Latin American and Caribbean Workshop Agrees to Complete SAICM Action Plan

SAICM30 August 2013: The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), in collaboration with the Government of Mexico, organized the Fourth Latin American and Caribbean regional meeting on SAICM, in Mexico City, Mexico, from 19-23 August 2013. Key outcomes included regional agreement on a process for completing a regional action plan over the next three months, as well as agreed action on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and highly hazardous pesticides.

The meeting included sessions on manufactured nano-materials, children's environmental health, lead in paint, cooperation on lead-acid batteries, chemicals in products and highly hazardous pesticides. Participants reviewed regional progress on implementation of SAICM, identified regional priorities, exchanged experiences and shared information on activities undertaken at the national and regional levels.

This was the SAICM first regional meeting since the third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM 3) in September 2012. [IISD RS Sources] [SAICM Website] [Meeting Website]