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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 Kristin Schafer
Kristin Schafer
We promote policies and practices that reduce reliance on hazardous pesticides. We also conduct grassroots science and advocacy with communities directly harmed by industrial agriculture, including community-scale farmers, farmworkers, rural families and Indigenous communities.
Read more about Gretta Goldenman
Gretta Goldenman
Specialist consultant in handling chemical products and hazardous waste, with experience in projects related to international convention (Stockholm Convention, Minamata Convention), as well as cleaner production programs and safe handling of chemical products and waste in private companies. She worked for the non-profit organization Health Care without Harm as project manager in Latin America, organizing workshops and projects to eliminate mercury, hazardous waste, sustainble procurement, and environmental management in hospitals and other health facilities in Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico , Nicaragua, Colombia, Panama and Guatemala.
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 Paul Kellett
Paul Kellett
The Environmentally Sound Management of Lighting, Appliances and Electrical Equipment is a key part of our Integrated Policy Approach to transforming product marketing to much more efficient electrical products across more than 75 countries. Read more at united4efficiency.org