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  • Video
    Gender equality to make mercury history

    Gender equality to make mercury history

    On International Women’s Day, the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury launched a video on how women are more negatively impacted... Read More

  • Report
    Single-Use Plastic Products (SUPP) and their alternatives: Recommendations from Life Cycle Assessments

    Single-Use Plastic Products (SUPP) and their alternatives: Recommendations from Life Cycle Assessments

    UN Environment Programme (UNEP) defines single use plastic products as “an umbrella term for different types of products that are typically used... Read More

  • Article
    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
  • Article
    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
  • Article
    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
  • Article
    Informal Group Reviews Draft High-level Declaration for ICCM5

    Informal Group Reviews Draft High-level Declaration for ICCM5

    The drafting group held its third virtual meeting on 9 February 2021 to discuss the text. Participants disagreed on the scope of the declaration, with some preferring a focus on the beyond 2020 instrument and others calling for a broader agenda on chemicals and waste and potentially linkages to biodiversity and climate. With the further postponement of ICCM5, an additional meeting of the informal drafting group will take place on 9 March 2021. Read More
  • Article
    Experts Call for New Ways to Identify and Address Chemical Issues of Concern

    Experts Call for New Ways to Identify and Address Chemical Issues of Concern

    Technical briefings are a component of the intersessional process leading to ICCM 5. Stakeholders highlighted limitations of the current system and the need to elaborate a process for identifying issues of concern in the SAICM successor agreement. Some suggested that a science-policy interface could conduct assessments, inform policymakers and the public to raise awareness, and facilitate the identification of issues of concern. Read More
  • Article
    Minamata Convention Progress Report Highlights Actions on Mercury Management

    Minamata Convention Progress Report Highlights Actions on Mercury Management

    Scientific and technical activities described in the report include a review of products and processes that use mercury, and the means by which parties to the Convention can distinguish mercury-added products via customs codes for internationally traded goods. A project is underway to develop an integrated management system for the management of seized mercury to promote traceability and reduce illegal trade of mercury. The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention, held once every two years, is scheduled to take place from 1-5 November 2021 in Bali, Indonesia. Read More
  • Report
    Chemicals of Concern for the Health Sector

    Chemicals of Concern for the Health Sector

    This document includes a list of chemicals of con­cern to human health and the environment. The list is based on systematic evidence reviews from author­itative sources, which identify chemical and material hazards of concern that are carcinogenic, mutagenic, endocrine disrupting and reproductive hazards (health hazards) and bio- accumulative and persistent to the environment and/or listed in International Environ­mental instruments (Conventions). Read More
  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Industry initiative and information sharing on chemicals in products in the supply chain

    Industry initiative and information sharing on chemicals in products in the supply chain

    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 Industry initiative and information sharing on chemicals in products in the supply chain, which took place on 18 February 2021. Read More
  • Report
    An Assessment Report on Issues of Concern: Chemicals and Waste Issues Posing Risks to Human Health and the Environment

    An Assessment Report on Issues of Concern: Chemicals and Waste Issues Posing Risks to Human Health and the Environment

    Many countries and regions have set up regulatory and policy frameworks to achieve sound chemicals and waste management. In addition to national... Read More

  • Policy document
    Key Messages on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances

    Key Messages on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances

    Pollution is the largest source of premature death in the developing world, causing approximately three times more deaths than HIV/AIDS,... Read More
  • Factsheets and brochures
    Case studies on the implementation of the WHO Chemicals Road Map

    Case studies on the implementation of the WHO Chemicals Road Map

    The World Health Organization is publishing a serious of national case studies on the implementation of the WHO Chemicals Read More

  • Article
    Technical Briefing Reviews Proposed International Tax on 35 Basic Chemicals

    Technical Briefing Reviews Proposed International Tax on 35 Basic Chemicals

    Chemical industry sales are expected to grow to approximately USD 11 trillion in 2030, up from USD 6 trillion in 2017. The proposal entails applying a 0.5% tax or fee on the production value of 35 basic chemicals, the proceeds of which would go to a global fund for chemical safety. The presentation highlighted the benefits of international cost recovery instruments as opposed to national ones. Read More
  • Article
    UNEP Manual Suggests Ways to Advance Green and Sustainable Chemistry

