GHS event at Rio+20

14 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - On Thursday, 14 June 2012, over 40 participants gathered in the EU Pavilion for an event on “The GHS and the Global Partnership, a Success Story from Rio to Rio: Achievements, Lessons Learned and Future Directions.” The UNITAR/ILO/OECD Global Partnership for Capacity Building to Implement the GHS was launched 10 years ago at the WSSD in Johannesburg, following the call at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to develop an internationally comprehensible chemical classification and labeling system: the GHS. With the first version of the GHS adopted in December 2002 by the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS and now 10 years of successful collaboration regarding capacity building for implementation, the GHS can truly be considered one of the success stories “from Rio to Rio’’.

To celebrate this success, a panel discussion featured the perspectives of the various stakeholders. Ms. Jill Hanna, Directorate-General for the Environment, European Commission, provided opening remarks on behalf of the EU. Then, Mr. Jonathan Krueger of UNITAR gave a presentation on the achievements of the 1st decade of the GHS Partnership and possible future directions for a second decade. He was followed by Mr. Rogerio de Oliveira Correa, Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology, who provided a review of the active work in Brazil for the GHS. Dr. Gregory Bond, of the Dow Chemical Company representing the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), provide the perspective of the private sector. Dr. Olga Speranskaya, Co-Chair of the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) gave input from the NGO perspective. And lastly, Ms. Myriam Linster of the Environment Directorate at the OECD provide a presentation highlighting OECDs contributions to GHS development and the Global Partnership.

GHS brochureOverall, the event provided the opportunity to take stock of progress to date, as well as identify continuing needs for the future of the GHS Partnership. A special 10-year Partnership publication was also launched on the same day.

Related link: Rio +20: Inmetro participa de discussão sobre segurança e identificação de produtos químicos (in Portuguese only)