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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 Elena Jardan
Elena Jardan
Elena Jardan is working at WHO in the Chemicals safety and health unit, responsible for lead-related projects. She is a medical doctor in preventive toxicology with advanced degrees in hygiene and public health. She has developed materials to support government decision-making, e.g. on chemicals regulation (including health and economic impacts), workers’ health, environmental health and implementation of international agreements. She has organized several International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week campaigns.
Read more about Golam Rabbani
Golam Rabbani
In my organization, we are working to spread the message about the need for environmental conservation – to ensure the protection of biological diversity and ecological balance. Our motto is to promote and encourage an environmental movement through a participatory democratic framework involving diverse social groups, and to assist them with ideas, information, and leadership for promoting a safe, sustainable, and toxic-free world. We conduct consultations, workshops and meetings with government agencies, relevant stakeholders, project partners, industrial associations, health professionals, multi sector group of people about the adverse effects of lead in paints and mercury in consumer products, dental amalgam
Read more about Mohamed Abdulai Kamara
Mohamed Abdulai Kamara
By controlling and managing chemicals, develop action and implementation plans, draft laws and enforcement, review Regulations and developing standards
Read more about Feng Wang
Feng Wang
I work as a Programme Officer in UNEP in its Paris office. I manage projects in the areas of Life Cycle Thinking, Sustainable Consumption and Production and Circular Economy, to promote resource efficiency and pollution reduction in many sectors such as plastics, electronics, food and chemicals. In my current work, we develop methodologies and tools to quantify the environmental impacts of chemicals, to enable comparison and identification of alternatives.Feng holds a Doctorate Degree from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, on topics of eco-design and waste management of electronics products. Before joining UNEP, I worked as a researcher in
Read more about Alka Dubey
Alka Dubey
I have been working on chemicals such as BPA, triclosan, Phthalates, POPs. We are doing primary and secondary research work and through our findings we are approaching government to bring the policy change. We are also involved in capacity building of stakeholders to educate them on the issue and take appropriate action.