Experts' profiles - Brenda Koekkoek
Brenda Koekkoek

Brenda Koekkoek has a leading role in the UNEP-hosted Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). SAICM is a voluntary policy framework that connects different sectors and stakeholders working towards a chemical-safe future to address agricultural and industrial chemicals throughout their lifecycle.

SAICM will convene the fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) from 28 September to 2 October 2015 in Geneva. Expecting over 800 representatives, ICCM4 will adopt decisions to support the international community in achieving the 2020 goal set by the World Summit on Sustainable Development to minimize health and environmental impacts from chemicals and waste. ICCM4 will also address emerging policy issues such as chemicals in products, lead in paint, nanotechnology, endocrine disrupting chemicals and “e-waste” as well as consider new areas such as highly hazardous pesticides and environmentally persistent pharmaceutical pollutants. The timing of ICCM4 presents a unique opportunity to welcome and advance sound management of chemicals into the post-2015 development agenda.

Brenda’s prior role at UNEP was to lead the development and coordination of UNEP's Global Mercury Partnership. She focused, in particular, on building a collaborative network of partners in artisanal and small-scale gold mining as well as designing and overseeing projects aimed at achieving reductions in mercury. Brenda also provided technical support to the negotiation process for the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Brenda holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph and a Master’s Degree in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University. Before joining UNEP, she worked at Environment Canada from 2000-2006 working mainly on issues related to transboundary air pollution.

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