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Worldwide Chemicals Management Initiative (SAICM)

SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management)

SAICM specifies international strategies and activities for achieving the goal (aiming to achieve, by 2020, that chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment) that was agreed in the World Summit held in 2002.

History

1992 "UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit)" (Rio de Janeiro)

The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development was announced, and Chapter 19 of "Agenda 21" adopted by the Conference addressed promotion of international chemicals management.

2002 "World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)" (Johannesburg)

The Summit adopted the WSSD2020 goal, "aiming to achieve, by 2020, that chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment". The member countries committed to global chemicals management that is appropriate to the risk of the chemicals.

2006 "First session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-1)" (Dubai)

ICCM-1 adopted the "Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)".

Currently, countries in the world are making efforts towards the WSSD2020 goal by establishing their own action plans based on the agreements made in SAICM. In Japan, the Ministry of the Environment announced "SAICM National Implementation Plan of Japan" in September 2012.

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