International Agreements



SAICM – Strategic Approach into International Chemical Management is a global initiative adopted at the International Conference on Chemicals Management held in Dubai from February 4-6, 2006 and it provides a global framework for countries aiming to achieve the WSSD goal of sound chemicals management by 2020. SAICM is comprised of a High Level Declaration (the Dubai Declaration on International Chemicals Management), an Overarching Policy Strategy, and a Global Plan of Action.

As part of the SAICM process, more than 100 environmental and health ministers, heads of delegation and representatives of civil society and the private sector, in the Dubai Declaration, remarked that, “the sound management of chemicals is essential if we are to achieve sustainable development, including the eradication of poverty and disease, the improvement of human health and the environment and the elevation of the standard of living in countries at all levels of development.”

SAICM explicitly recognizes that part of improved SMC governance is the need to mainstream SMC priorities within national development policies and plans, including MDG-based development plans to mobilize the national and international resources needed to advance capacities within developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

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Quick Start Programme (QSP)

The Quick Start Programme (QSP) is aimed to support, initial capacity building activities for the implementation of SAICM objectives. QSP includes a voluntary, time-limited trust fund, administered by the United Nations Environment Programme, and multilateral, bilateral and other forms of cooperation

International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM)

The first session of the ICCM (ICCM1) was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 4 to 6 February 2006, finalized and adopted SAICM.

The second session of the ICCM (ICCM2) was held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 11 to 15 May 2009 and undertook the first periodic review of SAICM’s implementation.