Assessments & Guidance


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Actions on Air Quality Global overview of the actions taken by governments to promote better air quality, with results shared in an online catalogue of 194 countries. Air Pollution, Air Quality, Policy Air Quality, Transport, air pollution, emission, financial mechanism, waste
Assessing Environmental Impacts: A Global Review of Legislation An overview of the current status of national legislation and institutional arrangements of relevance to EIAs and SEAs across the globe, as well as emerging issues and trends, primarily through providing examples from a wide selection of countries of their EIA/SEA arrangements and in relation to the different steps of the EIA/SEA processes. Policy Environmental Impact assessment, national law, monitoring
Central and South Asia Air Quality Regional Report Regional overview of the actions taken by governments to promote better air quality. Air Pollution, Air Quality Air Quality, National Law, Air Pollution, transport, emission, waste
Existing science-policy interfaces for international chemicals and waste issues This review focusses on the work of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), United Nations Environment (UNEP), and the sciencepolicy interfaces of some international instruments that address chemicals and waste. As further detailed below, a variety of fora and mechanisms for the provision of scientific or technical advice exist within these organizations and address a broad array of topics relevant for chemicals. Chemicals and waste chemical, health, management, science, food, waste, pesticide, economy, implementation, national law
GEMStats Statistics Report Searchable database of water data by country, parameter, timeframe. Water water, chemical
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for Africa The assessment concludes that low-carbon, climate-resilient choices in infrastructure, energy and food production coupled with effective and sustainable natural resource governance are key to protecting the continent’s ecological assets that underpin a healthy society. Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific The analysis of key environmental themes on air, land, biota an ecosystems, freshwater, coasts and oceans, and waste using the drivers-pressures-state-impact-response (DPSIR) framework shows accelerating environmental degradation widely across the region and its impact on human wellbeing Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for Latin America and the Caribbean The GEO-6 Regional Assessment for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) identifies the main environmental changes that have been observed in the region since GEO-5 (2012) and GEO LAC 3 (2010); and considers priorities for action within the overall framework of the new 2030 sustainability agenda. Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for North America Environmental conditions in North America have significantly improved over time due to investments in policies, institutions, data collection and assessment, and regulatory frameworks. However, in recent years environmental challenges have emerged that are proving harder to manage within existing policy frameworks. Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for Pan-European Region The GEO-6 Assessment for the pan-European region argues for more urgent action, both through existing policies and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda), to address the challenges that the region is facing. Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
GEO 6 Regional Assessment for West Asia Unsustainable consumption patterns threaten water, energy and food security; biodiversity loss, desertification and ecosystem degradation are ongoing challenges; air pollution continues to greatly impact human health and the environment; waste management continues to be addressed through ad-hoc initiatives without an integrated waste management outlook. Air Quality, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
Global Chemicals Outlook II The second edition of the Global Chemicals Outlook has been prepared with substantive contributions from more than 400 experts and under the guidance of a Steering Committee, which provided oversight, strategic directions and guidance on all aspects of the report’s development, as well as technical inputs, where applicable. The Steering Committee was composed of representatives from Governments, non-governmental organizations (including civil society, industry/the private sector, and academia) and inter-governmental organizations, with participation from all regions and a wide range of stakeholders. Air Pollution, Biodiversity and Land Degredation, Marine Plastics and Microplastics, Lead, paint, and batteries, Marine Plastics and Microplastics, Oceans and Seas, Chemicals and Waste, Soil Pollution, Sustainable consumption and production, Sustainable N chemical, waste, management, sustainable development, implementation, health, exposure, economy
Global Chemicals Outlook Towards Sound Management of Chemicals First global chemicals assessment developed to help address this persistent set of challenges and argue for a revitalized commitment to the sound management of chemicals. The report is a comprehensive and practical publication that assembles scientific, technical and socio-economic information on the sound management of chemicals. Chemicals and Waste
Global Environment Outlook 6 GEO-6 builds on the findings of previous GEO reports, including the six regional assessments (2016), and outlines the current state of the environment, illustrates possible future environmental trends and analyses the effectiveness of policies. This flagship report shows how governments can put the world on the path to a truly sustainable future. It emphasizes that urgent and inclusive action is needed by decision makers at all levels to achieve a healthy planet with healthy people. Air Quality, Policy, Water, Biodiversity, Land Degredation
Global Waste Management Outlook Global perspective on why waste is a concern, why its important politcally, and current global status. Chemicals and Waste, Waste management
Healthy Environment, Healthy People This report summarizes for Governments, policy makers and stakeholders the evidence of the linkages between environmental quality and human health and wellbeing,a but also points to the broader drivers of these linkages, including inequality, unplanned urbanization, migration, unhealthy and wasteful lifestyles, and unsustainable consumption and production patterns. Air, Water, Land, Chemicals, Waste health, disease, chemical, exposure, air pollution, sanitation, economy, waste
Legal Limits on Single-Use Plastics and Microplastics: A Global Review of National Laws and Regulations This report provides a global overview on the progress of countries in passing laws and regulations that limit the manufacture, import, sale, use and disposal of selected single-use plastics and microplastics which have a great impact in the production of marine litter. Single-use Plastics, Policy, Microplastics national law, industry, labelling, recycling, import, tax, waste
Middle East and North Africa Air Quality Regional Report Regional overview of the actions taken by governments to promote better air quality. Air Pollution, Air Quality air quality, transport, emission, air pollution, waste, national law, air quality standard, emission standard
North America Air Quality Regional Report Regional overview of the actions taken by governments to promote better air quality. Air Pollution, Air Quality air quality, air pollution, transport, national law, air quality standard, waste, energy efficiency
North, South and West Europe Air Quality Regional Report Regional overview of the actions taken by governments to promote better air quality. Air Pollution, Air Quality air quality, transport, national law, emission, air pollution, waste, energy efficiency
The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment 2019 Progress Report The New Plastics Economy is a global initiative with the ambition to set the economy on an irreversible path towards a world where plastics never become waste, starting with packaging. Single-use Plastics, Sustainable consumption and production labelling, recycling, private sector, waste
The Sustainable Development Goals 2019 Factsheet style report with all of the SDGs. SDGs Poverty, reporting, sustainable development, economy, health, financial mechanism, capacity building, disaster, climate change, conservation
Towards a Pollution-Free Planet Background Report This report describes the pollution challenge, explores what is already being done to address pollution, and proposes 50 focused and actionable interventions to address pollution in all its forms. The report is a call to act towards a pollution-free planet. Air, Land, Water, Chemicals, Waste pollution, health, chemical, economy, waste, exposure, air pollution, pesticide
Waste Management Outlook for Latin America and the Caribbean This report presents the kind of transition necessary for waste management towards a system based on resource management, followed by a series of recommendations. Waste waste, waste management, waste collection,

