ChemSec part of SAICM implementation seminars in East Africa

Many countries in Africa lack a coherent policy and legal framework for sound chemicals management. The project, SAICM Implementation in East Africa: Law Reform and Capacity Building for Sound Chemicals Management in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, aim at changing this by strengthening the legal frameworks in the participating countries. By assessing existing laws and identifying elements of good legal practices, legal models adapted to the local conditions of each country will be proposed.

Three seminars where held in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda respectively in the end of November 2009 to secure input from all relevant stakeholders in each country. At the seminars, where civil society groups, national authorities as well as industry were represented, strengths and weaknesses of domestic laws, and strategies were analyzed. Also opportunities for future cooperation and areas in need of further improvement, where identified. 

The SAICM Implementation in East Africa project will be carried out between 2009 and 2011 by three NGOs in East Africa; AGENDA -Tanzania, iLima - Kenya and NAPE - Uganda, together with US-based CIEL (Centre for International Environmental Law) and ChemSec.

The purpose of SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management) is to provide an overarching framework for global action on chemical hazards, but also to enable governments and other stakeholders to collaborate more effectively on reducing toxic risks. It is a non-binding UN-convention intended as an instrument to achieve the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit goal: Chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health by 2020.