International Council on Metals and the Environment (ICME)

Conseil international des métaux et de l'environnement
Consejo Internacional de Metales y Medio Ambiente
Internationale Rat für Metalle und Umwelt
Kinzoku to Kankyo Kokusai Hyogikai

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8 Mar 1991, Montréal (Canada), following meeting, 1990, London (UK), and subsequent meeting of a representative working party. Registered in accordance with Canadian law. Activities taken over by International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM).


Promote sustainable development policies and practices by firms engaged in the mining and production of primary metals which will ensure the safe production, use, recycling and disposal of metals, and continued to these ends; develop criteria for responsible sustainable development policies and practices.

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Promotes a voluntary risk-management philosophy, emphasizing sound and internationally-accepted scientific, technical and economic data from the perspective of societal benefits. Priorities: Environmental and health aspects of the production, use, recycling and disposal of metals; Integration of all relevant socio-economic factors in the management of environmental and health risks; Transparency and use of sound scientific criteria, data and analysis in regulatory decision-making processes, notably in relation to testing protocols and to risk assessment and risk management criteria and procedures; Interaction of environmental policies with social, economic and trade policies and avoidance of environmental and health policies and regulations being used as unjustified barriers to trade. Holds seminars and workshops. Environmental Charter, adopted 3 June 1993, Santiago (Chile), provides a common framework of principles to foster environmentally sustainable economic development.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Ros); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (Special Category).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 14 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 11 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 15 countries
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Subjects *

  • Fundamental Sciences
    • Metallic Elements and Alloys
  • Environment
    • Environment

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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