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    Traceability tools across supply chains

    Traceability tools across supply chains

    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 tools across supply chains, which took place on 12 May 2022. Read More
  • Report
    Towards a Circular Economy for the Electronics Sector in Africa: Overview, Actions and Recommendations

    Towards a Circular Economy for the Electronics Sector in Africa: Overview, Actions and Recommendations

    This report provides an overview of the current state of circularity in the electronics value chain in Africa, identifies key areas of concern,... Read More

  • Report
    Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater: Hazards and Policy Responses

    Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater: Hazards and Policy Responses

    Pharmaceutical Residues in Freshwater:
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  • Report
    Management of Pharmaceutical Household Waste

    Management of Pharmaceutical Household Waste

    Management of Pharmaceutical Household Waste:
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  • Factsheets and brochures
    Summary of SAICM and IOMC side-event: How could an integrated chemicals and waste management approach build a strengthened SAICM beyond 2020?

    Summary of SAICM and IOMC side-event: How could an integrated chemicals and waste management approach build a strengthened SAICM beyond 2020?

    A side event took place on 14 June 2022, in the margins of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BC... Read More

  • Article
    Global Outlook Details Scenarios to Decrease Plastic Pollution by 2060

    Global Outlook Details Scenarios to Decrease Plastic Pollution by 2060

    Under current policies, by 2060, plastics use could almost triple globally, driven by economic and population growth, with the largest increases expected in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The report emphasizes that all countries must implement policies to curb plastics demand, increase product lifespans through repair and reuse, and improve waste management and recyclability. The ‘Global Ambition’ policy package could reduce plastics use and waste by more than 30% and almost eliminate plastic leakage by 2060.  Read More
  • Article
    GEF Council Approves USD 165.8 Million Work Program

    GEF Council Approves USD 165.8 Million Work Program

    The Work Program for the GEF Trust Fund comprises 18 projects and one program from all five focal area envelopes – biodiversity loss, chemicals and waste, climate change, international waters, and land degradation. The LDCF work program comprises eight projects, of which four address “urgent and immediate climate change adaptation priorities in at least four LDCs”. The Council also endorsed the next four-year replenishment period for the GEF whose funding level of USD 5.33 billion represents a 30% increase from GEF-7. Read More
  • Report
    Report of the 2020 International Lead poisoning Prevention Week

    Report of the 2020 International Lead poisoning Prevention Week

    The eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) was held on 25–31 October 2020, with more than 90 events in 60 countries... Read More

  • Article
    BRS COPs Subject E-waste to PIC, Ban Chemicals Harmful to Firefighters

    BRS COPs Subject E-waste to PIC, Ban Chemicals Harmful to Firefighters

    The three Conventions took seven joint decisions, including on strengthening efforts to combat illegal trafficking and trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes. Parties to the Stockholm Convention were unable to advance work on establishing a compliance mechanism, with several developing countries emphasizing the need for funding for implementation as a precondition to any future agreements to establish such a mechanism. Consensus on e-waste amendments reached by parties to the Basel Convention is significant, given e-waste is the fastest-growing waste stream in the world, with only 17% recycled or recovered in 2019.  Read More
  • Article
    Event Explores How Multilateral Trade Can Address Environmental Challenges

    Event Explores How Multilateral Trade Can Address Environmental Challenges

    Speakers explored how multilateral trade initiatives are protecting biodiversity, helping curb overfishing, enabling adaptation to climate change, facilitating the decarbonization of industries and economies, and supporting the reduction of plastic pollution. They discussed WTO members’ work under the Trade and Environmental Sustainability Structured Discussions and the Informal Dialogue on Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade. Read More
  • Article
    ISLANDS Initiative to Help SIDS Manage Hazardous Chemicals and Waste

    ISLANDS Initiative to Help SIDS Manage Hazardous Chemicals and Waste

    SIDS have limited disposal capacity and excessively high export costs, leading to biodiversity loss, accelerated climate change effects through emissions from waste, decreased revenue from tourism, and health impacts for from pollution exposure. ISLANDS is a five-year USD 515 million initiative that will help countries control the import of hazardous substances, dispose of harmful chemicals and waste in a sound manner, and establish circular production systems, partnering with the private sector. Through the ISLANDS Waste-Free Shipping Partnership, companies have committed to ship recyclables free of charge to recycling facilities. Read More
  • Article
    CEE Countries Provide Updates on Progress on SAICM Objectives

    CEE Countries Provide Updates on Progress on SAICM Objectives

    The Central and Eastern Europe regional meeting discussed the outcomes of the four Virtual Working Groups, which were established to maintain momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the document compiling recommendations for SAICM beyond 2020 contains brackets and will be further discussed at IP4 in Bucharest, Romania, at the end of August. Suzana Andonova of North Macedonia was appointed the new regional focal point for the region. Read More
  • Article
    Montevideo Law Programme Focuses Work on Triple Planetary Crisis

