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    GEF-8 Draft Work Program Includes Plastic Pollution, Circular Economy

    GEF-8 Draft Work Program Includes Plastic Pollution, Circular Economy

    The GEF was created 30 years ago to support developing countries' efforts to address priorities such as deforestation, desertification, climate change, biodiversity loss, and ozone depletion. The proposed work program for GEF-8 includes an expansion of efforts to address plastic pollution, support a circular economy, and sustainably manage international waters. Read More
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    Week of Action Aims to Accelerate Global Phase Out of Lead Paint

    Week of Action Aims to Accelerate Global Phase Out of Lead Paint

    The week is taking place several months after the UN Environment Programme announced that the use of lead in petrol gas had ended around the world. Governments, civil society organizations, health partners, industry, and others are encouraged to organize campaigns during this week of action. ILPPW aims to: raise awareness about the health impacts of lead exposure; highlight efforts to prevent exposure, particularly in children; and spur further action to eliminate lead paint through regulatory action at the country level.  Read More
  • Article
    Two New Pesticides to be Recommended for Rotterdam Listing

    Two New Pesticides to be Recommended for Rotterdam Listing

    CRC-17 concluded that FRA notifications on terbufos and iprodione meet the criteria for listing banned or severely restricted chemicals. The CRC also discussed whether information Mozambique had submitted in its notifications was sufficient to fulfill the Convention’s requirements. The Rotterdam Convention COP is scheduled to convene face-to face in June 2022, jointly and back-to-back with the COPs to the Basel and Stockholm Conventions. Read More
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    Countries Must Follow Science on Toxic Substance Exposure: Special Rapporteur

    Countries Must Follow Science on Toxic Substance Exposure: Special Rapporteur

    Orellana warned that disinformation about scientific evidence on hazardous substances has become a powerful tool for manipulating public understanding and debate, which has led to confusion, doubt, and mistrust in science. He highlighted plastic recycling as an example of disinformation in the context of toxics. The report highlights the ways in which States and other stakeholders should join efforts to establish a SPI platform on chemicals and waste that is free of conflicts of interest.  Read More
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    WHO, UN Partners Compile 500 Actions to Reduce Health and Environment Risks

    WHO, UN Partners Compile 500 Actions to Reduce Health and Environment Risks

    The compendium is the first resource of its kind that brings together expertise from across the UN system to address health and environment. Almost 25% of deaths worldwide could be prevented by fully implementing the listed actions. Maria Neira, WHO, said implementing the actions should be part of a healthy and green recovery from COVID-19 and is essential to attaining the SDGs. Read More
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    Growing Threat of E-waste Affecting Millions of Children Worldwide, WHO Warns

    Growing Threat of E-waste Affecting Millions of Children Worldwide, WHO Warns

    More than 18 million children and adolescents, some as young as five, are engaged in the informal industrial sector, of which waste processing is a sub-sector. A record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste was produced globally in 2019, increasing 21% in just five years. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the “tsunami of e-waste” deserves the same attention as is being given to protecting the ocean and its ecosystems from plastic and microplastic pollution. Read More
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    Special Rapporteur Highlights Right to Science, Impact of Plastics on Human Rights

    Special Rapporteur Highlights Right to Science, Impact of Plastics on Human Rights

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    Largest Source of Lead Pollution Phased Out in All Countries

    Largest Source of Lead Pollution Phased Out in All Countries

    Leaded petrol was the world’s largest source of lead pollution. UNEP announced that its use has ended around the world, following a multistakeholder campaign that began in 2002.  UNEP stresses that there is still an urgent need to stop lead pollution from paints, batteries, and household items.  Read More
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    OECD Releases Guidance on Selecting Safer Chemical Alternatives

    OECD Releases Guidance on Selecting Safer Chemical Alternatives

    The guidance seeks to help industry, NGOs, and the public sector select appropriate methods and tools in order to respond to the growing interest in substituting harmful chemicals. The document focuses on minimum assessment criteria and recommended assessment practices for determining whether alternatives are safer. The guidance complements ongoing efforts on sustainable chemistry within the EU and other OECD countries. Read More
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    Climate Change and Chemicals: Connections and Consequences

    Climate Change and Chemicals: Connections and Consequences

    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 Climate Change and Chemicals: Connections and Consequences, which took place on 22 September 2021. Read More
  • Factsheets and brochures
    Using a value chain approach to reduce chemicals of concern

