China addresses chemical safety challenges

07 July 2014, Beijing, China – A National Forum for SAICM Implementation in China was held in Beijing on 12 June 2014, with the participation of UNITAR. Under the framework of a national project for the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), the Forum consisted of a review of progress made to date for the project.

The Forum was attended by more than 45 representatives of government, non-governmental organizations, industry organizations, and academic and research institutes related to chemicals management. As a key project output, the draft National Chemicals Management Profile was presented for discussion and endorsement. This was followed by setting national SAICM priorities, and discussion on developing the preliminary National SAICM Implementation Plan for priority issues. Setting up a national coordinating committee for chemicals management and awareness-raising were identified as the most important issues. The Forum also provided an opportunity to give presentations on latest development under SAICM and the IOMC Toolbox.

The National Forum was hosted by Peking University in collaboration with the Ministry of Environmental Protection of PR China, with technical support provided by UNITAR, and financial support provided by SAICM’s Quick Start Programme Trust Fund.