    Montevideo Law Programme Focuses Work on Triple Planetary Crisis

    Montevideo Programme V will help countries with legal responses to implement their obligations under the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Basel Convention on Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes, “while cooperating with the MEA secretariats to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure synergies”. NFPs broadly welcomed the roadmap on air pollution, and requested the Secretariat to prepare similar roadmaps for climate change, biodiversity, and waste, as well as compliance and enforcement to address pollution. Read More
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    Plastic pollution: harmful chemicals in our plastics

    Plastic pollution: harmful chemicals in our plastics

    Global cumulative plastic production is predicted to reach Read More

  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    The role and importance of national and regional Highly Hazardous Pesticides strategies

    The role and importance of national and regional Highly Hazardous Pesticides strategies

    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 and importance of national and regional Highly Hazardous Pesticides strategies, which took place on 18 May 2022. Read More
  • Article
    Environmental Law Programme to Identify Priorities for Legal Responses

    Environmental Law Programme to Identify Priorities for Legal Responses

    The Montevideo Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law has informed priorities for global environmental lawmaking and review for four decades. It has also led to a number of MEAs, including the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, which work to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes, and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The resumed First Global Meeting of National Focal Points for the Fifth Montevideo Programme will continue deliberations on key arrangements and strategic guidance for the Programme, including the full set of priority areas for implementation. Read More
  • Article
    Countries Take First Steps Towards Plastic Pollution Treaty

    Countries Take First Steps Towards Plastic Pollution Treaty

    Approximately 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s, of which 6.3 billion tonnes are now waste. UNEA resolution 5/14 titled, ‘End plastic pollution: Towards an international legally binding instrument,’ mandates the process to develop an international treaty to address plastic pollution. The meeting sought to establish a foundation for the work of the intergovernmental negotiating committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. Read More
  • Article
    UNEP Technical Guidelines: Lead Paint Reformulation “Entirely Possible”

    UNEP Technical Guidelines: Lead Paint Reformulation “Entirely Possible”

    The Technical Guidelines were developed to help address both capacity constraints and technical barriers to substituting lead compounds in paints, focusing on the needs of SMEs. Twenty-two SMEs in Nigeria, Jordan, Peru, China, Ecuador, and Colombia have completed pilot demonstrations using the guidelines. More SMEs are expected to start the process of phasing out lead from their paint production following the guidelines’ publication. Read More
  • Article
    LAC Region Prepares for Chemicals and Waste Management Beyond 2020

    LAC Region Prepares for Chemicals and Waste Management Beyond 2020

    The LAC regional meeting discussed the outcomes of the four Virtual Working Groups, which were established to maintain momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the document compiling recommendations for SAICM beyond 2020 contains brackets and will be further discussed at IP4 in Bucharest, Romania, at the end of August. Read More
  • Manuals and toolkits
    GREEN Labelling System for Sustainable Building Materials and Products

    GREEN Labelling System for Sustainable Building Materials and Products

    Sri Lanka, like other countries around the world, is facing an immense challenge, to create sustainable buildings for the future. Buildings are... Read More

  • Manuals and toolkits
    GREEN Rating System for New Constructions

    GREEN Rating System for New Constructions

    The natural environment together with our economy, health and productivity are immensely affected by the performance of the built environment.... Read More

  • Manuals and toolkits
    Reformulation is Entirely Possible: Summary of the Lead Paint Reformulation Technical Guidelines and How to Use this Information

    Reformulation is Entirely Possible: Summary of the Lead Paint Reformulation Technical Guidelines and How to Use this Information

    This document summarizes information from the Lead Paint Reformulation Technical Guidelines, the findings and recommendations of the... Read More

  • Article
    Chemicals and Waste Briefing Updates on Negotiations, Progress Made

    Chemicals and Waste Briefing Updates on Negotiations, Progress Made

    The High-level Segment of the BRS COPs, taking place in connection with the Stockholm+50 conference, will provide an opportunity to raise awareness on the contributions of BRS Conventions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Chemicals and waste, including mercury, are a priority issue in the 8th replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund. Sixteen countries have passed legislation to phase out lead in paint, and 21 paint producers in seven countries are receiving support to eliminate lead in paint, as a result of the SAICM-GEF process. Read More
  • Article
    Greater Industry Engagement Key to Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste

    Greater Industry Engagement Key to Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste

    Although the integrated approach is an aspirational tool for involving industry, its concrete implementation has been hampered by a lack of clarity regarding what constitutes industry involvement. The study supports tracking progress in industry involvement, through the creation of an efficient tracking system to measure inputs, activities, outcomes, and impacts. The report identifies activities for industry involvement, grouped into regulatory measures, economic instruments, and voluntary measures, as well as mixed measures that may be voluntary or mandatory, depending on the country.  Read More
  • Community of practice summary of discussions
    The Link between Climate Change and Chemical Accidents

    The Link between Climate Change and Chemical Accidents

    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 The Link between Climate Change and Chemical Accidents, which took place on 20 April 2022. Read More