Regional workshops on nanotechnology and SAICM for the Asia-Pacific Region

5-9 September 2011, Beijing, P.R. China - Following the request by the Asia-Pacific region at its first meeting held in Beijing in November 2009 to prepare for the first meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG), UNITAR in conjunction with the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Secretariat held a regional meeting on SAICM and a UNITAR workshop on nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials in Beijing, China from 6 to 9 September 2011. The meetings are a lead up to the 3rd session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-3) to be held in 2012, and the  Nanotechnology/Manufactured Nanomaterials Regional Workshop in particular was held in response to Resolution II/4 of ICCM-2, which "encourages Governments and other stakeholders to assist developing countries and countries with economies in transition to enhance their capacity to use and manage nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials responsibly, to maximize potential benefits and to minimize potential risks".
 
The Nanotechnology/Manufactured Nanomaterials Regional Workshop, which involved over 70 participants from governments, NGOs, and industry shared experiences of countries and stakeholders on this emerging issue and provided input to the Government of Switzerland’s proposal for inclusion of nano-related activities in the SAICM Global Plan of Action. The outcomes of the Regional Workshop were reported to the SAICM regional meeting.
 
An OECD/UNEP workshop on perfluorinated chemicals was also held on 5 September 2011.