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  • Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, is leading Jamaica’s delegation to the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) in Geneva, Switzerland, from September 28 to October 2.
  • The primary goal of the conference is to ensure that by 2020 chemicals are used and produced in ways that minimise adverse effects on human health and the environment in keeping with the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).
  • The ICCM is the governing body of SAICM. It brings together various stakeholders in agriculture, environment, health, industry, labour, economics, science and academia.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, is leading Jamaica’s delegation to the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) in Geneva, Switzerland, from September 28 to October 2.

Minister Pickersgill is expected to participate in a high level Ministerial panel from October 1-2, which will examine global policies on the management of chemicals.

The primary goal of the conference is to ensure that by 2020 chemicals are used and produced in ways that minimise adverse effects on human health and the environment in keeping with the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP) Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

As a member of the global community on chemicals management, the Government of Jamaica has taken tangible steps in adhering to the mandate laid out by SAICM.

A total of $14 million has been allocated this fiscal year to build Jamaica’s capacity to manage chemicals in an environmentally sound manner.

Of the sum, $5 million will be used to develop an inventory of selected priority chemicals; $3 million to develop a National Chemicals Emergency Risk Management Plan; $2.8 million will be used for developing and submitting the first draft of chemicals legislation to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel; and $1.1million to establish a national programme for environmentally sound management of e-wastes.

Three Memoranda of Understanding have already been signed with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).

Also, terms of reference have been developed for consultants to update the national chemicals profile; and conduct Hazardous Waste Operations Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training for key public sector personnel.

The ICCM is the governing body of SAICM. It brings together various stakeholders in agriculture, environment, health, industry, labour, economics, science and academia.

The team comprises Director of Environment and Risk Management in the Ministry, Gillian Guthrie; Director of Projects and Enforcement in the Environment and Risk Management Division, Andrea Jones-Bennett; and Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies in Geneva, Ambassador Wayne McCook.