topics include: applying precaution in the context of chemicals safety; toys and
             chemical safety; heavy metals.
                       Meeting papers and materials are at:
                          http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/meet_docs/en/index.html
                         Final report - which includes recommendations for industry actions - is at:
                                 http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/report/en/index.html
            Forum VI topics are: nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials: opportunities and
             challenges; substitution and alternatives; international transport of Pb & Cd via trade: an
             international concern?; ecologically based integrated vector management and integrated pest
             management: key elements of pesticides risk reduction strategies.
                     Meeting papers and materials are at:
                        http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum6/meet_docs/en/index.html
                         Final report - which may include recommendations for industry actions -will be
                            posted at:
                         http://www.who.int/ifcs/forums/six/en/index.html


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        (ii) Has your organization assisted in assessing current national or sub-national laws, policies and
        regulations to identify changes that may be needed to advance implementation of SAICM
        objectives, including by assessing funding needs where appropriate?

        Yes       No        If yes, describe:

        (iii) Has your organization assisted in assessing appropriate policies at the national and subnational
        levels, including economic instruments, which might help to cover the cost of sound chemicals
        management?

        Yes       No        If yes, describe;

          Forum V (September 2006) plenary agenda included the topic: Poverty Reduction and the Sound
          Management of Chemicals. The session built on the previous work done by IFCS and forum
          sessions to address the issue of integration of chemicals management into development strategies
          and agendas. See documents and materials at:
            http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/meet_docs/en/index.html

              Forum VI plenary session on ecologically based integrated vector management and integrated
              pest management: key elements of pesticides risk reduction strategies will consider the
              integration of IVM and IPM policies and strategies into development policies and strategies.

        (iv) Has your organization assisted in assessing at the national and subnational levels economic
        instruments intended to internalize the external costs of chemicals?

        Yes       No        If yes, describe:

        (v) Does your organization have information on experience and studies in the national use of
        economic instruments which it could share with UNEP in order to make it broadly available?

        Yes       No        If yes, please attach information.




b) Enhancing industry partnerships and financial and technical participation in the implementation
of SAICM objectives:

        (i) For industry associations and relevant other intergovernmental and non-governmental
        organizations: Has your organization reviewed and sought to strengthen current voluntary industry
        initiatives to address the considerable challenges associated with the implementation of SAICM
        objectives?

        Yes       No        If yes, describe:

        Forum V and Forum VI sessions - agenda topics include aspect to strengthen industry voluntary
        initiatives.
            Forum V topics include: applying precaution in the context of chemicals safety; toys and
             chemical safety; heavy metals.
                 Meeting papers and materials are at:
                        http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/meet_docs/en/index.html


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           Final report - which includes recommendations for industry actions - is at:
                    http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/report/en/index.html
     Forum VI topics are: nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials: opportunities and
      challenges; substitution and alternatives; international transport of Pb & Cd via trade: an
      international concern?; ecologically based integrated vector management and integrated pest
      management: key elements of pesticides risk reduction strategies.
           Meeting papers and materials are at:
                http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum6/meet_docs/en/index.html
           Final report - which may include recommendations for industry actions -will be posted at:
                    http://www.who.int/ifcs/forums/six/en/index.html

(ii) For industry associations and relevant other intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations: Has your organization developed or facilitated new industry initiatives, including in
partnership with foundations, academia and non-governmental organizations, for the
implementation of SAICM objectives;

Yes       No        If yes, describe:

Forum V and Forum VI sessions - agenda topics include aspect to facilitate new industry initiatives
and partnerships with a range of stakeholdesr.
   Forum V topics include: applying precaution in the context of chemicals safety; toys and
    chemical safety; heavy metals.
        Meeting papers and materials are at:
                http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/meet_docs/en/index.html
         Final report - which includes recommendations for industry actions - is at:
                  http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/report/en/index.html
   Forum VI topics are: nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials: opportunities and
    challenges; substitution and alternatives; international transport of Pb & Cd via trade: an
    international concern?; ecologically based integrated vector management and integrated pest
    management: key elements of pesticides risk reduction strategies.
         Meeting papers and materials are at:
              http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum6/meet_docs/en/index.html
         Final report - which may include recommendations for industry actions -will be posted at:
                  http://www.who.int/ifcs/forums/six/en/index.html



(iii) For industry associations and relevant other intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations: Has your industry provided resources, including in-kind contributions, for the
implementation of SAICM objectives, continuing and building upon its initiatives on good
corporate social and environmental responsibility;

Yes      No         If yes, describe:
Forum V and Forum VI sessions - agenda topics (meeting papers, materials and outcome
(recommendations and agreed actions etc) contribute to and support the implementation of SAICM
objectives by governments and other stakeholders..
   Forum V topics include: applying precaution in the context of chemicals safety; toys and
    chemical safety; heavy metals.
        Meeting papers and materials are at:
                http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/meet_docs/en/index.html
         Final report - which includes recommendations for industry actions - is at:
                 http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/report/en/index.html
   Forum VI topics are: nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials: opportunities and
    challenges; substitution and alternatives; international transport of Pb & Cd via trade: an


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              international concern?; ecologically based integrated vector management and integrated pest
              management: key elements of pesticides risk reduction strategies.
                   Meeting papers and materials are at:
                        http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum6/meet_docs/en/index.html
                   Final report - which may include recommendations for industry actions -will be posted at:
                            http://www.who.int/ifcs/forums/six/en/index.html



c) Integration of SAICM objectives into multilateral and bilateral development assistance
cooperation:

        (i) For all organizations: Has your organization supported the integration of SAICM objectives
        into relevant national documents that influence development assistance cooperation?

