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  • Project document
    National baseline information on lead paint in Jordan

    National baseline information on lead paint in Jordan

    The World Health Organization (WHO) with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has launched the initiative called "Global Alliance to... Read More

  • Policy document
    A review of PFAS as a Chemical Class in the Textiles Sector - Policy Brief

    A review of PFAS as a Chemical Class in the Textiles Sector - Policy Brief

    This policy brief examines the scientific, policy, and practical reasons for approaching PFAS as a class. It also identifies enabling conditions for advancing improved public health and environment protection in the textiles sector, for consideration by SAICM and other stakeholders. Read More
  • Policy document
    Engaging the textiles industry as a key sector in SAICM: a review of PFAS as a chemical class in the textile sector

    Engaging the textiles industry as a key sector in SAICM: a review of PFAS as a chemical class in the textile sector

    The report examines the class approach for PFAS as it applies to the textile sector, which covers a wide variety of consumer products and connects two important issues covered in the SAICM context. The textile sector is an appropriate choice given the environmental significance of the sector and the scope of PFAS used within it. Both the quantity of PFAS in use and the variety of uses make this sector a priority for action. Furthermore, the nature of the sector—with a long and global value chain that includes companies of all sizes—can provide significant lessons for capacity building and enabling conditions, which can extend to other sectors as well. Read More
  • Newsletter
    SAICM Secretariat Newsletter

    SAICM Secretariat Newsletter

    We are pleased to share with you the SAICM's quarterly newsletter to share the latest highlights, upcoming events, and resources developed by the Secretariat! Read More
  • Policy document
    New digital technologies to tackle trade in illegal pesticides

    New digital technologies to tackle trade in illegal pesticides

    Global trade in illegal pesticides has been steadily growing in recent years, posing serious threats to agriculture, the environment, human... Read More

  • Policy document
    Guidance on key considerations for the identification and selection of safer chemical alternatives

    Guidance on key considerations for the identification and selection of safer chemical alternatives

    The aim of the guidance is to advance broader agreement on a general approach and criteria for the selection of safer alternatives, with a focus... Read More

  • Policy document
    Key Messages on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances

    Key Messages on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances

    Pollution is the largest source of premature death in the developing world, causing approximately three times more deaths than HIV/AIDS,... Read More
  • Factsheets and brochures
    Case studies on the implementation of the WHO Chemicals Road Map

    Case studies on the implementation of the WHO Chemicals Road Map

    The World Health Organization is publishing a serious of national case studies on the implementation of the WHO Chemicals Read More

  • Policy document
    Revised Guidance Document 150 on Standardised Test Guidelines for Evaluating Chemicals for Endocrine Disruption

    Revised Guidance Document 150 on Standardised Test Guidelines for Evaluating Chemicals for Endocrine Disruption

    The OECD releases the Read More
  • Factsheets and brochures
    OECD Work on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

    OECD Work on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

    The Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD) is a multi‑disciplinary inter governmental organisation, tracing its roots... Read More

  • Policy document
    Pharmaceuticals in the environment

    Pharmaceuticals in the environment

    Medicinal products are physiologically highly active substances that enter the water and soil, particularly through human and animal excretion.... Read More

  • Factsheets and brochures
    Clariant playing a leading role in supporting the coatings industry to phase out lead in paints

    Clariant playing a leading role in supporting the coatings industry to phase out lead in paints

    As one of the first companies to completely end the production, and supply, of lead-based pigments in the mid-1980’s (Hoechst AG – now Clariant), Clariant supported the Global Alliance to eliminate lead paint and, through regulatory and legal measures, accelerate progress towards its global phase out. Read More
  • Project document
    National Baseline Survey of Paint Market in Peru

    National Baseline Survey of Paint Market in Peru

    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have established the joint initiative Global Alliance to... Read More

  • Project document
    Baseline Information for the Lead Paint Country Situation in Nigeria

    Baseline Information for the Lead Paint Country Situation in Nigeria

    Lead in Nigerian paints is another route of lead into the environment and exposure can be caused as a result of inhalation or ingestion... Read More

  • Project document
    Market Analysis of the paint industry in Indonesia (English / Bahasa)

    Market Analysis of the paint industry in Indonesia (English / Bahasa)

    Elimination of Lead in Paint in Indonesia - Baseline Information - Indonesia’s paint market

    Indonesia holds the first position as the... Read More

  • Project document
    Baseline paint market study in Ecuador (English / Spanish)

    Baseline paint market study in Ecuador (English / Spanish)

    The World Health Organization (WHO) with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has launched the initiative called "Global Alliance to... Read More

  • Project document
    Market Analysis of the Coating Industry in China

    Market Analysis of the Coating Industry in China

    China is a major producer of paints which supplies a considerable share of paints in the world. Key paint production hot spots were identified... Read More

  • Manuals and toolkits
    Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology

    Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology

    The purpose of this publication is to provide information drawn from all regions to assist countries in replacing HHPs with ecosystem-based approaches to pest1 and crop management – replacing chemicals with biology. It draws together previously published and new material in a form that is accessible for policy- and decision-makers at the national and international level, as well as providing practical guidance at the farm and farm-support level. It also points out that use, and phasing out, of HHPs must be seen in the context not only of human health and environmental impacts and costs, but also in the context of food security, poverty reduction, and climate change. Read More
  • Manuals and toolkits
    Guidance on organizing an advocacy or awareness-raising campaign on lead paint

    Guidance on organizing an advocacy or awareness-raising campaign on lead paint

    The guidance provides direction and tools to support advocacy or awareness-raising activities to build momentum in countries toward the development, adoption and implementation of legally binding measures on lead paint. It contains key messages, strategies to identify your target audience and links to available materials. The document builds on the experience of the Lead Paint Alliance in its annual International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week campaign. Read More
  • Policy document
    Eliminating Lead Paint: The Role of the Paint Industry

    Eliminating Lead Paint: The Role of the Paint Industry

    The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a global policy framework which aims to protect human health and the... Read More

  • Policy document
    Lessons from the past to inform SAICM and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020

    Lessons from the past to inform SAICM and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020

    With the 2020 goal not achieved, it is hoped that some key lessons learned since 2006, as summarized in this policy brief, will help stakeholders as they deliberate and decide on the future arrangements of SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020. Read More
  • Policy document
    Role of economic instruments for the sound management of chemicals and waste

    Role of economic instruments for the sound management of chemicals and waste

    “The vast majority of human health costs linked to chemicals production, consumption, and disposal are not borne by chemicals producers, nor... Read More

  • Factsheets and brochures
    Agroecology – a viable option to phase out highly hazardous pesticides in Ethiopia

    Agroecology – a viable option to phase out highly hazardous pesticides in Ethiopia

    Progressive ban of the use of highly hazardous pesticideshas been recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organisation since 2006 due to the confirmed adverse impacts they can cause. This short booklet reveals the level of HHPs use in Ethiopia; the human health, environmental and economic impacts of using HHPs; the availability of tested alternatives to HHPs; and it recommends the progressive phase out of HHPs from Ethiopia. Read More
  • Manuals and toolkits
    Brief guide to analytical methods for measuring lead in blood (Second edition)

    Brief guide to analytical methods for measuring lead in blood (Second edition)

    Lead is a toxic metal whose widespread use has caused extensive environmental contamination and health problems in many parts of the world.... Read More
  • Factsheets and brochures
    Gender mainstreaming in chemicals and waste policies

    Gender mainstreaming in chemicals and waste policies

    New Fact Sheet: Gender mainstreaming in chemicals and waste policies

    Gender equality is a core human rights and development issue, as... Read More