As a first step of the project, a steering committee including representatives from academia, industry, civil society, governments, and intergovernmental organizations has been created with a view to best benefit from the knowledge and experience the ongoing and potential cooperation with the private sector and civil society. The Steering Committee’s role is to advise on the development of the three Pillars by identifying and exploring key issues related to the production and use of toxic substances, focusing in particular on developing countries and countries with economies in transition. With the role to identify and explore, the steering committee’s work covers the three following broad areas:
The 1st Steering Committee meeting, held on 29-30 June 2009, established the structure of the Preliminary Global Chemical Outlook (PGCO), intended as a scoping document for identifying key questions and evaluating methods and resources that may be employed for producing the final Global Chemicals Outlook (GCO) in 2011. The Terms of Reference was finalized. The tasks forces and future time frame were discussed.
The 2nd Steering Committee meeting, held on the 14-15 September 2009, reviewed, commented and amended the three background papers developed by the Task Forces (TFs) on each of the three proposed pillars of the PGCO. The members also discussed on a series of supplemental documents and agreed on the synthesis report outline. The Committee finally reached a general consensus on the roadmap for the GCO, including its structure, process and timeline.
The 3rd Steering Committee meeting, held on the 4-5 November 2010, advised on the structure and scope of the final Global Chemical Outlook, building on the outputs from the preliminary phases on the two previous meetings.
The 4th Steering Committee meeting, held on 16-17 June 2011 (back-to-back with the 3rd Steering Committee meeting of the Costs of Inaction).
The 5th Steering Committee meeting, held on 8-9 December 2011 (back-to-back with the 4th Steering Committee meeting on the Costs of Inaction).