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    Safety of manufactured nanomaterials (OECD)

    Safety of manufactured nanomaterials (OECD)

    The webpage presents OECD`s activities with regard to safety of manufactured nanomaterials starting back in 2006. By this, OECD intends to... Read More

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    Nanotechnology at the German Environment Agency (UBA)

    Nanotechnology at the German Environment Agency (UBA)

    The German Environment Agency (UBA) webpage on nanotechnology indicates its activities and opinions as well as research efforts with regard to... Read More

  • Website
    Advanced Materials at the German Environment Agency (UBA)

    Advanced Materials at the German Environment Agency (UBA)

    The German Environment Agency (UBA) webpage on advanced materials highlights UBA´s current preparatory research and thematic conferences on... Read More

  • Academic article
    Nanomaterials in the environment: Behavior, fate, bioavailability, and effects—An updated review

    Nanomaterials in the environment: Behavior, fate, bioavailability, and effects—An updated review

    The present review covers developments in studies of nanomaterials (NMs) in the environment since our much cited review in 2008. We discuss... Read More

  • Academic article
    Spot the difference: engineered and natural nanoparticles in the environment—release, behavior, and fate

    Spot the difference: engineered and natural nanoparticles in the environment—release, behavior, and fate

    The production and use of nanoparticles leads to the emission of manufactured or engineered nanoparticles into the environment. Those particles... Read More

  • Report
    Environmental fate and behaviour of nanomaterials (2014) and Environmental assessment of nanomaterial use in Denmark (2015)

    Environmental fate and behaviour of nanomaterials (2014) and Environmental assessment of nanomaterial use in Denmark (2015)

    Both reports arose from the Danish project “NanoDEN”, commissioned by the Danish EPA.

    Environmental fate and behaviour of... Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Alternatives to HHPs – What are elements of success?

    Alternatives to HHPs – What are elements of success?

    The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) to foster discussions, exchange of best practices, and recommendations to address HHPs amongst relevant stakeholders. This is a summary of the discussion on Alternatives to HHPs – What are elements of success?, which took place on 20 October 2020. Read More
  • Article
    Minamata Parties Preparing First Long-Form National Reports

    Minamata Parties Preparing First Long-Form National Reports

    The Minamata Convention on Mercury entered into force in 2017, making it the “youngest” multilateral environmental agreement. The Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties is convening in two parts to ensure the Convention can continue to work. At an all-virtual first part, Parties adopted the Convention’s 2022 programme of work and budget and agreed on 21-25 March 2022 as the dates for the second segment of the meeting, which will convene in person in Bali, Indonesia. Read More
  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Alternatives in Phasing Out HHPs: Industry innovations and the Substitution process

    Alternatives in Phasing Out HHPs: Industry innovations and the Substitution process

    The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) to foster discussions, exchange of best practices, and recommendations to address HHPs amongst relevant stakeholders. This is a summary of the discussion on Alternatives in Phasing Out HHPs: Industry innovations and the Substitution process, which took place on 15 September 2020. Read More
  • Article
    GEF-8 Draft Work Program Includes Plastic Pollution, Circular Economy

    GEF-8 Draft Work Program Includes Plastic Pollution, Circular Economy

    The GEF was created 30 years ago to support developing countries' efforts to address priorities such as deforestation, desertification, climate change, biodiversity loss, and ozone depletion. The proposed work program for GEF-8 includes an expansion of efforts to address plastic pollution, support a circular economy, and sustainably manage international waters. Read More
  • Article
    Week of Action Aims to Accelerate Global Phase Out of Lead Paint

    Week of Action Aims to Accelerate Global Phase Out of Lead Paint

    The week is taking place several months after the UN Environment Programme announced that the use of lead in petrol gas had ended around the world. Governments, civil society organizations, health partners, industry, and others are encouraged to organize campaigns during this week of action. ILPPW aims to: raise awareness about the health impacts of lead exposure; highlight efforts to prevent exposure, particularly in children; and spur further action to eliminate lead paint through regulatory action at the country level.  Read More
  • Article
    Two New Pesticides to be Recommended for Rotterdam Listing

