GFC (SAICM) National NGO Focal Point

Organization is Focal Point for Global Framework on Chemicals (GFC), from 2023. On 30 September 2023, the Global Framework on Chemicals – for a Planet Free of Harm from Chemicals and Waste was adopted, as a successor to SAICM. We invite you to visit the website of the Framework at


Adopted by the First International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1) on 6 February 2006 in Dubai, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world.

SAICM was developed by a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral Preparatory Committee and supports the achievement of the 2020 goal agreed at the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development. SAICM overall objective is the achievement of the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle so that by the year 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health.

ICCM resolution 1 on Implementation Arrangements called on “non-governmental participants to designate Strategic Approach focal points and communicate the details of the focal points to the Strategic Approach secretariat.” Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development is National NGO Focal Point.

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Some reflections from UNEA6@UNEP 2024 participation

Stop chemical pollution! (Bonn, September 2023) 

In June 2023 EASD participated at  UNEP Survey on Progress in Strategic Approach Implementation 2020-2022

Towards an international treaty on plastics pollution: reflections on selected issues

Process towards ICCM5   – Fourth meeting of the intersessional process considering the Strategic Approach and sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 (IP4) – among others, EASD participated at IP4.1 and organization Alhem from Serbia participated at IP4.2

Women Leaders: Addressing Chemicals and Waste Issues – IPEN  (2022) in English, in Serbian

Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, is about to start – EASD is participating

Participated at webinar Priorities, needs, challenges and barriers to end plastic pollution at national level; and existing information that might assist policymakers

EASD signed manifesto calling for an EU ban of PFAS

EASD support a Call on governments related transparency requirements on chemicals in plastics to support the effectiveness of the (future) Plastic Treaty

Happening at UNEP: OEWG1- Science-Policy Panel and pre-event webinar on Lessons learned for the Science-policy panel on chemicals, waste and prevention of pollution

4th Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering SAICM and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020, Bucharest 2022

July 2022 – Participated in a Survey on emerging policy issues and issues of concern. This survey aims to gather information on work and actions at a local, national, sub-regional, regional or global level, in relation to emerging policy issues and issues of concern. In addition, by Survey, the SAICM Secretariat is seeking to better understand the needs in relation to information exchange on emerging policy issues and issues of concern.

July 2022 – EASD join the Initiative: Urgent call for a strong SAICM-Beyond-2020-Framework ensuring sound chemicals and waste management! ….In addition, we promote initiative through our networks and social media Call to action for a tomorrow without toxics

EU-JUSSCANNZUK Regional Meeting in preparation for the fourth meeting of the intersessional process considering the Strategic Approach and sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020. 23 June 2022. Information on on the SAICM website

Integrated chemicals and waste management approach and SAICM beyond 2020

2022 SAICM Regional Meeting, Central and Eastern Europe, Prague, Czech Republic, 12 to 13 May, 2022

IPEN global plastics monitoring project


EASD participated at UNEP Mercury releases from Coal Combustion Area Meeting – 28 September 2021

In September 2021 EASD participated at SAICM CEE regional meeting / briefing

Virtually we are in Nairobi: participating at The Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum , the fifth meeting of the Open-Ended Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives, Science-Policy Forum and the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.1)

EASD participate in SAICM WG on Governance and Mechanisms to support Implementation (from October 2020, lead to IP4 in 2021)

(Our) Berlin Declaration have the quotation in the European Commissions Report

EASD is engaged with its preparatory process and exchange views with Major Groups towards UNEA5

EASD contribute with data on Serbia to  EEB ZMWG  on review of A and B of the Minamata Convention; ZMWG is  looking into submitting additional information showing that Annexes A and B can be strengthened by widening their scope , April 2020

EASD e-awareness raising campaign: attention to environmentally and health friendly waste management in corona virus pandemic related situation

Criteria for Substances of International Concern Beyond 2020

Message from our 14 NGOs to Brussels: End amalgam use! 

Global Meeting & Forum on Chemicals and Waste, 2020

EASD support the African Amalgam Amendment to the Minamata Convention on Mercury by co-signing the letter to Parties and Signatories to the Minamata Convention, October 2019

EASD Input to SAICM/IP.3/8 (Assessment on linkages with other clusters related to chemicals and waste management and options to coordinate and cooperate on areas of common interest), 26.10.2019

EASD is participating in Shaping the future beyond 2020 , October 2019, Bangkok

6th UN regional meeting on SAICM, Poland, February 2018: we participate

Participation (as non-funded participant) in the first meeting of the intersessional process considering the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 approved, Brasil, February 2017

SAICM Regional Meeting, Skopje, September 2013