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    Better Toy Safety Policies Needed to Protect Children: SAICM Report

    Better Toy Safety Policies Needed to Protect Children: SAICM Report

    An analysis of toy safety policies addressing chemicals of concern in toys was undertaken in low- and medium-income countries with the highest total import value of toys from China. The research indicates existing regulations in Tajikistan and Tanzania, but not in the other low-income countries reviewed. The report suggests that countries manufacturing or importing toys should establish enforcement mechanisms to ensure compliance with local regulatory requirements. Read More
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    GEF Council Approves Over $280M for Biodiversity, Climate, Chemicals, and Water

    GEF Council Approves Over $280M for Biodiversity, Climate, Chemicals, and Water

    The projects will address the interlinked challenges of climate change, biodiversity and wildlife habitat loss, land degradation, ocean pollution and depletion, and dangerous chemicals. The five Executive Secretaries from the conventions for which the GEF serves as a financial mechanism raised the themes of collaboration and the need for synergistic action during a dialogue with the GEF Council.  Read More
  • Policy document
    Understanding chemicals in products: SAICM Policy Brief

    Understanding chemicals in products: SAICM Policy Brief

    The transparency of information about chemicals in global supply chains has been an emerging policy issue for the Strategic Approach to... Read More

  • Policy document
    Chemicals of Concern in electronics: List of Lists and Regulatory Frameworks

    Chemicals of Concern in electronics: List of Lists and Regulatory Frameworks

    Chemicals in products and hazardous substances within the life cycle of electrical and electronic products have been longstanding emerging... Read More

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    Promoting youth engagement with different stakeholders in chemicals and waste

    Promoting youth engagement with different stakeholders in chemicals and waste

    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 Promoting youth engagement with different stakeholders in chemicals and waste, which took place on 26 May 2021. Read More
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    Summary report on Chemicals in Toys Policy in China

    Summary report on Chemicals in Toys Policy in China

    China is one of the largest producers, exporters and consumers of toy products in the world. In order to ensure the quality and safety of toys,... Read More

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    Children and digital dumpsites: e-waste exposure and child health

    Children and digital dumpsites: e-waste exposure and child health

    WHO launched the first comprehensive publication on e-waste, entitled ‘Children and digital dumpsites: e-waste exposure and child health... Read More

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    Experts Discuss Targets, Indicators for Chemicals and Waste Management Framework

    Experts Discuss Targets, Indicators for Chemicals and Waste Management Framework

    The 2021 edition of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum took place online from 27-28 April 2021. A panel session addressed targets and indicators to track national and global progress, as well as the role of regions with advanced chemicals management systems in helping less developed countries achieve a high standard of protection by 2030. The fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management will convene "once an end of the pandemic is foreseeable and travel restrictions are lifted around the world". Read More
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    SAICM, NRDC Examine Addressing Chemicals in Textile Industry

    SAICM, NRDC Examine Addressing Chemicals in Textile Industry

    The policy brief includes recommendations for government and the private sector in approaching PFAS as a class for production and use control purposes. The cost to the textile industry of poor chemical management is estimated at €7 billion per year, indicated by the value opportunity of eliminating occupational illnesses by 2030. The report describes the textile sector as an appropriate choice for analysis given the sector’s global value chain, which provides lessons for capacity building and enabling conditions that can extend to other sectors as well. Read More
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    Montreal Parties Agree on Replenishing Funds for Ozone Action

    Montreal Parties Agree on Replenishing Funds for Ozone Action

    The extraordinary meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (ExMOP 4) met to ensure donor countries could make payments to the Multilateral Fund within the fiscal year. Delegates then held discussions on scope and content of guidance to the TEAP Replenishment Task Force on further work on its replenishment report. OEWG 43 will resume in July 2021 to discuss energy efficiency and unexpected emissions of the ozone-depleting substance CFC-11. Read More
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    International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW Learn)

    International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW Learn)

    IW:LEARN is the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network. The IW:LEARN project was... Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    The Role of Alternatives in Phasing out HHPs

    The Role of Alternatives in Phasing out HHPs

    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 of Alternatives in Phasing out HHPs, which took place on 19 May 2021. Read More
  • Report
    Review of chemicals related Toy Safety Policies and Regulations in selected Low and Middle Income Countries

    Review of chemicals related Toy Safety Policies and Regulations in selected Low and Middle Income Countries

    With a total revenue of more than 90 billion USD in 2018, the global toy market is an important sector of consumer products. Like many other... Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    Chemicals and Biodiversity

    Chemicals and Biodiversity

    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 Chemicals and Biodiversity, which took place on 28 April 2021. 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

