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Plastic pollution: harmful chemicals in our plastics

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June 2022

Global cumulative plastic production is predicted to reach 34,000 million tonnes between 1950 and 2050.The harmful chemicals released from plastic products throughout their entire life cycle can pose a serious risk to humans and the environment, including when waste is not properly managed, finding its way to air, water and soils.While the preparations for the legally binding agreement on plastic pollution are ongoing, the plastic waste and chemicals in plastics are being discussed at the 2021/2022 meetings of the conferences

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Gender equality to make mercury history

March 2021
On International Women’s Day, the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury launched a video on how women are more negatively impacted by mercury and what needs to be done to better protect, support and promote gender equality. watch the videoThe Minamata Convention tackles mercury throughout its entire life cycle, fighting gender issues every step of the way. This includes supporting gender-specific trainings and helping implement National Action Plans with a gender perspective -- with special focus on the problem
Emerging Policy Issues: Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals
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ICCM5 Joint video message UNEP ED and German Minister for the Environment

March 2021
Joint video message from Svenja Schulze, German Minister for the Environment, and Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, on the Fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) that should have started this week in Bonn, and has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both call upon the international community to keep the momentum going to protect human health and the environment from the potential adverse impacts of chemicals and waste beyond 2020
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SAICM Secretariat Team

December 2020
SAICM Secretariat Team
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Video: Mercury in skin lightening products - a threat to health

October 2020
Video animation explaining why mercury and, in particular, mercury in skin lightening products is dangerous to health and the need for countries to take action to ban this source of exposure.
Emerging Policy Issues: Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals
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SAICM Perflourinated Chemicals Video

January 2020
Perflourinated Chemicals (PFCs) are the key ingredient in many stain, water and grease repellent coatings that make outdoor jackets water tight and frying pans non sticky. These chemicals consist of long molecules that contain carbon chains surrounded by fluorine. That bond between carbon and fluorine is incredibly tight. They interact so strongly with each other that the normal, inter-molecular forces, that cause substances to stick to each other, don’t stand a chance.While some types of PFCs are either safe or
Emerging Policy Issues: Perfluorinated Chemicals
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SAICM Environmentally Persistent Pharmaceuticals Pollutants Video

January 2020
Pharmaceuticals are chemicals we specifically design to act on living cells. They regulate, in organisms, hormonal balance and the way it metabolizes its nutrients. Pharmaceuticals even change the way signals travel between cells. In order to work, many drugs have to resist the stomach’s acid environment, so the compounds can reach their destination inside the body. That’s why they are formulated to degrade very slowly or not at all. When active pharmaceuticals pass through our bodies and enter the environment
Emerging Policy Issues: Pharmaceutical pollutants
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SAICM Highly Hazardous Pesticides Video

January 2020
We use a wide variety of chemical compounds to prevent living organisms from damaging crops and spreading diseases like malaria. These compounds are collectively termed pesticides. These days the majority of pesticides have low to moderate acute toxicity. But despite their many positive developments, there remain a small but significant group of Highly Hazardous Pesticides that cause illness and environmental damage.Not only because they are very toxic, but also because they remain active for a long time after being released
Emerging Policy Issues: Highly Hazardous Pesticides