African countries propose international code of conduct for chemicals


Africa’s regional focal point, representing the continent in discussions on the UN’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (Saicm), has proposed the development of an international code of conduct on chemicals and waste management.

The proposal, put forward by the Africa Group at the 29 August–2 September fourth intersessional process (IP4) meeting, calls for a code to be developed in time for the fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5). This takes place from 25–29 September 2023, in Bonn, Germany.

Such a code, the group led by Angola said, should focus on the “basic responsibilities” needed for chemical and waste management, laying out minimum responsibilities and best practices.

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Chemical Watch, 15-09-22