Side event – From prevention to response and recovery: an integrated approach to chemical accidents management

Side event – From prevention to response and recovery: an integrated approach to chemical accidents management

By EEC on 02 Oct 2015

OCHA called for greater attention to humanitarian impacts of chemical accidents at the side event of the Fourth Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management.

The side event “From prevention to response and recovery: an integrated approach to chemical accidents management” took place on 2 October 2015 and allowed for sharing of reflections on efforts to prevent, prepare and respond to chemical accidents and to contribute to achieving the SAICM 2020 goal. The side event Chair, Chief Government Chemist of Tanzania, Professor Samwel Victor Manyele, highlighted the importance of the “multi-stakeholder cooperation and coordination mechanisms including public private partnerships”. The representatives of International Organisations (OCHA, UNEP, UNECE, OECD and WHO) present at the event, also stressed out the importance of working together. “We need innovative partnerships. The removal of the ammonia was only possible because a private sector company, local government and international organizations joined forces under one common goal”, said Mr. Rene Nijenhuis of OCHA/UNEP Joint Environment Unit (JEU), referring to the project successfully carried out by Ambatovy, the winner of Green Star Awards 2015 for its prevention and preparedness work.The JEU carries out important role in the preparedness and response to industrial accidents and other types of environmental emergencies.

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