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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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    The role and importance of national and regional Highly Hazardous Pesticides strategies

    The role and importance of national and regional Highly Hazardous Pesticides strategies

    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 and importance of national and regional Highly Hazardous Pesticides strategies, which took place on 18 May 2022. 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
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    LAC Region Prepares for Chemicals and Waste Management Beyond 2020

    LAC Region Prepares for Chemicals and Waste Management Beyond 2020

    The LAC 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. Read More
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    GREEN Labelling System for Sustainable Building Materials and Products

    GREEN Labelling System for Sustainable Building Materials and Products

    Sri Lanka, like other countries around the world, is facing an immense challenge, to create sustainable buildings for the future. Buildings are... Read More

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    GREEN Rating System for New Constructions

    GREEN Rating System for New Constructions

    The natural environment together with our economy, health and productivity are immensely affected by the performance of the built environment.... Read More

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    Reformulation is Entirely Possible: Summary of the Lead Paint Reformulation Technical Guidelines and How to Use this Information

    Reformulation is Entirely Possible: Summary of the Lead Paint Reformulation Technical Guidelines and How to Use this Information

    This document summarizes information from the Lead Paint Reformulation Technical Guidelines, the findings and recommendations of the... Read More

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    Chemicals and Waste Briefing Updates on Negotiations, Progress Made

    Chemicals and Waste Briefing Updates on Negotiations, Progress Made

    The High-level Segment of the BRS COPs, taking place in connection with the Stockholm+50 conference, will provide an opportunity to raise awareness on the contributions of BRS Conventions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Chemicals and waste, including mercury, are a priority issue in the 8th replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund. Sixteen countries have passed legislation to phase out lead in paint, and 21 paint producers in seven countries are receiving support to eliminate lead in paint, as a result of the SAICM-GEF process. Read More
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    Greater Industry Engagement Key to Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste

    Greater Industry Engagement Key to Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste

    Although the integrated approach is an aspirational tool for involving industry, its concrete implementation has been hampered by a lack of clarity regarding what constitutes industry involvement. The study supports tracking progress in industry involvement, through the creation of an efficient tracking system to measure inputs, activities, outcomes, and impacts. The report identifies activities for industry involvement, grouped into regulatory measures, economic instruments, and voluntary measures, as well as mixed measures that may be voluntary or mandatory, depending on the country.  Read More
  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    The Link between Climate Change and Chemical Accidents

    The Link between Climate Change and Chemical Accidents

    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 The Link between Climate Change and Chemical Accidents, which took place on 20 April 2022. Read More
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    Basel Convention Working Group Prioritizes Issues Ahead of June COP

    Basel Convention Working Group Prioritizes Issues Ahead of June COP

    Participants urged that further work to update the plastic waste technical guidelines fully reflect UNEA decisions on plastics. Some called for a moratorium on plastic waste shipments while Africa carries out an assessment on plastic waste using the new guidance on inventories for national reporting. Read More
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    Study on industry involvement in the integrated approach to financing the sound management of chemicals and waste

    Study on industry involvement in the integrated approach to financing the sound management of chemicals and waste

    The integrated approach to financing the sound management of chemicals and waste was proposed to the Governing Council of UNEP, at its twenty... Read More

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    Agreement Scales Up GEF Funding to Address Biodiversity, Climate Change, Pollution

    Agreement Scales Up GEF Funding to Address Biodiversity, Climate Change, Pollution

    The total pledges for GEF-8 represent an increase of nearly 30 percent compared to GEF-7. Four focal areas will receive 89.2% of the GEF-8 resources, with biodiversity receiving 36%; climate mitigation receiving 16%; land degradation receiving 11.6%;  chemicals and waste receiving 15%; and international waters receiving 10.6%.  Read More
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    Cross-sectoral global minimum transparency standard for hazardous chemicals in products - an essential tool to detoxify material cycles

    Cross-sectoral global minimum transparency standard for hazardous chemicals in products - an essential tool to detoxify material cycles

    The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Chemicals in Products to bring representatives from different sectors together and to create a learning network around issues related to addressing Chemicals in Products (CiP). This is a summary of the discussion on Cross-sectoral global minimum transparency standard for hazardous chemicals in products - an essential tool to detoxify material cycles, which took place on 17 March 2022. Read More
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    Sustainable Chemicals and Materials Policy for Protecting the Climate and Biodiversity

    Sustainable Chemicals and Materials Policy for Protecting the Climate and Biodiversity

    Chemicals and materials policy deals with both the risks and the opportunities of chemicals as well as with the volume of material flows from... Read More

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    Public Consultation: Lead Paint Law Compliance and Enforcement Guidance

    Public Consultation: Lead Paint Law Compliance and Enforcement Guidance

    Under the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, the United Nations Environment Programme has developed draft Lead Paint Law Compliance and... Read More

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    Lead Paint Testing: Case Studies of Impact

    Lead Paint Testing: Case Studies of Impact

    The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have established a Community of Practice (CoP) on Lead in Paint to bring representatives from different sectors together and to create a learning network around issues related to the elimination of Lead Paint. This is a summary of the discussion on Lead Paint Testing: Case Studies of Impact, which took place on 9 March 2022. Read More
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    GEF Provides Overview of Efforts to Better Manage Chemicals and Waste

    GEF Provides Overview of Efforts to Better Manage Chemicals and Waste

    As of March 2022, over USD 2 billion has been programmed to support work on chemicals and waste in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. Work under SAICM has focused on lead in paints, chemicals in products (including textiles), highly hazardous pesticides, and managing e-waste. Neonicotinoid pesticides—the most widely used insecticides in agriculture—have been linked to the decline in bee populations.  Read More
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    Minamata Convention Parties Agree to Strengthen Action on Mercury

    Minamata Convention Parties Agree to Strengthen Action on Mercury

    The Minamata Convention aims to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury. Parties agreed to consult with Indigenous Peoples and local communities in developing national action plans on artisanal and small-scale mining, the largest source of mercury emissions. Parties adopted the Bali Declaration on Combatting Global Illegal Trade of Mercury, a non-binding political declaration that aims to enhance international cooperation, develop practical tools to monitor and share information, and exchange experiences and practices to combat the illegal trade of mercury.  Read More