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    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

  • Policy document
    Global elimination of lead paint: why and how countries should take action - Policy brief

    Global elimination of lead paint: why and how countries should take action - Policy brief

    Lead has toxic effects on almost all body systems and is especially harmful for children and pregnant women. Lead paint is an avoidable source... Read More

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    Global elimination of lead paint: why and how countries should take action - Technical brief

    Global elimination of lead paint: why and how countries should take action - Technical brief

    This document has been developed for officials in government who have a role in regulating lead paint, to provide them with concise technical... Read More

  • Factsheets and brochures
    Market Analysis of the paint industry in Colombia (Draft / Spanish only)

    Market Analysis of the paint industry in Colombia (Draft / Spanish only)

    Las pinturas se han convertido en parte esencial del estilo de vida de la sociedad moderna, el color de ellas es apetecido por sus funciones... Read More

  • Manuals and toolkits
    Process Considerations for Drafting Lead Paint Laws

    Process Considerations for Drafting Lead Paint Laws

    In response to questions received by the Read More

  • Policy document
    Plastics and Chemicals of Concern In Consumer Products

    Plastics and Chemicals of Concern In Consumer Products

    Plastics are used across the economy and in diverse downstream sectors such as packaging, construction, transportation, healthcare, textiles,... Read More

  • Factsheets and brochures
    Lead Paint Factsheet

    Lead Paint Factsheet

    This factsheet presents the work of UNEP and the Lead Paint Alliance. The document also highlights its impacts and the SAICM GEF project Lead in... Read More

  • Manuals and toolkits
    Brief guide to analytical methods for measuring lead in paint (Second edition)

    Brief guide to analytical methods for measuring lead in paint (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

  • Newsletter
    UNEP Science Alerts - March 2019

    UNEP Science Alerts - March 2019

    UNEP's newsletter from March 2020 on scientific articles, research and knowledge on selected topics. Read More
  • Manuals and toolkits
    Introduction to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)

    Introduction to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)

    A guide for public interest organisations and policy-makers

    To raise global awareness about endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) the... Read More

  • Policy document
    International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management

    International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management

    The International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management  is the framework on pesticide management for all public and private entities... Read More

  • Manuals and toolkits
    Guidance to Provide Footprint Information on Sustainable Alternatives

    Guidance to Provide Footprint Information on Sustainable Alternatives

    As there is an increase in communication of concrete recommendations for better solutions and alternatives to build a better economy that... Read More

  • Factsheets and brochures
    Chemicals and Waste Management Programme Factsheet

    Chemicals and Waste Management Programme Factsheet

    Factsheet with background information on the Chemicals and Waste Management Programme (Special Programme), including objectives, impact and... Read More

  • Factsheets and brochures
    Factsheet of The Quick Start Programme: 13 years of advancing sound chemicals management

    Factsheet of The Quick Start Programme: 13 years of advancing sound chemicals management

    The Quick Start Programme: 13 years of advancing sound chemicals management. Established in 2006 by the first International Conference on... Read More

  • Factsheets and brochures
    Suggested Steps for Establishing a Lead Paint Law

    Suggested Steps for Establishing a Lead Paint Law

    This fact sheet outlines steps that have been helpful in countries that have adopted lead paint laws. The steps are not necessarily sequential... Read More

  • Policy document
    Model Law and Guidance for Regulating Lead Paint

    Model Law and Guidance for Regulating Lead Paint

    UN Environment, in cooperation with World Health Organization, United States Environment Protection Agency and other partners, has developed a... Read More

  • Manuals and toolkits
    Draft Technical Guidelines on Paint Reformulation

    Draft Technical Guidelines on Paint Reformulation

    These Technical Guidelines are developed to help address both capacity constraints and technical barriers to the substitution of lead compounds... Read More

  • Policy document
    Gender and the sound management of chemicals and waste

    Gender and the sound management of chemicals and waste

    “Gender mainstreaming” is defined as a strategy for making both men and women’s concerns and experiences an integral part of policies and... Read More

  • Policy document
    Gender and the sound management of chemicals and waste:  Prepared for the SAICM intersessional process beyond 2020

    Gender and the sound management of chemicals and waste: Prepared for the SAICM intersessional process beyond 2020

    A request was made at the first intersessional meeting for information on the relationship between women and chemical safety as it relates to... Read More

  • Policy document
    Challenges for a Sustainable Chemicals and Materials Policy: The Need for Transformation in the Global Context

    Challenges for a Sustainable Chemicals and Materials Policy: The Need for Transformation in the Global Context

    Over the past few years the use of natural resources and the production of chemicals have increased dramatically – and a further increase is... Read More