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    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
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    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
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    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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    Review Describes EU Progress and Challenges on E-Waste Targets

    Review Describes EU Progress and Challenges on E-Waste Targets

    EU member States collect and recover more discarded electrical and electronic equipment than most of the world. Addressing criminal activity remains a significant challenge in e-waste management, given the economic incentives for illegal or unsound waste management exist and low risk of getting caught. Updated requirements do not yet cover certain electrical and electronic equipment, like mobile phones and computers. Read More
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    Practitioners Discuss Boosting Synergies Between Chemicals and Biodiversity Communities

    Practitioners Discuss Boosting Synergies Between Chemicals and Biodiversity Communities

    The SAICM Secretariat and the University of Cape Town established the Community of Practice on Chemicals and SDGs to bring representatives from different sectors together and create a learning network. The discussion highlighted the need to strengthen dialogue at the national level to ensure delivery and implementation of the post-2020 global frameworks for chemicals and biodiversity. Participants said the relationship between the two agendas is not reflected in the siloed approaches of the current policy landscape. Read More
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    Multisectoral Financing Needed for Chemicals and Waste Management, Say Experts

    Multisectoral Financing Needed for Chemicals and Waste Management, Say Experts

    A webinar convened by IOMC featured presentations by the SAICM Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme, the UN Development Programme, and the World Bank. Speakers said a multisectoral approach is needed to address financing considerations, and signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment manage a total of USD 103.3 trillion in assets. The World Bank discussed PROCLEAN, a new partnership with development partners and client countries to help countries achieve the SDGs and improve public and environmental health outcomes through circular economy and pollution prevention and abatement interventions. Read More
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    Experts Call for Chemical Accident Prevention in Beyond 2020 Framework

    Experts Call for Chemical Accident Prevention in Beyond 2020 Framework

    Speakers said many past chemicals accidents could have been prevented if experiences had been shared in a systematic manner. The webinar highlighted that chemical accidents must be considered in the Beyond 2020 process, given that the global chemical industry is expected to double by 2030. Panelists said investing in chemical prevention, response and preparedness will result in economic, social, and environmental benefits. Read More
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    Webinar Underscores Illegal Trade of Chemicals and Waste Remains a Serious Problem

    Webinar Underscores Illegal Trade of Chemicals and Waste Remains a Serious Problem

    Limited progress has been made across regions, and illegal traffic remains a serious threat to developing countries. Illegal traffic of pesticides could be addressed by improving legislation and developing policy and technical guidelines. The webinar was organized by the IOMC with support from the Government of Germany. Read More
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    Green Chemistry Critical for Beyond 2020 Process and Achieving SDGs, Experts Say

    Green Chemistry Critical for Beyond 2020 Process and Achieving SDGs, Experts Say

    Green and sustainable chemistry is a critical part of the Beyond 2020 process and is supporting achievement of the SDGs. The event discussed current initiatives, the perspective of national governments on applying green or sustainable chemistry, and examples of collaboration and successful experiences related to sustainable chemistry. Aligning SAICM's work to green and sustainable chemistry can help achieve a higher level of sustainable production and use of chemicals. Read More
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    Virtual Working Group Issues Proposals for Financing Chemicals Management

    Virtual Working Group Issues Proposals for Financing Chemicals Management

    IPEN proposed a globally coordinated tax or fee on the production of basic chemicals to finance chemical safety actions, while African Group proposed the chemical industry contribute 0.5% of its annual revenue to fund SAICM implementation. The ICCA proposed a capacity-building clearinghouse mechanism to bring together initiatives, map existing capacity-building efforts, and help track progress and generate additional funding. Read More
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    UNEP Report: Regulatory Restrictions on Chemicals in Electronics Spurs Innovation

    UNEP Report: Regulatory Restrictions on Chemicals in Electronics Spurs Innovation

    Countries with regulations addressing chemicals of concern in EEE are either high- or middle-income countries. The content of chemicals of concern in EEE may hinder recycling due to concerns of potential impacts during post-consumer uses of these materials. Regulations addressing chemicals of concern in EEE have spurred innovation and substitution in the electronics sector. Read More
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    Call for proposals: Toolkit to support regulatory compliance in the toy supply chain

    Call for proposals: Toolkit to support regulatory compliance in the toy supply chain

    UNEP is looking for a partner to develop a training toolkit to support early supply chain actors in the toy sector in identifying, meeting and... Read More

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    Working Group on Chemical Issues of Concern Publishes Proposals for Beyond 2020

    Working Group on Chemical Issues of Concern Publishes Proposals for Beyond 2020

    The final report of the virtual working group proposes text and provides a brief rationale for each proposal. The VWG said the process for addressing "issues of concern" should be: simple, inclusive and transparent; promote greater ownership; enhance implementation; and consider the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The group agreed the ICCM is the appropriate body to take decisions regarding the future of current emerging policy issues and other issues of concern.  Read More
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    Experts Propose Targets, Process to Establish Indicators for Beyond 2020 Chemicals Framework

    Experts Propose Targets, Process to Establish Indicators for Beyond 2020 Chemicals Framework

    The report of the virtual working group details considerations and components of each target, to provide explanations and rationales to further inform the process, and to serve as a “guide” for the wording of targets. The Group generally agreed further work is required to develop draft targets before extensive work on indicators and milestones. Read More
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    Interactive Tool Illuminates Status of National Lead Paint Laws

