Simultaneous interpretation is available in Chinese and English. The agenda is updated on 21 October 2019 and may be subject to change later. We apologize for any inconvenience due to the change of agenda. Delegates can complete registration in advance at 16:00-18:00 on 23rd October.

24th Oct. 2019
Time Topics Speakers
8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:10 Opening speech Geert Dancet, Secretary General, Helsinki Chemicals Forum
Yoke Loon Lim, Board Director, AICM
9:10-9:30 Keynote speech: Cooperative solutions to emerging challenges in implementing industrial chemicals management systems Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, OECD
9:30-9:50 Keynote Speech:Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste for a Sustainable World Tim Kasten,Deputy Director, Economy Division, UNEP
9:50-10:10 Coffee & Networking
10:10-12:10 Panel 1:How to measure the performance of different chemical management systems

Moderator: Eeva Leinala, Principal Administrator, Hazard Assessment and Risk Reduction Programmes, OECD

12:10-13:20 Lunch
13:20-15:20 Panel 2:Plastics and circularity – from pollution to a value based proposition for all

Moderator: Tim Kasten,Deputy Director, Economy Division, UNEP

15:20-15:40 Coffee & Networking
15:40-16:00 Keynote speech: Report on inspection and supervision of import & export dangerous goods Qunli Yu, Deputy Director, Division of Commodity Inspection, General Administration of Customs, P.R.China.
16:00-18:00 Panel 3:The quality of and access to data on chemicals

Moderator: Hugo Waeterschoot, Chemicals Management Aadvisor, Eurometaux

18:30-21:30 Dinner & Night Cruise on Huangpu River

10:10-12:10 PANEL 1

How to measure the performance of different chemical management systems


What are meaningful indicators to measure success? Do different stakeholders measure success differently? What needs to be measured over time? What is the cost of action or inaction? How to assess value for money of the different regulatory systems?

Moderator: Eeva Leinala, Principal Administrator, OECD

13:20-15:20 PANEL 2

Plastics and circularity – from pollution to a value based proposition for all


There are many facts of the plastics agenda and it goes well beyond the plastic pollution in oceans and rivers. Ultimately the marine plastics / litter issue is an impact from the failure to adopt a circular approach to plastics use. Plastics have a chemical production, usage pattern and waste management issue. When the cycle fails plastics reach the sea and have the impacts we now see. The focus of this panel should be on plastic use and phase out where possible (alternatives) at the national level coupled with education of the public and waste producers on sorting and segregation of plastics at the point of production. The panel will also cover the future opportunity of the collection, processing and use of plastic waste as a secondary resource. This involves taking into account existing standards and encouraging countries to adopt and implement policies on waste collection at urban and industrial sites, coupled with providing incentives for industries to generate revenue from the waste. The discussion will also touch on how new technologies can also produce hydrocarbon plastic feedstock which can re-enter the value chain.

Moderator: Tim Kasten,Deputy Director, Economy Division, UNEP

16:00-18:00 PANEL 3

The quality of and access to data on chemicals


The amount of data being available on chemical substance in commerce is continuously rising, even though the quality of the data is of varying (or unknown) quality. This rise creates challenges relating to competing demands for this data, from actors with competing interests (such as regulators, companies, downstream users, researchers, consumers). It is also important to acknowledge that while the amount of data is on a constant rise, data and information gaps still exists or is not acted upon. This situation also creates important challenges to handle that vast amount of data in terms of format/IT, reliability, analysis and subsequent actions,. How to ensure that relevant actors have access to the data they need of the right quality and that this data is adequately acted upon to limit the environmental and human health impacts of substances on the market.

Moderator: Hugo Waeterschoot, advisor, Eurometaux