New York, 4 May 2010 - Dr. Ivan Eržen, State Secretary at the Ministry of Health took part as a panelist at the thematic discussions on chemicals on 4 May, 2010 at the 18th session of the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development. As a President of the International Conference on Chemicals Management he focused on the efforts the Conference is undertaking in implementing Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management (SAICM) and emphasized the need to enhance further multi-sectoral mechanisms and international cooperation in the field.
The Commission on Sustainable Development was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The Commission is responsible for reviewing progress in the implementation of Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; as well as providing policy guidance to follow up the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. It meets annually in New York, in two-year cycles, with each cycle focusing on clusters of specific thematic and cross-sectoral issues, outlined in its new multi-year programme of work (2003-2017). This year’s session is taking place from 3 to 14 May, and is addressing transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption
and Production Patterns.