Sustainable Development Goals
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2015. The SDGs aim to meet the dual challenge of overcoming poverty and protecting the planet. They highlight a comprehensive vision of sustainable development that embraces economic, social and environmental dimensions.
Sound management of chemicals and waste is a specific target under SDG 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production. Chemicals, waste and air quality are also referred to under SDG 3 on Good Health and Well-being, SDG 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG14 on Life Below Water.
Given that chemicals and waste affects all aspects of development, the sound management of chemicals and waste is relevant and support the implementation of many other, if not all SDGs.
SAICM and SDG 12: Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns
The global chemical sector is a major economic factor, and a key enabler for achieving sustainable development. Chemicals and waste in the context of SDG 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns is about ensuring healthy lives and a healthy planet well into the future.
Sustainable Consumption and Production requires a systematic approach throughout the life cycle of chemicals and cooperation across actors and sectors throughout the supply chain, from producers to final consumers. Target 12.4 in particular is set for achievement by 2020, which is aligned with the overall SAICM objective.
Case study: plan of action to implement the WHO chemical road map in Jordan
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Case study: Using the WHO Chemicals Road Map and Workbook to determine country priorities for sound management of chemicals and waste
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Case study: mainstreaming chemicals management into the sustainable development agenda in Belarus
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Case study: chemical safety in schools in the Philippines
Several chemical incidents involving mercury and other chemicals have occurred in some schools in the Philippines in the past years. The Department...Read More
Accelerating the implementation of SDG 12.4
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 Accelerating the implementation of SDG 12.4, which took place on 25 November 2020.Read More
Brainstorming implementation of gender mainstreaming into national policies for the sound management of chemicals and waste
The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have launched a Community...Read More
Safer use of chemicals can help protect biodiversity
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Chemicals and waste management: essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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