Forum IV

The Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (Forum IV) was held 1-7 November 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by the Government of Thailand. One hundred twenty-six governments participated in the meeting, together with 32 representatives from twelve intergovernmental organizations (IGO) and eighty-one representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGO).

The Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS or Forum) is an innovative participatory mechanism with the purpose of providing policy guidance and strategies for the sound management of chemicals at the national, regional and international levels. The Forum provides countries the opportunity to place issues on the international agenda and emphasize their special needs and concerns with respect to improving chemicals management. It was established in 1994 in response to a recommendation adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development – UNCED, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992.

Opening session of Forum IV

Forum IV Video

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The rap song video "Chemical Safety in a Vulnerable World" is available in different languages (English, Iranian, Slovenian, Spanish)

Overview of Proposed Agenda and Programme

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Meeting Documents

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Award of Merit

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The IFCS Awards of Merit prize shall recognize a person(s) or organization(s) for outstanding contributions to international activities in chemical safety.

Special Recognition Award

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The Special Recognition Award at Forum IV recognizes those contributing in an exceptional way on a special chemical topic or activity

Forum IV Reports

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Pre-Regional Meetings

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Regional meetings for Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean were held immediately prior to Forum IV on 30-31 October 2003

Lunchtime Presentations

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Indicators of Progress

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This section contains the Indicator of Progress report, which monitors the progress of countries toward meeting the IFCS Priorities for Action Beyond 2000.

Media Corner

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Forum IV Media Advisory, Press Release and General Background Information


Upcoming Events

Forum VI

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15-19 September 2008
(Pre meetings 13 & 14 September 2008)


Forum V

Budapest, Hungary
25-29 September 2006

Forum IV

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Bangkok, Thailand
1-7 November 2003

Forum III

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Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
15-20 October 2000

Forum II

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Ottawa, Canada
February 1997

Forum I

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The International Conference on Chemical Safety (Forum I) took place in Stockholm, Sweden
April 1994