A virtual working group advanced work on funding the chemicals framework beyond 2020, focusing on an integrated approach to funding for the sound management of chemicals and wastes, funding for the Secretariat and on strategic partnerships. The group is part of a set of virtual work streams leading up to the fourth meeting of the intersessional process on the review of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 and the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5).
The VWG met four times in late 2020 and early 2021: November 18, December 16, January 20 and February 10. Discussions incorporated previously compiled recommendations and proposals and input from stakeholders. This summary provides an overview of the discussions of the first three meetings.
GEF-8 should build on well-established areas of international concern, such as lead in paint, highly hazardous pesticides and single-use plastics.
Regarding an integrated approach to financing, working group participants stressed the need for adequate, predictable and sustainable financing to achieve both the SDGs and the goals and targets of the Beyond 2020 agreement. To this end, they discussed integration, private sector participation and dedicated external funding.
Participants generally supported a proposal to create a clearinghouse mechanism to track development aid, …
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