    UNEP Manual Suggests Ways to Advance Green and Sustainable Chemistry

    The concepts of green and sustainable chemistry have gained significant attention for their potential to innovate and advance chemistry to help achieve the SDGs and their targets. A draft manual from UNEP suggests that universities introduce green and sustainable chemistry into teaching curricula, and chemicals companies set targets for replacing chemicals of concern through innovation. The manual overviews the evolution of the field of green and sustainable chemistry, including scientific and social dimensions.   Read More
  • Article
    UNEP Report Identifies Top Actions to Minimize Adverse Impacts of Pesticides, Fertilizers

    UNEP Report Identifies Top Actions to Minimize Adverse Impacts of Pesticides, Fertilizers

    Pesticides cause both acute and long-term health impacts, with an estimated 385 million cases of non-fatal unintentional pesticide poisonings every year and approximately 11,000 deaths. Expanded global demand, production, and use of pesticides and fertilizers has led to combined sales that are growing at about 4.1% per year and projected to reach USD 309 billion by 2025. This is one of multiple reports UNEP is preparing for UNEA-5. Read More
  • Website
    USEPA - Toxics Release Inventory Website Now Available in Spanish

    USEPA - Toxics Release Inventory Website Now Available in Spanish

    Toxics Release Inventory Website Now Available in Spanish

    Today, EPA launched a Spanish version of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)... Read More

  • Website
    Green Growth Knowledge Platform

    Green Growth Knowledge Platform

    The GGKP is a global community of organisations and experts committed to collaboratively generating, managing and sharing green growth knowledge... Read More

  • Report
    Chemicals of concern in electronics: Review of legislative and regulatory approach

    Chemicals of concern in electronics: Review of legislative and regulatory approach

    The report provides a comprehensive but not necessarily exhaustive overview of the various regulatory approaches for CoC in EEE. Further inputs from the international community are welcomed to complement the research, especially with regards to relevant regulations that are not yet captured in the report. Read More
  • E-learning
    Massive Open Online Course on Nature-based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience

    Massive Open Online Course on Nature-based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience

    Nature offers many solutions to reduce the impacts of disasters and climate change, such as protecting forests on steep slopes, maintaining sand dunes along coastline and wetlands to buffer excess rainwater. In this course, find out how people around the world are building resilience to disasters and climate change impacts through Nature-based Solutions. Read More
  • Article
    Stockholm Committee Reviews Three POPs for Screening, Listing

    Stockholm Committee Reviews Three POPs for Screening, Listing

    Participants discussed the ways in which the POPRC should address newer chemicals that have not been fully examined and when and whether to employ a precautionary approach. An intersessional working group was established to develop guidance on applying the long-range environmental transport criterion in the context of plastic pollution. The Committee deferred a decision on the draft risk profile for Dechlorane Plus until POPRC-17. Read More
  • Article
    IPEN, SAICM Report on Chemicals’ Disproportionate Impacts on Women

    IPEN, SAICM Report on Chemicals’ Disproportionate Impacts on Women

    The report illustrates the impact chemicals have on women as a vulnerable group exposed to hazardous chemicals as well as gender inequalities re­lated to decision-making around chemicals and waste management. Women can suffer impacts on reproductive and pregnancy outcomes long after exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Information is lacking on the impacts of women of pharmaceuticals in the environment and nanomaterials. Read More
  • Report
    Sustainable Fashion? How companies provide sustainability information to consumers

    Sustainable Fashion? How companies provide sustainability information to consumers

    The new report by HEJSupport touches upon gaps in the current provision of product sustainability information to consumers, with the aim of suggesting a way forward which makes consumers a driving force able to shape the future of sustainable textiles. The report provides recommendations for business, policy makers and consumers. Read More
  • Database
    Chemical Entities of Biological Interest

    Chemical Entities of Biological Interest

    Chemical Entities of Biological Interest, also known as ChEBI is a chemical database and ontology of ... Read More

  • Database
    Special programme projects database

    Special programme projects database

    The Special Programme has successfully processed three rounds of applications since its inception in 2015. The Programme is currently funding... Read More