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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    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
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    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

  • Article
    Better Toy Safety Policies Needed to Protect Children: SAICM Report

    Better Toy Safety Policies Needed to Protect Children: SAICM Report

    An analysis of toy safety policies addressing chemicals of concern in toys was undertaken in low- and medium-income countries with the highest total import value of toys from China. The research indicates existing regulations in Tajikistan and Tanzania, but not in the other low-income countries reviewed. The report suggests that countries manufacturing or importing toys should establish enforcement mechanisms to ensure compliance with local regulatory requirements. Read More
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    GEF Council Approves Over $280M for Biodiversity, Climate, Chemicals, and Water

    GEF Council Approves Over $280M for Biodiversity, Climate, Chemicals, and Water

    The projects will address the interlinked challenges of climate change, biodiversity and wildlife habitat loss, land degradation, ocean pollution and depletion, and dangerous chemicals. The five Executive Secretaries from the conventions for which the GEF serves as a financial mechanism raised the themes of collaboration and the need for synergistic action during a dialogue with the GEF Council.  Read More
  • Policy document
    Understanding chemicals in products: SAICM Policy Brief

    Understanding chemicals in products: SAICM Policy Brief

    The transparency of information about chemicals in global supply chains has been an emerging policy issue for the Strategic Approach to... Read More

  • Policy document
    Chemicals of Concern in electronics: List of Lists and Regulatory Frameworks

    Chemicals of Concern in electronics: List of Lists and Regulatory Frameworks

    Chemicals in products and hazardous substances within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products have been longstanding emerging... Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Promoting youth engagement with different stakeholders in chemicals and waste

    Promoting youth engagement with different stakeholders in chemicals and waste

    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 Promoting youth engagement with different stakeholders in chemicals and waste, which took place on 26 May 2021. Read More
  • Report
    Summary report on Chemicals in Toys Policy in China

    Summary report on Chemicals in Toys Policy in China

    China is one of the largest producers, exporters and consumers of toy products in the world. In order to ensure the quality and safety of toys,... Read More

  • Report
    Children and digital dumpsites: e-waste exposure and child health

    Children and digital dumpsites: e-waste exposure and child health

    WHO launched the first comprehensive publication on e-waste, entitled ‘Children and digital dumpsites: e-waste exposure and child health... Read More

  • Article
    Experts Discuss Targets, Indicators for Chemicals and Waste Management Framework

    Experts Discuss Targets, Indicators for Chemicals and Waste Management Framework

    The 2021 edition of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum took place online from 27-28 April 2021. A panel session addressed targets and indicators to track national and global progress, as well as the role of regions with advanced chemicals management systems in helping less developed countries achieve a high standard of protection by 2030. The fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management will convene "once an end of the pandemic is foreseeable and travel restrictions are lifted around the world". Read More
  • Article
    SAICM, NRDC Examine Addressing Chemicals in Textile Industry

    SAICM, NRDC Examine Addressing Chemicals in Textile Industry

    The policy brief includes recommendations for government and the private sector in approaching PFAS as a class for production and use control purposes. The cost to the textile industry of poor chemical management is estimated at €7 billion per year, indicated by the value opportunity of eliminating occupational illnesses by 2030. The report describes the textile sector as an appropriate choice for analysis given the sector’s global value chain, which provides lessons for capacity building and enabling conditions that can extend to other sectors as well. Read More
  • Article
    Montreal Parties Agree on Replenishing Funds for Ozone Action

    Montreal Parties Agree on Replenishing Funds for Ozone Action

    The extraordinary meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (ExMOP 4) met to ensure donor countries could make payments to the Multilateral Fund within the fiscal year. Delegates then held discussions on scope and content of guidance to the TEAP Replenishment Task Force on further work on its replenishment report. OEWG 43 will resume in July 2021 to discuss energy efficiency and unexpected emissions of the ozone-depleting substance CFC-11. Read More
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    International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW Learn)

    International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW Learn)

    IW:LEARN is the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network. The IW:LEARN project was... Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    The Role of Alternatives in Phasing out HHPs

    The Role of Alternatives in Phasing out HHPs

    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 The Role of Alternatives in Phasing out HHPs, which took place on 19 May 2021. Read More
  • Report
    Review of chemicals related Toy Safety Policies and Regulations in selected Low and Middle Income Countries

    Review of chemicals related Toy Safety Policies and Regulations in selected Low and Middle Income Countries

    With a total revenue of more than 90 billion USD in 2018, the global toy market is an important sector of consumer products. Like many other... Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Chemicals and Biodiversity

    Chemicals and Biodiversity

    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 Chemicals and Biodiversity, which took place on 28 April 2021. Read More
  • Report
    Chemicals of concern in electronics: Review of legislative and regulatory approach

    Chemicals of concern in electronics: Review of legislative and regulatory approach

    This UNEP report provides a comprehensive but not necessarily exhaustive overview of the various regulatory approaches for CoC in EEE.... Read More