        Yes       No        If yes, describe:

          Forum V (September 2006) plenary agenda included the topic: Poverty Reduction and the Sound
          Management of Chemicals. The session built on the previous work done by IFCS and forum
          sessions to address the issue of integration of chemicals management into development strategies
          and agendas. See documents and materials at:
            http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/meet_docs/en/index.html

          Forum VI plenary session on ecologically based integrated vector management and integrated
          pest management: key elements of pesticides risk reduction strategies will consider the
          integration of IVM and IPM policies and strategies into development policies and strategies. The
          follow is text taken for the Forum VI meeting paper (Thought Starter, IFCS/FORUM-VI/04 TS))
          for the topic:

                  Even though an integrated multi-sectoral approach to the management of vector borne
                  diseases which includes development programmes, such as irrigated agriculture,
                  hydroelectric dam construction, road building, forest clearance, housing development and
                  industrial expansion, could be successful at controlling vectors, opportunities for
                  cooperation and for adoption of strategies other than those based on insecticides are
                  seldom grasped

                  To achieve this goal, policies and strategies are needed to promote IPM and IVM at
                  global, regional and national levels. Importantly, it should be recognized that policies to
                  promote IPM and IVM are consistent with and supportive of the Millennium Development
                  Goals of poverty reduction, combating malaria and other diseases as well as ensuring
                  environmental sustainability. Governments and international bodies that fund
                  development projects should accept and follow the principles inherent in IPM and IVM.
                  ……
                  One issue to be considered (by Forum VI) is how a concerted approach, with involvement
                  of all relevant sectors, to promote institutionalizing and mainstreaming of IPM and IVM
                  approaches in programme and policy development can be supported. Not only in
                  programmes and polices directly related to pest management or disease control, but also
                  in broader policies related to chemicals management, environmental health, food safety,
                  sustainable agricultural and rural development, Millennium Development Goals, etc.

                  In order to achieve the mainstreaming of IPM and IVM consideration can be given to
                  identifying opportunities for broader application of these management approaches.
                  Successful mainstreaming will require identifying and addressing the policy and
                  institutional impediments that continue to prevent a broader uptake of IPM and IVM at a


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                local, national, regional and international level. What policy tools are needed to address
                these impediments e.g. identification of direct and indirect subsidies for pesticide use, how
                these affect IPM and IVM, and how these can be addressed? In this, it may be helpful also
                to identify policy and institutional settings that have assisted with the uptake and
                implementation of IPM and IVM already.

                How can sectoral barriers in international policy development mechanisms be overcome?
                IPM is in the agricultural domain and IVM in the health domain, while key international
                instruments as the Stockholm Convention and SAICM are largely in the environmental
                domain. Particularly at the national level, there is a need for a pro-active approach to
                involve the agriculture and health sectors in the preparation and implementation of
                initiatives under the Stockholm Convention and SAICM. How can current barriers be
                reduced? How can inter-sectoral collaboration and regional and international
                cooperation be strengthened drawing on the experiences of farmers, communities, CSOs,
                FAO and others involved in successfully, or unsuccessfully, implementing IPM and IVM
                approaches to pest and diseases vector management?




        (ii) For intergovernmental organizations: Has your organization included SAICM objectives
        within its activities, as appropriate?

        Yes      No       If yes, describe:

        See Forum V and Forum VI sessions - agenda topics and proposed topics for future Forums in
        Forum V Final Report.
           Forum V topics include: applying precaution in the context of chemicals safety; toys and
            chemical safety; heavy metals.
                Meeting papers and materials are at:
                        http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/meet_docs/en/index.html
                 Final report - which includes recommendations for industry actions - is at:
                          http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum5/report/en/index.html
           Forum VI topics are: nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials: opportunities and
            challenges; substitution and alternatives; international transport of Pb & Cd via trade: an
            international concern?; ecologically based integrated vector management and integrated pest
            management: key elements of pesticides risk reduction strategies.
                 Meeting papers and materials are at:
                      http://www.who.int/ifcs/documents/forums/forum6/meet_docs/en/index.html
                 Final report - which may include recommendations for industry actions -will be posted at:
                          http://www.who.int/ifcs/forums/six/en/index.html




d) Making more effective use of and building upon existing sources of relevant global funding:

        For GEF and Multilateral Fund implementing and executing agencies: Has your agency sought to
        facilitate use of Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Multilateral Fund projects to pursue
        SAICM objectives that are consistent with the objectives of those funds?

        Yes      No       If yes, describe:




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e) Supporting initial capacity-building activities for the implementation of SAICM by establishing the
Quick Start Programme:

        (i) For non-governmental organizations: Has your organization made use of the Quick Start
        Programme?

        Yes      No        If yes, describe:

        (ii) For intergovernmental organizations: Has your organization assisted eligible Governments and
        civil society organizations to make use of the Quick Start Programme?

        Yes      No        If yes, describe:

        "assisted" by widely disseminating information to IFCS participants about the programme.

        (iii) For all organizations: Please indicate your views, if any, as to the adequacy and effectiveness
        of the Programme’s performance


f) Inviting Governments and other stakeholders to provide resources to enable the SAICM
secretariat to fulfil its tasks, as set out in paragraph 28 of the Overarching Policy Strategy:

        (i) For the private sector, including industry, foundations and other non-governmental
        organizations: Has your organization contributed resources, as requested in the Overarching Policy
        Strategy, to enable the SAICM secretariat to fulfil its tasks?

        Yes      No        If yes, describe:




Additional comments and recommendations

If your organization has any additional comments to make regarding the performance of the SAICM
financial arrangements and/or recommendations for the future, please state them below.




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