Muhammed A. Omotola
Muhammed A. Omotola
Topic: The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) - 10 years on the journey
Muhammed (Adesegun) Omotola is an Associate Programme Officer in the secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), located within the United Nations Environme...
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Posted on 04/09/2015 06:00:28
Dear Muhammed. Please give some main problems of present chemical management situation in the world and the causes of these issues. Thanks.
Du Nguyen (from Viet Nam)
Dear Du Nguyen,

Thank you for your question.

It is well known that chemicals play an important role in our daily life. As useful as they may be, improper handling and disposal of chemicals can be dangerous to human health and the environment.

Some of problems with international chemicals management as noted in the Strategic Approach are as follows:
a. The existing international policy framework for chemicals is not completely adequate and needs to be further strengthened;
b. Implementation of established international policies is uneven;
c. Coherence and synergies between existing institutions and processes are not completely developed and should be further improved;
d. There is often limited or no information on many chemicals currently in use and often limited or no access to information that already exists;
e. Many countries lack the capacity to manage chemicals soundly at the national, subregional, regional and global levels;
f. There are inadequate resources available to address chemical safety issues in many countries, particularly to bridge the widening gap between developed countries on the one hand and developing countries and countries with economies in transition on the other.

The main causes of these problems are largely governance related and lack of capacity in many countries to adequately respond to the challenges or manage chemicals in a sound manner.

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management has in the last decade encouraged an open and transparent process for multi-stakeholder and multi sectoral engagement, exchange of knowledge and scientific information on chemicals, build capacity and technical cooperation among stakeholders, increase information sharing on chemicals and the threats to human health and the environment, development of policies and institutional strengthening including financing of projects and activities towards creating an enabling environment.

Best regards,