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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 Jerry T Toe Sr
Jerry T Toe Sr
I served as Manager of Compliance and Enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for five consecutive years. The purpose of this job is to ensure that all projects/developments undertaken in Liberia do not destroy the environment. This is done through the EIA process and the enforcement of the Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia. When all the potential impacts associated with development are identified, the Agency ususlly request for the mitigation options of these impacts. If the mitigation options presented by the project proponent are not satisfactory, the Agency usually requests for redesign of the project or rejects
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
Read more about Precious Chizonda
Precious Chizonda
By preventing accumulation, use of and eliminating highly hazardous pesticides and making good choices in the use of chemicals.
Read more about Vera Barrantes
Vera Barrantes
My work contributes in empowering people to become proactive in preventing chemicals risks and reducing environmental impacts of chemicals.
Read more about Rebecca Mlelwa
Rebecca Mlelwa

Rebecca is an Environmental and Occupational Health Specialist focusing on children’s environmental health, public health, management of hazardous chemicals in products, exposure assessment, chemical risk assessment and management, risk communicat