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Geneva Green Guide

Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety

IFCS
c/o World Health Organisation
20 Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Tel: 
(+41 22) 791 38 73
Fax: 
(+41 22) 791 48 75
Email: 
Contact: 

Judy Stober, Tel: (+41 22) 791 36 50, Email: stoberj@who.int

Description

The IFCS is an alliance of all stakeholders concerned with the sound management of chemicals. It is a global platform where governments, international, regional and national organizations, industry groups, public interest associations, labour organizations, scientific associations and representatives of civil society meet to build partnerships, provide advice and guidance, make recommendations and monitor progress. The IFCS serves as a facilitator, advocates systemizing global actions taken in the interest of global chemical safety and functions as an accountability mechanism for its participants.

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
1994
Staff: 
3
Chief/Director: 
President: Cheikh Ndiaye Sylla, Government of Senegal
Activities: 

The functions of the IFCS are consultative and advisory, and include:

  • identifying priorities for cooperative action and facilitating this cooperation;
  • making recommendations for concerted international strategies;
  • promoting the strengthening of national chemicals-management coordination mechanisms;
  • identifying gaps in scientific understanding;
  • promoting information exchange and technical cooperation;
  • reviewing the effectiveness of relevant ongoing activities;
  • advising governments on their work on chemical safety;
  • promoting cooperation among governmental and non-governmental organizations;
  • evaluating progress on agreed actions and recommendations.

Forum discussions, adopted recommendations and agreed actions contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the work of other chemicals-related international organizations and institutions.

Cooperation: 

with governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.

Publications: 

include reports of Forum sessions, resource guides, videos and other materials/documents. All are available on the website.

Keywords: 
chemicals