CropLife AME attended the 5th session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5)

Early September, Stella Simiyu – Director of Regulatory Affairs – represented CL AME at the 5th session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), organized by UNEP. During the discussions, UN countries negotiated a ‘policy framework for the sound management of chemicals and waste’.

The following targets have been agreed upon:

  • Target A5: By 2030, governments work towards notifying, regulating, or prohibiting the export of substances they have not permitted nationally, in line with their international obligations.
  • Target A7 – By 2035, stakeholders have taken adequate measures to phase out highly hazardous pesticides in agriculture where the risks have not been managed and where safer and affordable alternatives are available and to promote transition to and make available those alternatives.
  • Target D5: By 2030, Governments implement policies and programs to increase support to safer and more sustainable agricultural practices, including agroecology, integrated pest management and the use of non-chemical alternatives, as appropriate.

CropLife Africa Middle East will continue its efforts to achieve such targets through the Sustainable Pesticide Management Framework. The SPMF is a proactive, long-term engagement program over five years that aims to build local capacity to establish a framework for sustainable pesticide management guided by the FAO/ WHO International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management.

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