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News and opinion articles to inform on challenges, trends and achievements on the sound management of chemicals.

  • December 18
    Virtual Working Groups Advancing Beyond 2020 Chemicals Framework

    Virtual Working Groups Advancing Beyond 2020 Chemicals Framework

    Four Virtual Working Groups will address: targets, indicators and milestones; governance and mechanisms to support implementation; issues of concern; and financial considerations. ICCM5 Chair Gertrud Sahler emphasized the need for sound chemicals and waste management to achieve SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of the intersessional period is enable IP4 to finalize recommendations for decision-making at ICCM in July 2021.

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  • December 18
    Online Toolbox Supports National Chemicals Management

    Online Toolbox Supports National Chemicals Management

    The Toolbox identifies available resources to help countries find solutions to chemicals management issues. The Toolbox provides management schemes for eight issues, as well as six toolkits, and hundreds of tools.

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  • December 18
    Chemicals and Waste Declaration Discussions Focus on Structure, Key Elements

    Chemicals and Waste Declaration Discussions Focus on Structure, Key Elements

    The group supported exploring the best ways to raise the political profile of chemicals and waste management, including whether to reference the UN General Assembly in the HLD. The informal group is expected to develop an HLD draft for negotiations at the IP4 and ICCM5.While the COVID-19 pandemic might threaten to draw attention and resources away from chemicals work in the short term, chemicals have been crucial in responding to the pandemic, observed the ICCM5 President.

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  • December 1
    Declaration Drafting Group Collects Input on Chemicals and Waste Management Beyond 2020

    Declaration Drafting Group Collects Input on Chemicals and Waste Management Beyond 2020

    An informal drafting group discussed potential elements for inclusion in a high-level declaration on the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020. The possible declaration would be adopted at the fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), currently scheduled to convene in Bonn, Germany, from 5-9 July 2021.

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  • December 1
    Montreal Protocol’s Multilateral Fund to Continue Operations in 2021-2023

    Montreal Protocol’s Multilateral Fund to Continue Operations in 2021-2023

    Governments reached several agreements to allow the continued functioning of the Vienna Convention and its Montreal Protocol, becoming the first UNEP-serviced body to hold a virtual meeting that took multiple legally binding decisions. The agenda included: the replenishment of the Multilateral Fund for the triennium 2021-2023; methyl bromide critical-use exemptions for 2021 and 2022; financial reports and budgets; and membership of the various Protocol bodies and assessment panels. 

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  • November 24
    UN Special Rapporteur Emphasizes Right to Science in Managing Toxics

    UN Special Rapporteur Emphasizes Right to Science in Managing Toxics

    The UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights was established 25 years ago because of growing concern regarding hazardous waste generated in Europe being dumped in Africa.  The briefing presented assessment reports on issues of concern and on strengthening the science-policy interface for chemicals and waste management.

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  • November 24
    UNEP Compares Options for Science-Policy Interface on Chemicals and Waste

    UNEP Compares Options for Science-Policy Interface on Chemicals and Waste

    UNEA-4 underscored the need to strengthen the SPI at all levels to support and promote science-based local, national, regional, and global action on the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020. The report outlines three possible options for strengthening the SPI at the international level: an independent platform, similar to the IPCC and IPBES models; institutionalizing the Global Chemicals Outlook and Global Waste Management Outlook processes; and thematic subsidiary panels.

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  • November 24
    UNEP Assesses Eight Issues of Concern for Chemicals and Waste Management

    UNEP Assesses Eight Issues of Concern for Chemicals and Waste Management

    The report argues for integrating efforts on sound chemicals and waste management with other priorities, such as climate change, biodiversity, human rights, and labor standards. The authors suggest addressing a wider range of issues of concern, to include those that have previously received insufficient attention, rather than specific hazardous chemicals or groups of chemicals. The report is intended to support further discussions at UNEA-5 in February 2021.

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  • November 10
    Future Policy Award for the Protection from Hazardous Chemicals

    Future Policy Award for the Protection from Hazardous Chemicals

    Hamburg/Geneva/New York/Paris, 10th November 2020 – 55 policies from 36 countries enter the race for the “Oscar on best policies”: The Future Policy Award (FPA) 2021 is looking for the world’s best policies that protect people and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The Call for Nominations reached over 40,000 experts from intergovernmental organisations, non-profit organisations, academic and research institutions, government agencies, and other notable organisations active in this field.

