Chemss2016 – an active development of global chemical safety and security

Chemss2016 – an active development of global chemical safety and security

Chaired by Amb. Krzysztof Paturej (President of the ICCSS), the Global Chemical Safety and Security Summit was the first global gathering of stakeholders and shareholders from all sectors of chemical world: the industry, governmental agencies, academia, civil society, non-governmental organizations, independent experts. Chemss2016 and Targi Kielce have gathered over 400 participants from 47 (mainly developing) countries. The largest delegations at Chemss2016 were from China, the USA, Ukraine and Poland. Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, has sent a special address to the Chemss2016 participants in which he emphasized the importance of chemical safety and security in the spheres of international and national security, economic development, environmental protection and international cooperation.

The Global Chemical Safety and Security Summit CHEMSS 2016 acquainted governmental agencies, international organizations, representatives of the industry, the civil defense and first respondents as well as chemical users with the best practices, capacity building and programs enhancing chemical safety and security. This was achieved through numerous sessions, trainings and workshops, case study analyses and development of global chemical safety and security policies as well as through sharing of best practices. The Summit’s agenda included 25 themed sessions and two additional events, Seminar on Integrated Impact Assessment, and the Forum on Cybersecurity and Reliability of Industrial Control Systems led by Poland and the US; practical presentations of the Polish national agendas and the work of companies in response to crises and chemical threat prevention, as well as demonstrations of modern technological solutions and equipment aimed at ensuring chemical and ecological safety and security.

There were concrete arrangements and  agreements achieved during Chemss2016 which build a broad environment for the development of chemical and ecological safety and security on the local, national, regional and global level.

The Summit Declaration on the development of international cooperation to increase chemical safety and security (declaration) was adopted at the Chemss2016 Final Session, chaired by. Mr. Dr. Andrzej Jagusiewicz, ICCSS Director for Eco-development and international relations and co-chaired by Mr. David Wulf, Director at US Department of Homeland Security. It is the first document of this kind in the world, which links process safety with measures against misuse of chemicals and environmental protection and stresses the need for development of a global chemical safety and security culture. The Declaration also endorses the role of ICCSS as an international leader in chemical safety and security.

Chemss2016 participants stressed the importance of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) for the development of chemical safety and security as an important element of security on the national and international level.

Chemss2016 participants stressed the role of the Organisation for the Prohibition of  Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as the platform for cooperation in reducing chemical threat.

Chemss2016 participants welcomed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

During the African Forum participants declared that chemical safety and security is an important element in the economic growth of security in each country and in the region as a whole and expressed readiness to implement legal and organizational measures to increase the security in economic activities. The African Forum highlighted the role of the Kenyan Program for Chemical Safety and Security, implemented by ICCSS and financed by the Government of Norway, as a model solution for enhancing chemical and ecological safety and security in Africa.

The China Dialogue on Developing Polish-Chinese Cooperation in Reducing Chemical Threats and Enhancing Chemical and Ecological Safety and Security, which took place at Technology Park in Pulawy, Poland, resulted in a Joint Communiqué on Expanding Cooperation (link to communique) between the International Centre for Chemical Safety and Security (ICCSS) and China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation (CPCIF) (link to CPCIF). It was agreed that the ICCSS-coordinated “Local Awareness and Responsibility” program will be implemented in China (link to the program). The Chinese delegation invited Polish and international partners to further cooperation in development of the local chemical security program, with ICCSS as a point of contact. Chinese partners confirmed their strategic partnership in the preparation and conduct of future Chemss Summits.

During the Ukrainian Forum, a Table Top Exercise “Safe Border” led by Ukraine, Poland and the USA, was held. Its focus was on prevention of illegal transfers of chemicals. The main message of the Ukrainian Forum is a commitment for joint cooperation and help in creation of volunteer fire departments in Ukraine as a part of a program for integrated chemical safety and security in Ukraine which is implemented by OBWE and coordinated by the ICCSS.

The session devoted to Innovative Solutions for Disposal of Hazardous Chemicals concluded with an agreement on setting up a permanent forum for sharing experiences on hazardous chemicals and waste disposal. This will include sharing of experience in utilization of explosives and chemical weapons.

During the Forum on Jordan Preparedness against Chemical Threats, representatives of Jordan and the ICCSS made a statement about a joint initiative to prepare a working document about measures to build trust in chemical safety and security in the Middle East.

Forum on Building Local Awareness, Responsibility, Partnerships and Response to Mitigate Chemical Safety and Security Threats Voluntary Programs confirmed that traditional responses to crises are not sufficient to meet new challenges brought about by the rise of chemical accidents and catastrophes regardless of whether they have natural or human-led causes. In order to meet the potential threats related to dealing with hazardous substances one needs to engage all stakeholders at the local level. These include representatives of: the administration, private sector, industry, civil society and mass media. The Forum expressed support and stressed importance of the ICCSS-initiated program “Local Awareness and Responsibility in Chemical Safety and Security”, as a model program for introducing chemical and ecological safety and security at a local level.

The session on Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction and the meeting of the Chemical Security Sub-Working Group confirmed support of the members of G7 Global Partnership for the development of chemical safety and security on the global scale.

Seminar on Integrated Impact Assessment for new and existing industrial enterprises indicated the role of the Integrated Impact Assessment in the assessment of the extent in which an investment will influence the environment and whether there is a possibility to decrease this impact.

The sessions on Industry Led Programs to Assist First Responders During a Hazmat Incident, Responsible Agriculture for the Safe and Secure Handling of Fertilizers, Regulatory Programs for the Transportation of Chemicals; Voluntary Programs for the Safe and Secure Transportation of Chemicals all presented best national and industrial programs and practices. These will be further developed during the programs devoted to cooperation and sharing of best practices. It should be emphasized that the US Department of Homeland Security played a leading role in the presentation of best national programs and practices. Among the programs on chemical safety and security in industry and transportation of chemicals programs implemented by DOW Chemical Company were most frequently presented.

The Panel Discussion ‘Encyclical Laudato si’ – “Praised be You” – Pope Francis inspiration for Efforts to Secure Chemical and Ecological Safety and Security raised the topic of the engagement of religious leaders and Church representatives in the protection of environment. The session confirmed that the Encyclical serves as an inspiration for practical actions in environmental protection and enhancement of environmental and chemical safety and security.

During the Summit, the Chemical Security Milestone Awards were officially presented. They were funded by the ICCSS and awarded for personal accomplishments in development of chemical safety and security in the world. The Chemical Security Milestone Awards were given in the following categories: Personality (Amb. B. Jenkins, US Department of State), Public Administration (M. Borowski, Head of Technical Inspection Office, Poland), International Organisation (Amb. V. Verba, OBWE in Kiev), Industry (T. Scott, DOW Chemicals), Science (Prof. M. Martellini, Italy), Civil Society (O. Sadovsky, Ukrainian Chemists Union). Special Distinctions were granted to: Amb. K.Mworia from Kenya; D.Wulf, US Department of State; Amb. H.Farajvand from Iran, and A.Mochoń, CEO of Targi Kielce.

Over 50 exhibitors participated in the Fair. They showed latest technical solutions and equipment in the chemical and ecological safety and security. The Chem-Arena Demonstrations, which included speeches and presentations by companies about specific products, were an important element of the Fair. The Exhibitors confirmed support and readiness to join program “Local Awareness and Responsibility in Chemical Safety and Security”, by developing and providing technologies, equipment and trainings in chemical and ecological safety and security.

During the Concluding Plenary Session it was confirmed that the Global Chemical Safety and Security Summit will be organized every year. The location and date of Chemss2017 will be announced soon.

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