On March 13-15, 2018, the Swedish government, together with the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), is hosting an international conference on chemicals and waste in Solna, Sweden. The meeting is organized by the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) on behalf of the government of Sweden. The goal of the conference is to develop a new global strategy for chemicals and waste beyond 2020 with stakeholders from around the world.

The current Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), adopted in 2006, has set the goal to achieve sound management of chemicals by 2020. UN Environment initiated an international process to produce recommendations and an implementation strategy for new global goals for chemicals and waste beyond 2020. The conference in Sweden is the second meeting held during this process (FPF reported). The next SAICM meeting will take place in 2020 by when “the new goal structure and the new strategy should have been fully developed.”

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KEMI (March 8, 2018). “Sweden is hosting an international conference on chemicals.

SAICM (2018). “Second meeting of the intersessional process considering the Strategic Approach and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020.

Health and Environment Alliance (March 13, 2018). “Europe’s non-toxic environment strategy could lead the way towards an ambitious international chemical framework beyond 2020.

Leigh Stringer (March 22, 2018). “Headway made on a post-2020 global chemicals framework.Chemical Watch