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  • October 25
    Lead Paint Alliance Highlights Success Stories Ahead of Week of Action

    Lead Paint Alliance Highlights Success Stories Ahead of Week of Action

    Ahead of the eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (Lead Paint Alliance) has highlighted a number of success stories from 2019,...

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  • October 25
    WHO Makes Case for Laws to Eliminate Lead Paint

    WHO Makes Case for Laws to Eliminate Lead Paint

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a policy brief and accompanying technical brief on eliminating lead paint and ways for countries to take action.The briefs, titled ...

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  • October 22
    Experts Discuss Success Factors in Regulating Lead in Paint

    Experts Discuss Success Factors in Regulating Lead in Paint

    The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (Lead Paint Alliance) held a webinar for policymakers on eliminating lead in paint through regulatory action. The Lead Paint Alliance ...

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  • October 15
    OECD, Experts Discuss Access to Information on Chemical Safety

    OECD, Experts Discuss Access to Information on Chemical Safety

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) hosted a webinar on its eChemPortal, which aims to increase access to information on chemicals, enable companies and...

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  • October 12
    WEF Paper Guides Trade Facilitation of More Circular Electronics Industry

    WEF Paper Guides Trade Facilitation of More Circular Electronics Industry

    In a new white paper titled, ‘Facilitating Trade Along Circular Electronics Value Chains,’ the World Economic Forum (WEF) has reviewed the role of trade in moving to a more circular economy...

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  • October 12
    SAICM Brief Explores Costing Tools for Sound Chemicals Management

    SAICM Brief Explores Costing Tools for Sound Chemicals Management

    In a new policy brief, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) shows how governments are using economic tools to balance the benefits of chemicals with their socio...

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  • October 12
    Dates Announced for International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2020

    Dates Announced for International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2020

    The eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) will take place from 25–31 October 2020. Virtual events during the week will focus on the need to accelerate progress towards the...

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  • October 2
    Prevention Week Pushes Global Phase Out of Lead Paint

    Prevention Week Pushes Global Phase Out of Lead Paint

    ​The eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) will focus on accelerating progress to phase out lead paint around the world. A website for the campaign from...

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  • September 25
    Community of Practice Discusses Adoption of Limits, Laws on Lead in Paint

    Community of Practice Discusses Adoption of Limits, Laws on Lead in Paint

    The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management’s (SAICM) Lead in Paint Community of Practice (CoP) held two online discussions on the adoption of lead paint laws and on setting limits...

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  • September 16
    Rotterdam Convention Committee Recommends Informed Consent Procedure for Trade in Two Chemicals

    Rotterdam Convention Committee Recommends Informed Consent Procedure for Trade in Two Chemicals

    During a four-day virtual meeting, the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in...

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  • September 11
    Working Group Pushes Forward on Guidelines for Plastics, POPs, Incineration

    Working Group Pushes Forward on Guidelines for Plastics, POPs, Incineration

    A working group of government representatives convened virtually to discuss several items on the agenda for the Basel Convention on the movement and disposal of hazardous wastes. The meeting aimed...

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  • August 31
    Community of Practice Addresses Links Between Gender and Chemicals

    Community of Practice Addresses Links Between Gender and Chemicals

    The Chemicals and SDGs Community of Practice (CoP), organized by the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Secretariat, addressed challenges related to gender and sound...

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  • August 19
    Global Observatory Tracks Lead Paint Legislation, Health-related SDG Targets

    Global Observatory Tracks Lead Paint Legislation, Health-related SDG Targets

    As of 31 May 2020, only 39% of countries had legally binding controls on the production, import, sale and use of lead paints, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Health...

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  • August 13
    Colombia Limits Lead Paint in Children’s Items

    Colombia Limits Lead Paint in Children’s Items

    Colombia has adopted a law limiting the use of lead paint, particularly in items used by children. The law cites “the right of persons to develop physically and intellectually in a lead-free...

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  • August 13
    Experts Emphasize Private Sector's Role in Combating Marine Litter

    Experts Emphasize Private Sector's Role in Combating Marine Litter

    The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) held a side event on engaging industry to tackle marine litter and achieve SDG 14 (life below water). The event convened on the sidelines of the 2020...

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  • August 10
    eChemPortal: The Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances

    eChemPortal: The Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances

    The eChemPortal provides access to scientific information on chemical substances of regulatory relevance. It includes over 800,000 substance records from over 34 databases. The online portal...

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