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A Toxics-Free Future

Citizen's Report: Global Outreach Campaign on SAICM

Citizen's Report - Global Outreach Campaign on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

IPEN, Health Care Without Harm, International Society of Doctors for the Environment, Pesticide Action Network International, Women in Europe for a Common Future, World Federation of Public Health Associations

April 2009

This report documents more than 300 activities conducted by public interest NGOs that relate to SAICM implementation. The activities include work on 68 of the 273 items in the Global Plan of Action (GPA) and all five principal Overarching Policy Strategy (OPS) Objectives: risk reduction, knowledge and information, governance, capacity building, and illegal traffic. Interventions have ranged from local activities to national and international work. These activities cover a wide variety of issues including: education and awareness, alternative practices in agriculture and waste management, outreach to the health and labor sectors, policy recommendations such as removing lead in paint or development of legal frameworks for chemical regulation, and convening of stakeholders from all sectors, including industry and government. The trade union sector has also contributed by conducting seminars and courses on chemical management to increase worker capacities to work more safely with hazardous chemicals, such as identification of chemicals used in the workplace, risk assessment, and assistance in the implementation of preventive measures.

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