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Newsletter Autumn 2019

Gender and Chemicals at IP3

The 3rd Meeting of the Intersessional Process Considering the Strategic Approach and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 took place from 30th September – 4th October 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The MSP Institute was there, working to increase attention on gender issues, providing information and suggestions on how to integrate gender in a future framework on chemicals and waste.

Read our report here. Photo by IISD.

Women and Gender at SAICM – Group

The ‘Women and Gender at SAICM’- Group met again on the 2nd October at IP3 in Bangkok. At their second informal meeting, the open group discussed how to integrate gender in SAICM Beyond 2020 and parts of the group submitted a joint position paper on gender to the SAICM Secretariat. The MSP Institute facilitated the meeting.

Read the joint position paper here.

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Technical expert workshop on indicators for SAICM Beyond 2020

To make sure that men and women will benefit equally by the future policy framework on chemicals management indicators must be gender-responsive to generate gender-disaggregated data whenever possible.

To advocate for this, our project coordinator Anna participated in a technical expert workshop on indicators for the SAICM Strategic Approach Beyond 2020 in Cambridge, 3-5 September 2019.

You can find the report of the workshop here.

Sustainable Chemistry and Gender

Sustainable Chemistry is a holistic framework addressing the whole life-cycle of chemicals and cross-cutting areas and sectors. It is based on sound management of chemicals and waste, uses the principles of green chemistry and the precautionary principle – but until now there is no common definition of Sustainable Chemistry.

We believe that Sustainable Chemistry needs to regard gender equality as a main criteria for social sustainability, and we will advocate for this in future discussions.

Read more about Sustainable Chemistry in the GCO-II here.

Further publications and articles: 

ChemicalWatch (2019): UN should consider how chemicals affect genders differently, say NGOs. (registration is necessary)

Holthaus/Hemmati (2019): Chemisches Ungleichgewicht. Geschlechter(un)gerechtigkeiten in der Welt der Chemie. In Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung (2019): Rundbrief III/2019: Grosse Ziele, aber kein Plan. Wo steht die Agenda für Nachhaltige Entwicklung?  (in german)

Holthaus/Hemmati (2019): Chemikalien und Gender – SAICM geschlechtergerecht gestalten, Blog, Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung. (in german)

For healthy people and a healthy planet, we need a gender-just chemicals and waste policies! There is not much time left until October 2020 – let’s integrate gender now!

Upcoming international meetings include:

  • 4th Intersessional – March 2020, Bucharest, Romania
  • ICCM5 – October 2020, Bonn, Germany

Thank you and best regards,
Anna and Minu from the MSP Institute