    This UNEP report provides a comprehensive but not necessarily exhaustive overview of the various regulatory approaches for CoC in EEE.... Read More

  • Article
    Review Describes EU Progress and Challenges on E-Waste Targets

    Review Describes EU Progress and Challenges on E-Waste Targets

    EU member States collect and recover more discarded electrical and electronic equipment than most of the world. Addressing criminal activity remains a significant challenge in e-waste management, given the economic incentives for illegal or unsound waste management exist and low risk of getting caught. Updated requirements do not yet cover certain electrical and electronic equipment, like mobile phones and computers. Read More
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    Practitioners Discuss Boosting Synergies Between Chemicals and Biodiversity Communities

    Practitioners Discuss Boosting Synergies Between Chemicals and Biodiversity Communities

    The SAICM Secretariat and the University of Cape Town established the Community of Practice on Chemicals and SDGs to bring representatives from different sectors together and create a learning network. The discussion highlighted the need to strengthen dialogue at the national level to ensure delivery and implementation of the post-2020 global frameworks for chemicals and biodiversity. Participants said the relationship between the two agendas is not reflected in the siloed approaches of the current policy landscape. Read More
  • Article
    Multisectoral Financing Needed for Chemicals and Waste Management, Say Experts

    Multisectoral Financing Needed for Chemicals and Waste Management, Say Experts

    A webinar convened by IOMC featured presentations by the SAICM Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme, the UN Development Programme, and the World Bank. Speakers said a multisectoral approach is needed to address financing considerations, and signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment manage a total of USD 103.3 trillion in assets. The World Bank discussed PROCLEAN, a new partnership with development partners and client countries to help countries achieve the SDGs and improve public and environmental health outcomes through circular economy and pollution prevention and abatement interventions. Read More
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    Experts Call for Chemical Accident Prevention in Beyond 2020 Framework

    Experts Call for Chemical Accident Prevention in Beyond 2020 Framework

    Speakers said many past chemicals accidents could have been prevented if experiences had been shared in a systematic manner. The webinar highlighted that chemical accidents must be considered in the Beyond 2020 process, given that the global chemical industry is expected to double by 2030. Panelists said investing in chemical prevention, response and preparedness will result in economic, social, and environmental benefits. Read More
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    Webinar Underscores Illegal Trade of Chemicals and Waste Remains a Serious Problem

    Webinar Underscores Illegal Trade of Chemicals and Waste Remains a Serious Problem

    Limited progress has been made across regions, and illegal traffic remains a serious threat to developing countries. Illegal traffic of pesticides could be addressed by improving legislation and developing policy and technical guidelines. The webinar was organized by the IOMC with support from the Government of Germany. Read More
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    Green Chemistry Critical for Beyond 2020 Process and Achieving SDGs, Experts Say

    Green Chemistry Critical for Beyond 2020 Process and Achieving SDGs, Experts Say

    Green and sustainable chemistry is a critical part of the Beyond 2020 process and is supporting achievement of the SDGs. The event discussed current initiatives, the perspective of national governments on applying green or sustainable chemistry, and examples of collaboration and successful experiences related to sustainable chemistry. Aligning SAICM's work to green and sustainable chemistry can help achieve a higher level of sustainable production and use of chemicals. Read More
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    Virtual Working Group Issues Proposals for Financing Chemicals Management

    Virtual Working Group Issues Proposals for Financing Chemicals Management

    IPEN proposed a globally coordinated tax or fee on the production of basic chemicals to finance chemical safety actions, while African Group proposed the chemical industry contribute 0.5% of its annual revenue to fund SAICM implementation. The ICCA proposed a capacity-building clearinghouse mechanism to bring together initiatives, map existing capacity-building efforts, and help track progress and generate additional funding. Read More
  • Article
    UNEP Report: Regulatory Restrictions on Chemicals in Electronics Spurs Innovation

    UNEP Report: Regulatory Restrictions on Chemicals in Electronics Spurs Innovation

    Countries with regulations addressing chemicals of concern in EEE are either high- or middle-income countries. The content of chemicals of concern in EEE may hinder recycling due to concerns of potential impacts during post-consumer uses of these materials. Regulations addressing chemicals of concern in EEE have spurred innovation and substitution in the electronics sector. Read More
  • Project document
    National baseline information on lead paint in Jordan

    National baseline information on lead paint in Jordan

    The World Health Organization (WHO) with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has launched the initiative called "Global Alliance to... Read More

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    Call for proposals: Toolkit to support regulatory compliance in the toy supply chain

    Call for proposals: Toolkit to support regulatory compliance in the toy supply chain

    UNEP is looking for a partner to develop a training toolkit to support early supply chain actors in the toy sector in identifying, meeting and... Read More