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  • May 27
    EU Chemicals Legislation Finder Enables Companies to Track Legal Obligations

    EU Chemicals Legislation Finder Enables Companies to Track Legal Obligations

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released an online service to give companies free access to an overview of 40 pieces of EU chemicals legislation that they may need to comply with. The...

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  • May 17
    COVID-19 Impacts on the Global Environmental Agenda: SAICM and ICCM5

    COVID-19 Impacts on the Global Environmental Agenda: SAICM and ICCM5

    The Geneva Environment Dialogues special COVID-19 series is focusing on the impacts of the pandemic on the global environmental agenda. Experts are concerned that the world is losing critical time...

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  • May 16
    Global Forum on Environment: Towards Cost-effective Management Systems for Industrial and Consumer Chemicals

    Global Forum on Environment: Towards Cost-effective Management Systems for Industrial and Consumer Chemicals

    The Global Forum on Environment will discuss the challenges posed by chemicals and provide knowledge on effective and sustainable policies for the sound management of chemicals.The event will bring...

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  • April 22
    How Nanosilver Gets Into Our Freshwater, and What We Need To Do About It

    How Nanosilver Gets Into Our Freshwater, and What We Need To Do About It

    Despite its widespread use, and results of laboratory studies, we still do not fully understand the impact that nanosilver can have on the environment once it enters lakes.

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  • April 14
    SAICM Resource Facilitates Networking among Chemicals Policy Experts

    SAICM Resource Facilitates Networking among Chemicals Policy Experts

    The website includes a section for individuals working on chemicals policy issues to register and network with other “people working for a healthier environment.” 

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  • April 14
    OECD Describes Benefits of Implementing a Chemical Management System

    OECD Describes Benefits of Implementing a Chemical Management System

    Sound chemicals management systems can deliver benefits related to the management of industrial chemicals, agricultural pesticides, chemical accidents prevention, preparedness and response, and the establishment of the Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs).

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  • April 21
    SAICM Brief Previews Chemicals Management Needs Beyond 2020

    SAICM Brief Previews Chemicals Management Needs Beyond 2020

    SAICM reports that, while it has m­­­ade progress regarding strengthening capacity, commitment, technical knowledge, and political will to implement and mainstream chemicals into national planning, its objectives and 2020 goal to minimize the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste will not be achieved.

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  • April 21
    UNEP Exposes Fight Against Illegal Trade in Pesticides, Mercury

    UNEP Exposes Fight Against Illegal Trade in Pesticides, Mercury

    UNEP reports that multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) regulate only a fraction of the chemicals being traded and many toxic products are easily accessible in the marketplace or online. A lack of reporting mechanisms means that information on illegal trade is scarce and hinders the ability of authorities to act.

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  • March 19
    UNEP Assesses Links between Chemicals and Waste Management and Other Issues

    UNEP Assesses Links between Chemicals and Waste Management and Other Issues

    The report addresses clusters related to health, world of work, biodiversity, climate change, agriculture and food, sustainable consumption and production, and human rights. The assessment mentions further linking the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Chemicals Roadmap with the Beyond 2020 framework. The report was published for consideration by the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management in October 2020.

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  • March 17
    Future Policy Award 2020 Focuses on Protection from Hazardous Chemicals

    Future Policy Award 2020 Focuses on Protection from Hazardous Chemicals

    Winners will be honored during a high-level award ceremony at ICCM5 in October 2020. The Award aims to raise global awareness about and highlight exemplary laws, policies and legal frameworks that minimize the adverse effects of exposure to chemicals. Governments have launched a process to prepare recommendations regarding SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020.

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  • March 17
    Alliance Calls for Declaration on Strengthening SAICM Beyond 2020

    Alliance Calls for Declaration on Strengthening SAICM Beyond 2020

    The Alliance's work supports the ‘Beyond 2020 inter-sessional process’ and the adoption of an ambitious global chemicals and waste agenda for the post-2020 period. Alliance members discussed interlinkages between sound chemicals and waste management and combating climate change.

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  • February 27
    Playground Equipment Contains Dangerous Levels of Lead: IPEN Studies

    Playground Equipment Contains Dangerous Levels of Lead: IPEN Studies

    NGOs in five countries studied playground equipment as part of their participation in the International Pollutants Elimination Network, and found lead levels as high as 100,000 ppm in the equipment paint. The recommended limit by UNEP is 90 ppm. IPEN is calling for lead paint bans to include industrial paint on outdoor equipment, not only decorative paint, to protect children's health.

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  • February 25
    Can Environmental Negotiations Regain Momentum in 2020?

    Can Environmental Negotiations Regain Momentum in 2020?

    It is timely to take stock of global environmental governance as the world enters a new year and a new decade. In a new IISD report, 'The State of Global Environmental Governance 2019,' the Earth Negotiations Bulletin team reflects on the successes, shortcomings and overall trends of 2019. We also look ahead, with optimism 2020 will regain the momentum recently lost.

