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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
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    Pesticide Overuse Locked into European Agriculture, Says Paper on Pollution

    Pesticide Overuse Locked into European Agriculture, Says Paper on Pollution

    Excessive pesticide use is leading to severe water quality problems in Europe, with aquatic ecosystems negatively affected by the hazardous effects of past and present chemical pollution, according to a paper in Environmental Science and Policy journal. A transformation away from the lock-in of pesticide overuse and towards a sustainable chemical policy in agriculture is needed. Infrastructural and technological, institutional, and behavioral lock-ins all require “tremendous resources, time, or extraordinary windows of opportunity” to overcome, the authors explain.  Read More
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    Launch of E-learning Course on Industrial Chemicals Databases and Information Sharing

    Launch of E-learning Course on Industrial Chemicals Databases and Information Sharing

    Following a collaborative study by UNEP and the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), which provided a comprehensive inventory... Read More

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    Pilot Project to support African Countries in overcoming barriers in implementing the UN GHS

    Pilot Project to support African Countries in overcoming barriers in implementing the UN GHS

    Pilot Project to support African Countries in overcoming barriers in implementing the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of... Read More

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    UNEA Launches Negotiation of Plastic Pollution Treaty, Science Body on Chemicals

    UNEA Launches Negotiation of Plastic Pollution Treaty, Science Body on Chemicals

    Governments at UNEA 5.2 agreed to negotiate an internationally legal binding instrument by 2024 to end plastic pollution and to establish a science-policy panel on chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution. The plastics treaty is expected to address the full lifecycle of plastics, including production, design, and disposal. UNEP notes that the timeline for drafting the treaty is very short (approximately two years), while most global treaties require five to ten years of negotiation. Read More
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    Global Plastic Outlook Calls for More Circularity, National Roadmaps

    Global Plastic Outlook Calls for More Circularity, National Roadmaps

    In 2019, plastics generated 1.8 billion tonnes of emissions, with 90% from their production and conversion from fossil fuels. The report investigates the ways in which plastics use and waste have been affected by COVID-19 across sectors and regions. The report provides a picture of the full lifecycle of plastics globally, including production, consumption, waste, recycling, disposal, leakage, and GHG emissions. Read More
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    Summary for Policymakers - Environmental Dimensions of Antimicrobial Resistance

    Summary for Policymakers - Environmental Dimensions of Antimicrobial Resistance

    The Summary for Policymakers - Environmental Dimensions of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) launched on the sidelines of Read More

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    Community of Practice on Lead in Paint - 2021 Digest Compliation

    Community of Practice on Lead in Paint - 2021 Digest Compliation

    The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have established a Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Community of Practice on Chemicals in Products - 2021 Digest Compliation

    Community of Practice on Chemicals in Products - 2021 Digest Compliation

    The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a Read More

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    Community of Practice on Highly Hazardous Pesticides - 2021 Digest Compliation

    Community of Practice on Highly Hazardous Pesticides - 2021 Digest Compliation

    The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have established a Read More

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    Community of Practice on Chemicals and SDGs - 2021 Digest Compliation

    Community of Practice on Chemicals and SDGs - 2021 Digest Compliation

    The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have launched a Read More

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    Pollutant Registers Used to Assess Progress on Sustainability

    Pollutant Registers Used to Assess Progress on Sustainability

    The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development published a report on using pollutant release transfer register information to evaluate progress towards SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production). PRTRs collect and disseminate information on environmental releases and transfers of pollutants from industrial and other facilities, but have not previously been analyzed for tracking progress toward the SDGs. Future work could be expanded to include additional pollutants and economies.  Read More
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    Pesticide, Plastic Stabilizer among Chemicals Advanced for Stockholm Review

    Pesticide, Plastic Stabilizer among Chemicals Advanced for Stockholm Review

    The POPRC agreed to recommend that the COP decide to list the pesticide methoxychlor under Convention Annex A, without exemptions, which would effectively eliminate its production and use. POPRC-17 also reviewed three chemicals that were nominated due to their persistence, bioaccumulation, long-range environmental transport, and adverse effects. For UV-328 and Dechlorane Plus, the POPRC followed a precautionary approach, agreed global action is warranted, and moved the chemicals to the final review stage. Read More
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    In-Person Segment of UNEA-5 to Address Chemicals, Marine Plastics, Green Recovery

    In-Person Segment of UNEA-5 to Address Chemicals, Marine Plastics, Green Recovery

    Environment ministers are expected to adopt a declaration on strengthening actions for nature to achieve the SDGs. Draft resolutions call for establishing a negotiating committee on a legally binding instrument on marine litter and plastic pollution, and for establishing a science-policy panel to support action on chemicals, waste, and pollution. Read More
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    Is there lead in my paint? All about testing and labs

    Is there lead in my paint? All about testing and labs

    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 Is there lead in my paint? All about testing and labs, which took place on 8 December 2021. Read More
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    Fluorochemicals: Persistent, Dangerous, Avoidable

    Fluorochemicals: Persistent, Dangerous, Avoidable

    PFAS are non-aromatic, organic chemicals in which the hydrogen atoms in the carbon chain are fully replaced (“per”) or partly but almost... Read More

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    Ecolabeling a Critical Tool to Manage Chemicals in Electronics

    Ecolabeling a Critical Tool to Manage Chemicals in Electronics

    According to a report from UNEP, ecolabels can recognize best practices and are a practical tool for the industry to enhance transparency and traceability through the value chain and drive progress beyond regulations. Because electronic products have value chains spanning the globe, the report calls for increasing alignment and interoperability of criteria across labeling initiatives. Labeling initiatives can be used both as tools for consumers to make informed choices around product purchase, use and end of life, as well as to incentivize producers to trace and improve life cycle management of chemicals present in products.  Read More
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    Study Finds 55 Chemicals of High-Concern Used in Building Materials

    Study Finds 55 Chemicals of High-Concern Used in Building Materials

    The study suggests inhalation is the dominant exposure route, followed by dermal intake, while dust ingestion is negligible. Fifty-five substances were identified as chemicals of high concern, underscoring the need for more refined investigations to select safer alternatives. This study was funded by the GEF project on Global Best Practices on Emerging Chemical Policy Issues of Concern under SAICM. Read More
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    Study Estimates Risk of Chemicals in Products to Young Children

    Study Estimates Risk of Chemicals in Products to Young Children

    The study aims to develop a mouthing exposure model to predict migration into saliva, mouthing exposure, and related health risks from a range of chemical-material combinations in children’s products. The model represents a green and sustainable chemistry tool that industries can apply to assess whether the chemicals present in their products could pose a risk to children. Read More
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    Addressing the Issue of Chemicals of Concern in Electronics: Challenges and recommendations for labelling initiatives

    Addressing the Issue of Chemicals of Concern in Electronics: Challenges and recommendations for labelling initiatives

    Chemicals provide a variety of specific functions in electric and electronic products or in their manufacturing process. However, some of these... Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Traceability in the textiles value chain

    Traceability in the textiles value 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 Traceability in the textiles value chain, which took place on 11 November 2021. Read More
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    Evaluation of Tools and Models Used for Assessing Environmental Exposure to Manufactured Nanomaterials

    Evaluation of Tools and Models Used for Assessing Environmental Exposure to Manufactured Nanomaterials

    Scientific knowledge to assess the exposure to nanomaterials continues to improve. The OECD compiled an inventory of available models... Read More

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    Making the case: raising awareness about importance of lead paint laws

    Making the case: raising awareness about importance of lead paint laws

    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 Making the case: raising awareness about importance of lead paint laws, which took place on 14 September 2021. Read More