    Two New Pesticides to be Recommended for Rotterdam Listing

    CRC-17 concluded that FRA notifications on terbufos and iprodione meet the criteria for listing banned or severely restricted chemicals. The CRC also discussed whether information Mozambique had submitted in its notifications was sufficient to fulfill the Convention’s requirements. The Rotterdam Convention COP is scheduled to convene face-to face in June 2022, jointly and back-to-back with the COPs to the Basel and Stockholm Conventions. Read More
  • Article
    Countries Must Follow Science on Toxic Substance Exposure: Special Rapporteur

    Countries Must Follow Science on Toxic Substance Exposure: Special Rapporteur

    Orellana warned that disinformation about scientific evidence on hazardous substances has become a powerful tool for manipulating public understanding and debate, which has led to confusion, doubt, and mistrust in science. He highlighted plastic recycling as an example of disinformation in the context of toxics. The report highlights the ways in which States and other stakeholders should join efforts to establish a SPI platform on chemicals and waste that is free of conflicts of interest.  Read More
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    WHO, UN Partners Compile 500 Actions to Reduce Health and Environment Risks

    WHO, UN Partners Compile 500 Actions to Reduce Health and Environment Risks

    The compendium is the first resource of its kind that brings together expertise from across the UN system to address health and environment. Almost 25% of deaths worldwide could be prevented by fully implementing the listed actions. Maria Neira, WHO, said implementing the actions should be part of a healthy and green recovery from COVID-19 and is essential to attaining the SDGs. Read More
  • Article
    Growing Threat of E-waste Affecting Millions of Children Worldwide, WHO Warns

    Growing Threat of E-waste Affecting Millions of Children Worldwide, WHO Warns

    More than 18 million children and adolescents, some as young as five, are engaged in the informal industrial sector, of which waste processing is a sub-sector. A record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste was produced globally in 2019, increasing 21% in just five years. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the “tsunami of e-waste” deserves the same attention as is being given to protecting the ocean and its ecosystems from plastic and microplastic pollution. Read More
  • Article
    Special Rapporteur Highlights Right to Science, Impact of Plastics on Human Rights

    Special Rapporteur Highlights Right to Science, Impact of Plastics on Human Rights

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  • Article
    Largest Source of Lead Pollution Phased Out in All Countries

    Largest Source of Lead Pollution Phased Out in All Countries

    Leaded petrol was the world’s largest source of lead pollution. UNEP announced that its use has ended around the world, following a multistakeholder campaign that began in 2002.  UNEP stresses that there is still an urgent need to stop lead pollution from paints, batteries, and household items.  Read More
  • Article
    OECD Releases Guidance on Selecting Safer Chemical Alternatives

    OECD Releases Guidance on Selecting Safer Chemical Alternatives

    The guidance seeks to help industry, NGOs, and the public sector select appropriate methods and tools in order to respond to the growing interest in substituting harmful chemicals. The document focuses on minimum assessment criteria and recommended assessment practices for determining whether alternatives are safer. The guidance complements ongoing efforts on sustainable chemistry within the EU and other OECD countries. Read More
  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Climate Change and Chemicals: Connections and Consequences

    Climate Change and Chemicals: Connections and Consequences

    The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have launched a Community of Practice (CoP) on Chemicals and SDGs to bring representatives from different sectors together and to create a learning network around issues related to addressing Chemicals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is a summary of the discussion on Climate Change and Chemicals: Connections and Consequences, which took place on 22 September 2021. Read More
  • Factsheets and brochures
    Using a value chain approach to reduce chemicals of concern

    Using a value chain approach to reduce chemicals of concern

    Chemicals of concern (CoCs) contained in everyday products can have harmful impacts on human health and the environment. While chemical-related... Read More

  • Factsheets and brochures
    Chemicals of Concern in the Building and Construction Sector - Summary

    Chemicals of Concern in the Building and Construction Sector - Summary

    This is the summary of the UNEP report on... Read More

  • Report
    Market and Sector Analysis Report of the Chemical Supply Chain of the Construction Sector in Sri Lanka

    Market and Sector Analysis Report of the Chemical Supply Chain of the Construction Sector in Sri Lanka

    This market and sector analysis report of the chemical supply chain of the construction sector in Sri Lanka was conducted according to the... Read More

  • Infographic
    Infographic on Lead Paint Laboratory Database

    Infographic on Lead Paint Laboratory Database

    UNEP has created a database of laboratories undertaking lead paint testing, to to provide information on national laboratory capacity in the... Read More

  • 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