SAICM – For a toxic-free future worldwide
The ongoing global use of industrial chemicals and agrochemicals is increasingly harming people and their environment. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 1.6 million people die worldwide each year because of exposure to hazardous chemicals. In order to reduce the significant impacts on the environment and human health associated with the production, use and disposal of chemicals, a voluntary global multi-stakeholder process called SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management) was launched in 2006 under the umbrella of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
PAN International is particularly committed to the global phase-out of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs). PAN UK works together with PAN Germany, PAN Asia Pacific and other like-minded organisations around the world to focus attention on HHPs in this multi-stakeholder process.
SAICM and Highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs)
Due to their particular hazardousness and global significance, highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) are a priority topic under SAICM. Year after year, an estimated 385 million children, women and men suffer acute pesticide poisoning; many more suffer chronic effects which may be life-long and multi-generational. HHPs also have a devastating impact on biodiversity and contaminate important environmental resources. From its very beginning, SAICM has recognised the importance of this issue. In 2006 the founding document, or ‘Dubai Declaration’ articulated the need to promote ‘alternatives to reduce and phase out highly toxic pesticides’.