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  • Database
    PHARMS-UBA database

    PHARMS-UBA database

    Residues of pharmaceuticals are known to occur widely in the aquatic environment of industrialized countries. Even in developing and emerging... Read More

  • Policy document
    Compendium of WHO and other UN guidance on health and environment

    Compendium of WHO and other UN guidance on health and environment

    This compendium provides a systematic compilation of published guidance from WHO and other UN organizations on health and environment. Guidance... Read More

  • Case studies
    Future Policy Award 2021: Colombia - Environmentally Persistent Pharmaceutical Pollutants

    Future Policy Award 2021: Colombia - Environmentally Persistent Pharmaceutical Pollutants

    Despite the fact that pharmaceuticals are indispensable for human and animal health, they may cause undesired adverse effects. Specifically,... Read More

  • Case studies
    Future Policy Award 2021: Philippines - Lead in Paint

    Future Policy Award 2021: Philippines - Lead in Paint

    Lead is a cumulative toxic element particularly harmful to young children and pregnant women. Lead can be present at high levels in paint and is... Read More

  • Case studies
    Future Policy Award 2021: Sri Lanka - Pesticides

    Future Policy Award 2021: Sri Lanka - Pesticides

    The Special Award Highly Hazardous Pesticides is one of the most ambitious and impactful solutions that minimizes the adverse effects of... Read More

  • Case studies
    Future Policy Award 2021: Sweden, Region Stockholm - Chemicals in products

    Future Policy Award 2021: Sweden, Region Stockholm - Chemicals in products

    Although chemicals are important components in many products, they may be released at any stage of the product life cycle, resulting in... Read More

  • Case studies
    Future Policy Award 2021: Kyrgyzstan - Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

    Future Policy Award 2021: Kyrgyzstan - Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

    Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals is a non-binding internationally agreed-upon system managed by the UN... Read More

  • Newsletter
    Era of leaded petrol over, eliminating a major threat to human and planetary health

    Era of leaded petrol over, eliminating a major threat to human and planetary health

    • Official end of use of leaded petrol will prevent more than 1.2 million premature deaths and save USD 2.45 trillion a year
    • The end... Read More
  • Report
    Regional Electronics Study and Circularity Roadmap in the LAC Region: Mapping of Existing Initiatives

    Regional Electronics Study and Circularity Roadmap in the LAC Region: Mapping of Existing Initiatives

    Technological development has made electrical and electronic equipment (EEE1) essential parts of contemporary life and... Read More

  • Article
    UNEP Report Spotlights Best Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic Products

    UNEP Report Spotlights Best Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic Products

    Around 50% of all plastic produced is produced for single-use purposes, according to a new report. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for countries to reduce pollution from single-use plastic products. Life-cycle assessment studies compared SUPPs and their alternatives - both single-use and reusable - including for shopping bags, beverage bottles, take-away food packaging, beverage cups, tableware, nappies/diapers, pads and tampons, and face masks. Read More
  • Article
    Chemicals and Wastes Conventions Make Progress between In-Person Meetings

    Chemicals and Wastes Conventions Make Progress between In-Person Meetings

    The parties to three global conventions on hazardous chemicals and wastes convened online to make decisions enabling operations to continue until a face-to-face meeting is possible. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin notes that in addition to the key policy achievements resulting from this meeting, two central challenges endure: financial support for the sustainable management of chemicals and waste, and the meaning—and operationalization—of universal access and participation. Read More
  • Article
    Webinar Provides Updates on Indicators for SAICM Beyond 2020

    Webinar Provides Updates on Indicators for SAICM Beyond 2020

    To provide information and ideas for the development of SAICM beyond 2020, information on targets, reporting, and indicators used in three UN frameworks or agreements were presented. All three examples include an instrument for national implementation, with associated targets, indicators, and reporting. An independent evaluation of SAICM identified a need for ‘impact’ indicators on the state of the environment and public health regarding chemicals and waste.  Read More
  • Report
    Pharmaceuticals Residues in Hospital Wastewater (Europe)

    Pharmaceuticals Residues in Hospital Wastewater (Europe)

    The healthcare sector has a unique healing mission, yet hospitals are key point sources for specialised pharmaceutical residues entering the... Read More

  • Video
    Safer Pharma | Pharmaceuticals in the environment (Russian) - Безопасное обращение с отходами лекарств

