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Third Session on the  Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety
Salvador,Brazil  14-20 October 2000
  Highlights from Friday, 20 October
Above photo from left: IFCS President Roy Hickman congratulating IFCS Executive Secretary Judy Stober for the successful conclusion of FORUM III

The Third Session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (FORUM III) was held from 15-20 October 2000 in Salvador, Brazil. The Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) is a mechanism for cooperation among governments for promoting the environmentally sound management of chemicals, and the theme of FORUM III was "In Partnership for Global Chemical Safety." Over 220 delegates from more than 80 countries, including representatives of IGOs and NGOs, attended the six-day meeting. Participants met in Plenary, Regional Groups, and several ad hoc working groups. Delegates conducted a review of the IFCS and assessed progress made on implementing Chapter 19 of Agenda 21. The meeting decided on IFCS Priorities for Action Beyond 2000 and issued the Bahia Declaration on Chemical Safety.

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Chair Hickman thanked, inter alia: the FSC, Rapporteur Rolf Hertel (Germany), IFCS Executive Secretary Judy Stober, the Brazilian organizing committee, the interpreters and translators, local staff, and the hosts of FORUM IV and V. In a closing address, Izabella Teixeira (Brazil) noted that the meeting provided a good opportunity to exchange experiences. She said these events are significant to subregional, regional, national and global efforts toward chemical safety as established under Chapter 19. She expressed her hope that excellent levels of progress could be presented at Rio+10. She congratulated the Secretariat and the FSC, thanked the authorities of Salvador and Bahia, and stated that all paper from the conference would be recycled in support of the children's cancer hospital in Salvador

Chair Hickman introduced the new IFCS President, Henrique Brandao Cavalcanti, who expressed his honor in representing his country and thanked all participants for their support. He stated his admiration for past presidents, and thanked the acting Brazilian Minister of the Environment and the Vice-Governor of the State of Bahia for speaking at the conference and thereby sensitizing the public to the issue of chemical safety. Chair Hickman wished the participants a safe journey home, and declared FORUM III closed at 3:15 pm.

Left photo: IFCS President Roy Hickman welcoming incoming IFCS President Henrique Cavalcanti

Iran, supported by India, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Colombia and others, called for recognizing the necessity and importance of providing technical and financial assistance and technology transfer to developing countries and countries with economies in transition, to enable them to accomplish the FORUM III priorities beyond 2000.

Thailand will play host to FORUM IV in Bangkok in 2003 Right photo: Delegation from Thailand headed by Siriwat Tiptaradol (third from left)

Romeo Quijano (PAN), on behalf of public interest NGOs, thanked the Secretariat and the FSC for giving them the opportunity to participate, and thanked the Brazilian hosts for its hospitality.
Closing statement of Siriwat Tiptaradol, Thai Head of Delegation. Left photo: Dr. Tiptaradol reading the Bulletin.

Closing statements of IFCS III President Roy Hickman

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ENB Summary of Second Session IFCS
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ENB's "Introduction to PIC and POPS"

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