Cefic take over office ICCA 2-year term

Cefic to take over office of ICCA for 2-year term

12:10 PM, 24th January 2017
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) declared that it will take on the secretariat (office) of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) for a two-year term. ICCA unites major chemical producing countries of the world through their national representative industry bodies.

Focus on chemical safety

Cefic will aim to sharpen the role of ICCA to enhance best practice in managing chemicals safely around the globe. The secretariat, which will be headed up by Clariant CEO and Cefic president Dr Hariolf Kottmann as ICCA president, as well as Cefic director General Marco Mensink as ICCA council secretary, will be actively involved in the strategic approach to international chemicals management (SAICM).

SAICM, funded by national governments as well as UN agencies, is a policy framework set up to promote the sound management of chemicals throughout their lifecycle to ensure the protection of human health and the environment by 2020. The current SAICM mandate expires in 2020 and discussions on what will replace SAICM in 2020 will start on 7 February at a meeting in Brazil with all involved stakeholders, where Marco Mensink will speak in an informal dialogue session.

Another aim is to raise awareness of the important role of the chemical industry as a solution provider to tackle societal challenges and contribute to the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs). Strong cooperation with leading international bodies like UN Environment (UNEP), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) is supreme.

A quarterly ICCA newsletter will be launched sharing relevant news from ICCA regions. Cefic will also work to further the goals of the ICCA responsible care global charter, which helps chemical companies to understand and develop topics around the responsible use of chemicals.

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