SAICM and HHPs
In 2006, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) was agreed at the first International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1) in Dubai. As with the Code of Conduct, SAICM is not a legally binding treaty. However, it constitutes a global political commitment on the part of governments, chemical and pesticide manufacturers, civil society organisations and others. It is a broad global commitment which aims to foster sound management of chemicals, including pesticides.
Following intensive efforts to reduce the number of poisonings in developing countries, in 2006 the FAO Council recognised for the first time that certain pesticides could not be used without harm in developing countries, and responded to SAICM by recommending that:
“In view of the broad range of activities envisaged within SAICM, the Council suggested that the activities of FAO could include risk reduction, including the progressive ban on highly hazardous pesticides, promoting good agricultural practices, ensuring environmentally sound disposal of stock-piles of obsolete pesticides and capacity-building in establishing national and regional laboratories.”