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  • February 11
    OECD Portal Improves Access to Information on Chemical Properties, Exposure

    OECD Portal Improves Access to Information on Chemical Properties, Exposure

    The eChemPortal aims to contribute to international commitments on making information on chemical properties publicly available. The latest version provides classification results according to hazard classification schemes, such as the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The information is intended to support health and environment decisions regarding chemicals.

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  • January 28
    Call for Proposals Open for Chemicals and Waste Management Projects

    Call for Proposals Open for Chemicals and Waste Management Projects

    The Special Programme supports national-level institutional strengthening for implementing the BRS Conventions, the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and SAICM. Assistance is available to help governments with the application process.

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  • January 28
    Quick Start Programme Shares Stories on Sound Chemicals Management

    Quick Start Programme Shares Stories on Sound Chemicals Management

    QSP projects have helped raise awareness and build institutional capacity for the sound management of chemicals at the national level and advance mainstreaming and multi-sectoral approaches. The QSP enabled the implementation of 184 projects in 108 countries, including 54 LDCs and SIDS, and mobilized USD 47.9 million through its Trust Fund.

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  • January 16
    Future of the Strategic Approach on International Chemicals Management to be Decided in 2020

    Future of the Strategic Approach on International Chemicals Management to be Decided in 2020

    The Strategic Approach on International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a global multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder, voluntary policy framework aimed at minimizing significant adverse effects of chemicals on human health and the environment by 2020. A new approach for the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 is currently under negotiation.

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  • January 16
    Discussion on Environmental Governance and 2030 Agenda Focuses on Synergies

    Discussion on Environmental Governance and 2030 Agenda Focuses on Synergies

    Speakers addressed ways that promoting synergies between the biodiversity and chemicals and waste multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) clusters could help deliver the 2030 Agenda. Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP, highlighted the importance of recognizing interlinkages among all of the 2020 activities, and illustrated the possibilities for thinking about synergies in terms of operational and programmatic linkages.

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  • January 16
    Convention on Mercury Takes Steps on Compliance

    Convention on Mercury Takes Steps on Compliance

    COP3 delegates were pleased with progress on some institutional agenda items, including the decisions taken on the sharing of secretariat services between the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the operationalization of the Implementation and Compliance Committee. A last-minute compromise that reduced the scope of the decision on the effectiveness evaluation had a direct bearing on the programme of work for the coming biennium.

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  • January 14
    Workshop on Governance in the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020

    Workshop on Governance in the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020

    The German Government will host and UNITAR will organize a multi-stakeholder workshop to explore possible enabling framework for the post-2020 platform on sound management of chemicals and waste to replace the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and options for garnering high-level political buy-in, such as submission of the declaration and/or outcome of the October 2020 Fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) to the UN General Assembly for endorsement.

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  • January 9
    It’s Time to Talk about Expectations for Super Year 2020

    It’s Time to Talk about Expectations for Super Year 2020

    This year, the SDGs on gender, climate, the ocean, life below water and on land, and responsible consumption and production, as well as on means of implementation, will have their moment to shine. Actors also will be able to look clearly upon the processes and institutions they rely on to drive change, and decide whether they are enough to slow the existential crises with which 2020 has begun. It is time to look for the opportunities to "change course" in an effort to reach crucial goals.

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  • January 6
    SAICM Details Efforts to Reduce Chemicals of Concern in Textiles, Toys, Building Materials and Electronics

    SAICM Details Efforts to Reduce Chemicals of Concern in Textiles, Toys, Building Materials and Electronics

    The GEF-funded project on ‘Global Best Practices on Emerging Chemical Policy Issues of Concern under SAICM’ aims to accelerate the adoption of national and value chain initiatives. Information exchange helps identify and address chemicals of concern in products, particularly for manufacturers, retailers and consumers.

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  • November 25
    Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

    Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury

    The Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP3) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury is expected to discuss, inter alia, waste thresholds, releases, interim storage, contaminated sites,...

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  • January 17
    SAICM Launches Project on Best Practices for Chemical Policy Issues of Concern

    SAICM Launches Project on Best Practices for Chemical Policy Issues of Concern

    > The project will focus on three components: phase out of lead in paint; lifecycle management of chemicals in products; and knowledge management and stakeholder engagement. ...

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  • November 14
    ‘INECE Compliance Conversations’ Build Capacity on Lead Paint Laws

    ‘INECE Compliance Conversations’ Build Capacity on Lead Paint Laws

    Participants discussed the Model Law and Guidance for Regulating Lead in Paint, and highlighted efforts by the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, established by UNEP and the WHO to raise awareness regarding the harmful impacts of lead and on safe alternatives. A working paper will be drafted summarizing the topics discussed during the webinars.

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