Argentina: Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management Strengthening Chemicals and Waste Management in Argentina
A group of industry, government and international experts have convened in the city of Buenos Aires to support strengthening the sound management of chemicals and waste in Argentina.
Buenos Aires/Argentina — The meeting, hosted by the Argentine Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme and the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), aimed to strengthen cooperation between government authorities, industry, the United Nations and other stakeholders in order to improve chemicals and waste management at the national level in Argentina.
Over the past three decades, production and trade of chemicals have grown significantly in the South American country. Participants discussed how to enhance regulatory frameworks on chemicals and waste and how to enhance Argentina’s Responsible Care Program, which is the global chemical industry’s voluntary commitment to drive continuous improvement and achieve excellence in environmental, health and safety, and security performance.
The event also highlighted a project financed by the UN Environment Programme in Argentina, which aims to support institutional strengthening at the national level to promote the mainstreaming of the sound management of chemicals and waste. Topics such as implementing the Globally Harmonized System for Classification & Labeling (GHS) and establishing a chemical control framework also were addressed.
UN Environment and ICCA have established a long-standing partnership and are currently engaged in a range of joint activities. According to Marco Mensink, Council Secretary of ICCA, this first kick-off meeting showed their combined capacity building efforts to support national efforts to enhance Responsible Care institutional strengthening and chemical control regulations. The association also welcomes the close cooperation with the national chemicals association CIQyP and government representatives to advance sound chemicals and waste management.