    Safer Pharma | Pharmaceuticals in the environment (Russian) - Безопасное обращение с отходами лекарств

    Лекарственные средства в окружающей среде являются глобальной проблемой - более 600 активных лекарственных веществ и их метаболитов обнаружены в... Read More

  • Video
    Safer Pharma | Pharmaceuticals in the environment

    Safer Pharma | Pharmaceuticals in the environment

    Pharmaceuticals in the environment are a global problem – more than 600 pharmaceuticals and their metabolites have been found in the environment... Read More

  • Article
    Drafting Group Provides Recommendations for Post-2020 Chemicals Declaration

    Drafting Group Provides Recommendations for Post-2020 Chemicals Declaration

    An informal drafting group has concluded its work to develop essential elements for a possible high-level declaration on a post-2020 chemicals agreement. The co-facilitators have identified issues requiring further review, such as funding, peer review, science-policy interface, and capacity building. The group's recommendations will form the basis of a proposal for continued discussions on the declaration when face-to-face meetings resume.  Read More
  • Article
    Cooling Paradox Must Be Addressed: Montreal Protocol Task Force

    Cooling Paradox Must Be Addressed: Montreal Protocol Task Force

    To continue facilitating the repair of the ozone layer, the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol held the second part of its 43rd Meeting. The technical discussions created a basis for the policy negotiations expected to take place at the combined meetings of the Vienna Convention COP and Montreal Protocol MOP in October 2021. Discussions addressed the unexpected increase in emissions of CFC-11 and related calls for improved monitoring and enforcement, and the need to shift to energy-efficient and low-global-warming-potential technologies, Read More
  • Article
    Ministers Pledge Funding, Commitment for Chemicals Action

    Ministers Pledge Funding, Commitment for Chemicals Action

    During the Ministerial Dialogue, the Governments of Denmark, Germany, and the UK announced additional contributions to the UN Environment Programme’s Special Programme on Institutional Strengthening for the Chemicals Cluster. A Stakeholder Dialogue featured calls for the establishment of a science-policy interface on chemicals and waste.  Read More
  • Article
    Report Highlights Opportunities for Coordinated Action on Climate, Chemicals

    Report Highlights Opportunities for Coordinated Action on Climate, Chemicals

    Interlinkages between climate change and hazardous chemicals management support the case for mobilizing resources to combat climate change. The authors say more information and data should be generated on links in such areas as groundwater, freshwater systems, pesticide usage projections, and desertification.  Read More
  • Database
    Lead in paint laboratory database

    Lead in paint laboratory database

    The Lead in Paint Laboratory Database lists laboratories from all UN regions capable of identifying and quantifying lead in paint samples.

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  • Article
    Study Examines Prospects for Collaboration among Biodiversity, Chemicals and Waste Conventions

    Study Examines Prospects for Collaboration among Biodiversity, Chemicals and Waste Conventions

    The study seeks to enable the four chemicals and waste conventions to contribute to discussions on and implementation of the post-2020 biodiversity framework and future work of biodiversity-related instruments. Mercury, POPs, pesticides, and hazardous and other wastes are negatively impacting soil biodiversity, which can affect food security. Collaboration on plastics, e-waste, pesticides and pollinators, illegal trade, the sharing of monitoring data and scientific research, and shared communications and messaging could benefit both the biodiversity and chemicals and waste worlds. Read More
  • Article
    SAICM Report Urges More Circularity for Building and Construction Materials

    SAICM Report Urges More Circularity for Building and Construction Materials

    Addressing chemicals of concern in building and construction provides significant opportunities for sustainable development. A building’s life cycle can last from several decades to centuries, creating a lag between the design and manufacturing stages of a construction product and its end-of-life stages. The global construction sector is expected to grow by 3.5% annually with its chemicals market estimated to increase by 6.2% annually between 2018 and 2023.  Read More
  • Report
    Mapping of Stakeholders for the Regional Electronics Study and Circularity Roadmap in the Latin America and The Caribbean

    Mapping of Stakeholders for the Regional Electronics Study and Circularity Roadmap in the Latin America and The Caribbean

    This document has been developed within the framework of the... Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Chemicals and toys

    Chemicals and toys

    The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Chemicals in Products to bring... Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Reformulation is entirely possible

    Reformulation is entirely possible

    The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have established a Read More