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Emerging Policy Issues

Chemicals in products
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Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals
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Hazardous chemicals in electronics
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Highly Hazardous Pesticides
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Lead in paint
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Perfluorinated Chemicals
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Pharmaceutical pollutants
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Policy brief

A review of PFAS as a Chemical Class in the Textiles Sector

For over a decade, under both SAICM and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the class of chemicals known as PFAS is gaining increasing international attention.

Policy Document

Global elimination of lead paint: why and how countries should take action

Lead has toxic effects on almost all body systems and is especially harmful for children and pregnant women. Lead paint is an avoidable source of exposure to lead.


Women, Chemicals and the SDGs

Gender Review Mapping with a Focus on Women and Chemicals: Impact of Emerging Policy Issues and the Relevance for the Sustainable Development Goals

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People working for a healthier environment

Read more about Debbie Muir
Debbie Muir
I work for a government department that uses pesticides to combat invasive alien species (plants and animals) using community members as our workforce thus creating jobs and protecting South Africa's biodiversity.
Read more about Sun Cho
Sun Cho

I am currently supporting the establishment of an online knowledge management system (KMS) for a GEF-funded "Financing Agrochemical Reduction and Management (FARM)" project which aims to tackle the reduction of using highly hazardous pesticides an

Read more about Amal Saad-Hussein
Amal Saad-Hussein

Collaboration with the air pollutant monitoring researchers to estimate the levels of environmental pollutants then we study the health impacts on the exposed persons and plan a preventive strategy to minimize the hazardous effects and raising awa

Read more about Thalia Sampaio
Thalia Sampaio
We´re organizing our chemical products in order to prevent environment problems and help the students to understand what happens to chemical waste that are generated during classes.
Read more about Mehrnoosh Azodi
Mehrnoosh Azodi
How does your work on chemicals contribute to a healthier environment?I facilitate the role of the private sector engagement in meeting the SAICM objectives toward the sound management of chemicals and waste. My role involves the coordination of the joint projects of UNEP with the chemical industry partner (International Council of Chemical Associations) in several countries including China, India, Tanzania and Argentina on topics such as United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, circular economy, knowledge and information sharing and plastic waste. Part of my responsibility includes the development of a reporting framework to measure the contributions of the chemicals sector to