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    CRC Recommends Subjecting Terbufos, Iprodione to Prior Informed Consent

    CRC Recommends Subjecting Terbufos, Iprodione to Prior Informed Consent

    CRC-18 considered and approved two decision guidance documents for terbufos and iprodione, forwarding this guidance to the COP and recommending listing these substances in Annex III to the Rotterdam Convention. Annex III includes pesticides and industrial chemicals banned or severely restricted for health or environmental reasons by two or more parties and subject to the PIC procedure. Read More
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    NFPs Can Help Reduce Harm from Highly Hazardous Pesticides: SAICM Paper

    NFPs Can Help Reduce Harm from Highly Hazardous Pesticides: SAICM Paper

    HHPs are a group of pesticides that must be handled differently than other pesticides given their high toxicity. Despite being banned for sale in high-income countries, companies based in these countries can still legally produce and export HHPs to low- and middle-income countries. The factsheet provides HHP-related information, as well as advice and suggestions on how to involve all relevant stakeholders to move towards phasing out HHPs and implementing more sustainable alternatives.  Read More
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    “Zero Draft” Outlines Vision, Scope of Future Chemicals and Waste Framework

    “Zero Draft” Outlines Vision, Scope of Future Chemicals and Waste Framework

    IP4 delegates welcomed as a “significant achievement” the “Co-Chairs’ Single Consolidated Text,” which covers, among other aspects, the vision, scope, principles, and strategic objectives of a future framework. ICCM5, where recommendations for a post-2020 platform or instrument for the sound management of chemicals and waste will be considered, is scheduled to meet in Bonn, Germany, from 25-29 September 2023. Read More
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    Circular Economy Solutions Help Achieve SDGs in Fast-developing Countries

    Circular Economy Solutions Help Achieve SDGs in Fast-developing Countries

    Transition to a circular economy can keep the value of resources and products at a high level and minimize waste production. It can also help achieve a zero-waste society by optimizing resource efficiency, minimizing environmental pollution, and reducing emissions. Read More
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    BRS Conventions Highlight Implementation Success Stories

    BRS Conventions Highlight Implementation Success Stories

    The series features a total of 11 success stories. Among them is a regional development strategy for Central America and the Caribbean, which supports the environmentally sound management of used lead acid batteries. Another success story spotlights farmers phasing out hazardous pesticides in South America through implementation of the Rotterdam Convention. Read More
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    Addressing Industry Involvement in the Funding of Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste

    Addressing Industry Involvement in the Funding of Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste

    The Policy Brief outlines the history behind the SAICM agenda, puts in context the issue of financing the sound management of chemicals and waste, and highlights the main findings and proposals from a SAICM ‘Study on Industry Involvement in the Integrated Approach to Financing the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste’. The study and its recommendations are due to get their initial airing at the upcoming fourth intersessional process meeting in Bucharest. Read More
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    Africa Identifies Chemicals and Waste Management Priorities Beyond 2020

    Africa Identifies Chemicals and Waste Management Priorities Beyond 2020

    While Africa imports chemicals and is often used as a “dumping ground” for older electronic and electrical products and hazardous chemicals, the continent lacks the capacity to manage related challenges. The meeting sought to ensure Africa is well prepared for IP4. Read More
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    Asia-Pacific Reviews Progress on Chemicals Management Beyond 2020

    Asia-Pacific Reviews Progress on Chemicals Management Beyond 2020

    Noting concerns regarding inclusiveness of the virtual process, ICCM5 President Anita Breyer, Germany, said the basis for IP4 discussion will be IP3 outcomes with VWG outcomes constituting valuable input. A discussion on capacity building addressed mechanisms and actions regarding capacity building across sectors to support the Beyond 2020 programme of work. Participants highlighted linkages between the new science-policy panel on chemicals and waste management and the Beyond 2020 process.  Read More
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    Science-policy Panel on Chemicals Can Draw on Lessons from BRS Conventions

    Science-policy Panel on Chemicals Can Draw on Lessons from BRS Conventions

    In 2022, the UN Environment Assembly adopted a resolution deciding to establish an independent intergovernmental panel that would provide policy-relevant, but not policy-prescriptive, advice to support international agencies and instruments, countries, and the private sector in their work to promote the sound management of chemicals and waste and address pollution. As it develops a science-policy panel, the global community can draw on lessons and examples from the BRS Conventions, which are “structured to ensure that science plays a significant role in policymaking”. Read More
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    No Need to Reinvent the Wheel – Just the Tire