    Using a value chain approach to reduce chemicals of concern

    Chemicals of concern (CoCs) contained in everyday products can have harmful impacts on human health and the environment. While chemical-related... Read More

  • Factsheets and brochures
    Chemicals of Concern in the Building and Construction Sector - Summary

    Chemicals of Concern in the Building and Construction Sector - Summary

    This is the summary of the UNEP report on... Read More

  • Report
    Market and Sector Analysis Report of the Chemical Supply Chain of the Construction Sector in Sri Lanka

    Market and Sector Analysis Report of the Chemical Supply Chain of the Construction Sector in Sri Lanka

    This market and sector analysis report of the chemical supply chain of the construction sector in Sri Lanka was conducted according to the... Read More

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    Infographic on Lead Paint Laboratory Database

    Infographic on Lead Paint Laboratory Database

    UNEP has created a database of laboratories undertaking lead paint testing, to to provide information on national laboratory capacity in the... Read More

  • Database
    PHARMS-UBA database

    PHARMS-UBA database

    Residues of pharmaceuticals are known to occur widely in the aquatic environment of industrialized countries. Even in developing and emerging... Read More

  • Policy document
    Compendium of WHO and other UN guidance on health and environment

    Compendium of WHO and other UN guidance on health and environment

    This compendium provides a systematic compilation of published guidance from WHO and other UN organizations on health and environment. Guidance... Read More

  • Case studies
    Future Policy Award 2021: Colombia - Environmentally Persistent Pharmaceutical Pollutants

    Future Policy Award 2021: Colombia - Environmentally Persistent Pharmaceutical Pollutants

    Despite the fact that pharmaceuticals are indispensable for human and animal health, they may cause undesired adverse effects. Specifically,... Read More

  • Case studies
    Future Policy Award 2021: Philippines - Lead in Paint

    Future Policy Award 2021: Philippines - Lead in Paint

    Lead is a cumulative toxic element particularly harmful to young children and pregnant women. Lead can be present at high levels in paint and is... Read More

  • Case studies
    Future Policy Award 2021: Sri Lanka - Pesticides

    Future Policy Award 2021: Sri Lanka - Pesticides

    The Special Award Highly Hazardous Pesticides is one of the most ambitious and impactful solutions that minimizes the adverse effects of... Read More

  • Case studies
    Future Policy Award 2021: Sweden, Region Stockholm - Chemicals in products

    Future Policy Award 2021: Sweden, Region Stockholm - Chemicals in products

    Although chemicals are important components in many products, they may be released at any stage of the product life cycle, resulting in... Read More

  • Case studies
    Future Policy Award 2021: Kyrgyzstan - Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

    Future Policy Award 2021: Kyrgyzstan - Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

    Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals is a non-binding internationally agreed-upon system managed by the UN... Read More

  • Newsletter
    Era of leaded petrol over, eliminating a major threat to human and planetary health

    Era of leaded petrol over, eliminating a major threat to human and planetary health

    • Official end of use of leaded petrol will prevent more than 1.2 million premature deaths and save USD 2.45 trillion a year
    • The end... Read More
  • Report
    Regional Electronics Study and Circularity Roadmap in the LAC Region: Mapping of Existing Initiatives

    Regional Electronics Study and Circularity Roadmap in the LAC Region: Mapping of Existing Initiatives

    Technological development has made electrical and electronic equipment (EEE1) essential parts of contemporary life and... Read More

  • Article
    UNEP Report Spotlights Best Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic Products

    UNEP Report Spotlights Best Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic Products

    Around 50% of all plastic produced is produced for single-use purposes, according to a new report. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for countries to reduce pollution from single-use plastic products. Life-cycle assessment studies compared SUPPs and their alternatives - both single-use and reusable - including for shopping bags, beverage bottles, take-away food packaging, beverage cups, tableware, nappies/diapers, pads and tampons, and face masks. Read More
  • Article
    Chemicals and Wastes Conventions Make Progress between In-Person Meetings

    Chemicals and Wastes Conventions Make Progress between In-Person Meetings

    The parties to three global conventions on hazardous chemicals and wastes convened online to make decisions enabling operations to continue until a face-to-face meeting is possible. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin notes that in addition to the key policy achievements resulting from this meeting, two central challenges endure: financial support for the sustainable management of chemicals and waste, and the meaning—and operationalization—of universal access and participation. Read More