SAICM Stories

Stepping up the Approach to make our future chemical-safe, clean, and healthy
23 January 2017

Chemicals are everywhere, more than 100,000 of them. Their long scientific names and complex formulas make the simplest things possible: food, toys, clothes, our phones and more. Chemicals have the power to build economies, sustain societies, cure the sick, entertain, feed and clothe us. The ways in which we use chemicals can make the difference between environmental degradation and rich resources, between health and illness

Global Waste Management Outlook
23 January 2017

The Global Waste Management Outlook, a collective effort of the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Waste Management Association, is a pioneering scientific global assessment on the state of waste management and a call for action to the international community. The document establishes the rationale and the tools for taking a holistic approach towards waste management and recognizing waste and resource management as a significant contributor to sustainable development and climate change mitigation.

Pharmaceutical Pollutants under the Spotlight
23 January 2017

A call for attention and action on environmentally persistent pharmaceutical pollutants presented at the 4th International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) in September 2015. Stakeholders of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) consider a proposal to include environmentally persistent pharmaceutical pollutants as an emerging policy issue at ICCM4

The Business Sense Of Checking Up On Chemicals In Products
17 January 2017

Regulatory requirements, customer demands, media attention, non-governmental organization advocacy, product recalls, and market opportunities are driving companies to know more about the chemicals in their products and supply chains. This has led to an increasing demand for higher transparency. The use of Chemicals in Products information systems clearly demonstrate the value of knowing about chemicals that products contain.

Building legal frameworks and recovering their costs for sound management of chemicals: LIRA guidance at a glance
13 January 2017

UN environment has developed a guidance document Legal and Institutional infrastructures for the Sound Management of Chemicals and measures for costs Recovery of national Administration. Known as LIRA guidance, it aims to provide practical support to countries when developing or strengthening national legislation and institutional structures for achieving sound management of chemicals, including measures for financing the costs associated with the national administration.

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Invisible News

The Invisible News is a special set of 8 editions newspaper, produced jointly by SAICM, the BRS Secretariat, the Minamata Convention, and UN Environment Chemicals & Health Branch, for the Fourth UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), to reveal the hidden hazards in everyday objects, and also the safer alternatives which exist for safeguarding your household, your health, and the environment. Invisible News notes the gender dimension in recognizing that women and children are disproportionately more vulnerable to he adverse effects of toxic chemicals and waste.

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