    No Need to Reinvent the Wheel – Just the Tire

    Approximately one-fourth of microplastics in the world’s oceans stems from tires. In May 2021, the EU introduced new labelling requirements for tires, however, these do not include indicators on abrasion of tire wear particles/tire and road wear particles. The EU needs to apply preventive measures to reduce tire wear particles/tire and road wear particles and minimize possible risks.  Read More
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    EU Regional Meeting Reviews Progress on Chemicals Management Beyond 2020

    EU Regional Meeting Reviews Progress on Chemicals Management Beyond 2020

    The regional meetings discussed the outcomes of the four Virtual Working Groups that were established to maintain momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic and convened between October 2020 and February 2021. Anita Breyer, ICCM5 President, noted that while the VWGs made significant progress, they were not inclusive enough for some and, therefore, the IP3 agreed text might have to be used as the basis of some discussions. The EU-JUSSCANNZUK regional meeting provided the opportunity for countries to exchange information and knowledge, and provide updates on progress towards SAICM objectives in the region. Read More
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    OECD Offers Best Practice on Chemicals Data Disclosure, Protecting IPRs

    OECD Offers Best Practice on Chemicals Data Disclosure, Protecting IPRs

    The amount of data generated by industry and used by governments to assess the safety of new and existing chemicals has been steadily increasing. Sometimes governments find themselves caught between protecting the rights of data owners and protecting the public’s right to know about the decisions governments are taking on their behalf. The guide applies to the ways governments provide access to and/or protect proprietary rights associated with non-clinical health, safety, and environmental data.  Read More
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    UNGA Takes a “Moment for Nature”

    UNGA Takes a “Moment for Nature”

    The day-long event assessed recent decisions taken at global environmental fora, and highlighted the need to address the gap between commitments and implementation. The discussions will be captured in the UNGA President’s summary that will inform: future action and policies by the General Assembly and implementation bodies at the international, regional, and local levels; relevant policies and actions by Member States and stakeholders; and engagement of Member States at other high-level meetings and processes.  Read More
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    Montreal Protocol Concludes Multilateral Fund Replenishment Talks

    Montreal Protocol Concludes Multilateral Fund Replenishment Talks

    Although the OEWG meeting yielded no draft decisions for consideration and adoption by the MOP, many welcomed the return to in-person meetings where issues are advanced “not only in the meeting room, but also in the corridors and outside the meeting venue”. The energy efficiency contact group discussed African countries’ concerns that introduction of tighter efficiency standards in developed countries “is already resulting in the transport of unwanted appliances to their shores”. Read More
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    OECD Launches Online Toolbox for Chemical Substitution and Alternatives

    OECD Launches Online Toolbox for Chemical Substitution and Alternatives

    The tools and data sources portal compiles information on online resources and software for undertaking assessments of chemical substitutions or alternatives. The chemical substitution tables detail frameworks and guides, toolkits, and product rating systems developed by various organizations in response to regulations of chemical substances and stakeholder interest to ensure alternatives evaluations are done in a consistent manner. The case studies of substitution and methodology describe alternatives assessments conducted by manufacturers, academic institutions, NGOs or government bodies.  Read More
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    Global Outlook Details Scenarios to Decrease Plastic Pollution by 2060

    Global Outlook Details Scenarios to Decrease Plastic Pollution by 2060

    Under current policies, by 2060, plastics use could almost triple globally, driven by economic and population growth, with the largest increases expected in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The report emphasizes that all countries must implement policies to curb plastics demand, increase product lifespans through repair and reuse, and improve waste management and recyclability. The ‘Global Ambition’ policy package could reduce plastics use and waste by more than 30% and almost eliminate plastic leakage by 2060.  Read More
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    GEF Council Approves USD 165.8 Million Work Program

    GEF Council Approves USD 165.8 Million Work Program

    The Work Program for the GEF Trust Fund comprises 18 projects and one program from all five focal area envelopes – biodiversity loss, chemicals and waste, climate change, international waters, and land degradation. The LDCF work program comprises eight projects, of which four address “urgent and immediate climate change adaptation priorities in at least four LDCs”. The Council also endorsed the next four-year replenishment period for the GEF whose funding level of USD 5.33 billion represents a 30% increase from GEF-7. Read More
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    BRS COPs Subject E-waste to PIC, Ban Chemicals Harmful to Firefighters

