Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)

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Established 1995, as an international coordinating group following recommendations of the 1992 S-XF2327 - United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in particular those in Chapter 19 of the conference report (Agenda 21) about toxic chemicals. The B-XB0971 - FAO, B-XB2183 - ILO, C-XC3023 - OECD, E-XE4161 - UNEP, B-XE3386 - UNIDO and B-XB3548 - WHO were the first to join IOMC, followed by E-XE3387 - United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in 1997, F-XF1393 - International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) (World Bank) in 2010, and E-XE3382 - UNDP in 2012.


Strengthen international cooperation in the field of chemicals; increase the effectiveness of the individual organizations' international chemicals programmes; promote coordination of policies and activities, pursued jointly or separately, to achieve the sound management of chemicals in relation to human health and the environment.


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Inter-Organization Coordinating Committee (IOCC - meets twice year), consisting of representatives of the Participating Organizations and with annually rotating Chairmanship. Observers may attend IOCC meetings. WHO is the current administering agency and provides secretariat services to the IOCC.


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth



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