SAICM Enabling Activities

Partnerships

The implementation of SAICM is seen as the responsibility of all stakeholders, who are encouraged in the text of the three ICCM final documents to act cooperatively and through partnerships. In particular, SAICM calls for the creation of partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society.

As part of the Swiss-supported Pilot Projects in three developing countries and one country in transition, a guidance document is being developed and will be made available for general country use in 2009. Based on the results of their National SAICM Capacity Assessments, Belarus, Pakistan, Panama, and Tanzania will choose two priority topics for partnership development as part of SAICM implementation.

In the Dubai Declaration, ICCM participants commit to engaging actively in partnerships, including strengthening the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises and the informal sector. They agree to enhance industry partnerships by inviting industry to review and strengthen current voluntary industry initiatives; to develop new initiatives, including in partnership with foundations, academia and non-governmental organizations; and to provide resources for the implementation of Strategic Approach objectives.

In the Resolution on implementation arrangements, ICCM participants specifically encouraged NGOs and the private sector to engage in partnerships with governments, intergovernmental organizations, regional economic integration organizations and other stakeholders. The Overarching Policy Strategy includes the objectives for enhancing cooperation on the sound management of chemicals between governments, the private sector and civil society at the national, regional and global levels. Related to partnerships, the promotion of industrial responsibility in included as a work area in the Global Plan of Action.