    BRS COPs Subject E-waste to PIC, Ban Chemicals Harmful to Firefighters

    The three Conventions took seven joint decisions, including on strengthening efforts to combat illegal trafficking and trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes. Parties to the Stockholm Convention were unable to advance work on establishing a compliance mechanism, with several developing countries emphasizing the need for funding for implementation as a precondition to any future agreements to establish such a mechanism. Consensus on e-waste amendments reached by parties to the Basel Convention is significant, given e-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, with only 17% recycled or recovered in 2019.  Read More
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    Event Explores How Multilateral Trade Can Address Environmental Challenges

    Event Explores How Multilateral Trade Can Address Environmental Challenges

    Speakers explored how multilateral trade initiatives are protecting biodiversity, helping curb overfishing, enabling adaptation to climate change, facilitating the decarbonization of industries and economies, and supporting the reduction of plastic pollution. They discussed WTO members’ work under the Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussions and the Informal Dialogue on Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade. Read More
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    ISLANDS Initiative to Help SIDS Manage Hazardous Chemicals and Waste

    ISLANDS Initiative to Help SIDS Manage Hazardous Chemicals and Waste

    SIDS have limited disposal capacity and excessively high export costs, leading to biodiversity loss, accelerated climate change effects through emissions from waste, decreased revenue from tourism, and health impacts for from pollution exposure. ISLANDS is a five-year USD 515 million initiative that will help countries control the import of hazardous substances, dispose of harmful chemicals and waste in a sound manner, and establish circular production systems, partnering with the private sector. Through the ISLANDS Waste-Free Shipping Partnership, companies have committed to ship recyclables free of charge to recycling facilities. Read More
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    CEE Countries Provide Updates on Progress on SAICM Objectives

    CEE Countries Provide Updates on Progress on SAICM Objectives

    The Central and Eastern Europe regional meeting discussed the outcomes of the four Virtual Working Groups, which were established to maintain momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the document compiling recommendations for SAICM beyond 2020 contains brackets and will be further discussed at IP4 in Bucharest, Romania, at the end of August. Suzana Andonova of North Macedonia was appointed the new regional focal point for the region. Read More
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    Montevideo Law Programme Focuses Work on Triple Planetary Crisis

    Montevideo Law Programme Focuses Work on Triple Planetary Crisis

    Montevideo Programme V will help countries with legal responses to implement their obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Basel Convention on Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes, “while cooperating with the MEA secretariats to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure synergies”. NFPs broadly welcomed the roadmap on air pollution, and requested the Secretariat to prepare similar roadmaps for climate change, biodiversity, and waste, as well as compliance and enforcement to address pollution. Read More
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    Environmental Law Programme to Identify Priorities for Legal Responses

    Environmental Law Programme to Identify Priorities for Legal Responses

    The Montevideo Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law has informed priorities for global environmental lawmaking and review for four decades. It has also led to a number of MEAs, including the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, which work to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes, and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The resumed First Global Meeting of National Focal Points for the Fifth Montevideo Programme will continue deliberations on key arrangements and strategic guidance for the Programme, including the full set of priority areas for implementation. Read More
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    Countries Take First Steps Towards Plastic Pollution Treaty

    Countries Take First Steps Towards Plastic Pollution Treaty

    Approximately 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s, of which 6.3 billion tonnes are now waste. UNEA resolution 5/14 titled, ‘End plastic pollution: Towards an international legally binding instrument,’ mandates the process to develop an international treaty to address plastic pollution. The meeting sought to establish a foundation for the work of the intergovernmental negotiating committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. Read More
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    UNEP Technical Guidelines: Lead Paint Reformulation “Entirely Possible”

    UNEP Technical Guidelines: Lead Paint Reformulation “Entirely Possible”

    The Technical Guidelines were developed to help address both capacity constraints and technical barriers to substituting lead compounds in paints, focusing on the needs of SMEs. Twenty-two SMEs in Nigeria, Jordan, Peru, China, Ecuador, and Colombia have completed pilot demonstrations using the guidelines. More SMEs are expected to start the process of phasing out lead from their paint production following the guidelines’ publication. Read More