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Africa Regional Meeting on SAICM

IPEN Team at the Africa SAICM Regional Meeting, Accra, Ghana, 27-29 June 2022 Right hand Dr. Leslie Adogame (SRADev – Nigeria) Mr. Kwame Ofori (AKO Foundation Ghana) Ms. Semia Gharbi (AEEFG, Tunisia) Left hand Mr. Silvani Mng’anya (AGENDA, Tanzania) Dr. Gilbert Kuepouo (CREPD, Cameroon) Ms. Adetonah Sounkoura (GAPROFFA, Benin) Mr. Emmanuel Odjam-Akumatey (Ecological Restoration, Ghana). The aim of the Regional Meeting (also convened in other regions) was to undertake strategic discussions to prepare for the fourth meeting of the intersessional process considering SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and wastes beyond 2020. This included among others discussion on items not considered during the Virtual Working Groups (VWGs) and the outcomes of the VWGs, logistics for IP4 and regional representation given the funding limitation.

The new instrument will succeed if there is sustainable financing. The Region, among others means, noted the need for full Secretariat funding to enable developing countries to implement the new SAICM instrument, and financial mechanism to include but not limit to industry contribution from its annual revenue, institute the Polluter pays principle and internalization of cost.

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