    Interactive Tool Illuminates Status of National Lead Paint Laws

    The interactive map shows the status of national lead paint laws around the world as of February 2021. The map sorts countries with lead paint laws by income level among other types of information. Colombia and Vietnam are the most recent countries to establish lead paint laws. Read More
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    Drafting Group Considers Terminology for Chemicals and Waste Declaration

    Drafting Group Considers Terminology for Chemicals and Waste Declaration

    A number of participants supported specific reference to the precautionary principle in the declaration. Some called for reference to an independent global fund that would support implementation of the new instrument. The fifth meeting of the HLD informal drafting group will meet on 4 May 2021. Read More
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    Virtual Working Group Develops Options for Science-Policy Interface

    Virtual Working Group Develops Options for Science-Policy Interface

    The Virtual Working Group on Governance and Mechanisms to Support Implementation is one of four groups that recently completed their work ahead of IP4 and ICCM5. The group identified two options for establishing a science-policy interface: within the Beyond 2020 instrument, or an intergovernmental body comparable to the IPCC or IPBES. The VWG agreed that reports should be compiled and considered in a standardized, productive, and understandable manner, so the ICCM can use them to assess progress. Read More
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    UNEP Finds More than Half of All Countries Have Binding Lead Limits or Are Drafting Laws

    UNEP Finds More than Half of All Countries Have Binding Lead Limits or Are Drafting Laws

    Colombia, Lebanon and Viet Nam established new lead paint laws in 2020. As of 31 December 2020, 79 countries have legally binding controls in place to limit the production, import and sale of lead paints, while another 26 are in the early or final stages of drafting laws. Countries that have enacted laws have either established a single regulatory limit on total lead concentration in paint or established chemical-specific regulatory limits. Read More
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    Hazardous Substances Undermine Human Rights to Health, Life: OHCHR and UNEP

    Hazardous Substances Undermine Human Rights to Health, Life: OHCHR and UNEP

    The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Environmental Programme have issued a set of Key Messages to highlight human rights obligations and responsibilities for preventing and remedying the harmful effects of hazardous substances. Pollution is the largest source of premature deaths in developing countries. Human rights laws, norms, and standards must be applied to ensure those responsible for the harmful impacts of hazardous substances are held legally accountable, the authors stress. Read More
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    Working Group Proposes Process to Address Chemical Issues of Concern

    Working Group Proposes Process to Address Chemical Issues of Concern

    A working group has proposed a process for addressing issues of concern related to the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020. Participants proposed establishing multi-stakeholder committees to guide efforts and implementation on individual issues of concern. A group of NGOs proposed a set of “trigger criteria” to review existing issues of concern when voluntary work is insufficient.  Read More
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    Working Group Generates Ideas for Financing Chemicals Work Beyond 2020

    Working Group Generates Ideas for Financing Chemicals Work Beyond 2020

    A virtual working group advanced work on financing for the Beyond 2020 chemicals framework. Participants supported a proposal to establish a clearinghouse mechanism to track development aid, and said the eighth GEF replenishment should prioritize building on established areas of international concern. The ICCA proposed a capacity-building clearinghouse mechanism for capacity-building efforts. Read More
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    Harmful Chemicals Found in 25% of Children's Toys, UNEP Study Finds

    Harmful Chemicals Found in 25% of Children's Toys, UNEP Study Finds

    Infants and young children are particularly sensitive to chemical exposure due to their rapid metabolic rate, high surface area to body weight ratio, and fast growing organs and tissues. Numerous regulations worldwide limit and control the application of harmful additives and potentially toxic chemicals in plastic toys. The study introduces a new metric to benchmark chemical contents in toy materials based on exposure and risk. Read More
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    Chemicals Working Group Recommends Targets for Beyond 2020 Framework

    Chemicals Working Group Recommends Targets for Beyond 2020 Framework

    A virtual working group on targets, indicators and milestones for the Beyond 2020 chemicals framework has developed recommendations on indicators and milestones for a set of targets proposed in 2020. The recommendations will be discussed during the fourth meeting of the intersessional process considering the Strategic Approach and sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 and the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management. Read More
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    Intersessional Work Advances Towards Beyond 2020 Chemicals Framework

    Intersessional Work Advances Towards Beyond 2020 Chemicals Framework

    The virtual intersessional work to advance the Beyond 2020 chemicals framework includes four working groups, which recently completed their work, as well as a technical briefing series and consultations on a high-level declaration for ICCM5. Upcoming technical briefings will address a new legal study on ILO chemical instruments, and the High Ambition Alliance on action on chemicals and waste at all levels in the context of the Beyond 2020 process. The outcomes of the intersessional work will be discussed during IP4 and ICCM5.  Read More
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    PACE Releases Guidance for Circular Economy Transition in Five Sectors

    PACE Releases Guidance for Circular Economy Transition in Five Sectors

    The reports describe what a circular economy looks like for electronics, textiles, food, plastics, and capital equipment. They highlight the impact on people and the planet if those objectives were to be achieved, the barriers that stand to hinder implementation, and actions that can optimize the sector’s transition towards a more circular economy. The reports point to trade as a catalyst for the transition to circularity. Read More