Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS)

Forum intergouvernemental sur la sécurité chimique
Foro Intergubernamental sobre Seguridad Quimica

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History

25-29 Apr 1994, Stockholm (Sweden), at International Conference on Chemical Safety, the first Forum, when 114 countries were represented, as were United Nations bodies, specialized agencies and other intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. Concept first put forward, June 1992, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), at United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and developed by International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS). Due to insufficient funds, suspended for the foreseeable future since 2009.

Aims

Provide an inclusive forum for discussing issues of common interest and also new and emerging issues in the area of sound management of chemicals; contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the work of other chemicals-related international organizations and institutions.

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Activities

Provides policy guidance, identifies priorities and develops strategies, emphasizing regional and subregional cooperation, for the implementation of Chapter 19 on chemicals of the Global Action Plan for Environment and Development in the 21st Century (Agenda 21), notably the following: A. Expanding and accelerating international assessment of chemical risks; B. Harmonization of classification and labelling of chemicals; C. Information exchange on toxic chemicals and chemical risks; D. Establishment of risk reduction programmes; E. Strengthening of national capabilities and capacities for management of chemicals; F. Prevention of illegal traffic in toxic and dangerous products. Resolution 'Priorities for Action' beyond 2000 and 'Bahia Declaration' adopted at third session of the Forum, Oct 2000. Co-convened with UNEP and Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) the process to further develop a strategic approach to international chemicals management (SAICM) that culminated in the International Conference on Chemicals Management which adopted the 'Dubai Declaration on International Chemicals Management and the Overarching Policy Strategy' and recommended the use and further development of the Global Plan of Action as a working tool and guidance document. Together these three documents constitute the SAICM.

Structure

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Languages

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish.

Staff

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Financing

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 18 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 17 non-governmental organizations.
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Publications

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Information Services

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Members

Members in 211 countries
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Type I Classification

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Subjects *

  • Fundamental Sciences
    • Chemicals
  • Societal Problems
    • Safety
  • Health Care
    • WHO Bodies
  • Government
    • Intergovernmental

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

UIA Org ID

F5382

Last News Received

2. Oct 2009
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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