Toolkits & Guidance Documents

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ChemObsAfrica Guidance Page A resource developed to assist in estimating the economic cost of inaction, risk and vunerability for chemicals using calculators. Chemicals and Waste chemical, vulnerability, economy, environmental management
Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management The Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management strives to achieve the ultimate goal of zero harm to people and the environment with zero tolerance for human fatality. Comprising six Topic areas, 15 Principles and 77 auditable Requirements, the Standard will ultimately be supported by implementation protocols that will provide detailed guidance for certification, or assurance as applicable, and for equivalence with other standards. Chemicals, Waste mining, industry, financial mechanism, management, best practice, waste, reporting, storage
Guidance on chemicals control contributing to national progress and safety To assist governments towards establishing or improving their chemicals control, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) has developed a publica­tion series on chemicals control. Chemicals Policy chemical, safety, fund, national law, waste, governance, private sector
Guidelines for Framework Legislation for Integrated Waste Management The purpose of these Guidelines is to support countries with clear advice for their efforts to introduce or enhance their waste management legislation. The principles these the Guidelines are based on consider ways that waste can be diverted from release into the environment while providing for economic development that enhances social development to reinforce good environmental management within a supportive governance framework. Chemicals and Waste, Waste management waste, waste management, recycling, economy, national law, conservation, hazardous waste, pollution
Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies This document sets out not only how a strategy should be developed, but also how it can be implemented and monitored, as well as reviewed and updated as needed. Waste
Marine Litter Legislation: A toolkit for policymakers The following recommendations build upon the laws and policies reviewed in this Toolkit and address approaches States can take to reduce and minimize marine litter. Marine Plastics and Microplastics, Protection of the marine Environment
Model Law and Guidance for Regulating Lead Paint UNEP has developed a model law and guidance in order to assist countries in establishing and implementing regulation on lead paint Lead, paint, and batteries industry, exposure, health, national law, import, chemical
National Guidance for Plastic Pollution Hotspotting and  Shaping Action National Guidance for Plastic Pollution Hotspotting and  Shaping Action: Introduction to the methodology The Guidance aims to provide a publicly available and harmonised methodological framework to facilitate the prioritisation of solutions. Stakeholders at national, sub-national and local levels will be equipped with a prioritisation tool to identify key hotspots and drive sound actions to “close the plastic tap”. It will allow consistent national and sub-national baselines on marine plastics and plastic waste to be developed, for the monitoring and evaluation of interventions. Waste management, microplastics, single-use plastics pollution, waste management, waste, registration, reporting, recycling, labelling, economy
SCP HotSpot Analysis Provides NGO and policy makers country profiles that give information about materials use, GHG emissions, air pollution, and land use, and identify areas where political action is needed Air Pollution, Sustainable consumption and Production sustainable use, policy makers
Standardized Toolkit for Identification and Quantification of Dioxin and Furan Releases This Toolkit is a methodology to help countries just developing their inventories to estimate releases of PCDD/PCDF and also leads them through the process of how to enhance and refine these inventories. Chemicals and Waste exposure, emission, waste, inventory, land, effluent waste, industry, chemical, biomass
Toolkit for establishing laws to eliminate lead paint This toolkit was developed by a group of partners of the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (Lead Paint Alliance), including industry, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations and government representatives to assist in the establishment of laws to eliminate lead paint. Lead, paint, and batteries health, exposure, prevention, industry, poisoning, disease, hazardous substance
UNEP Guidance on the Development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures and Measures for Recovering Costs of National Administration for Sound Management of Chemicals The LIRA guidance aims to provide practical support to policy makers for strengthening national legislation and institutional set-ups for achieving sound management of chemicals. It includes proposals for measures for financing necessary administration activities in this regard. Chemicals, Policy chemical, management, national law, labelling, industry, health
UNEP Guidelines for Conducting Integrated Environmental Assessment This platform is designed for: Governments, practitioners and other stakeholders that are conducting or involved with integrated environmental assessments; Students and educators that are learning about environmental assessment. The "IEA-General" link contains an eight-volume basic training course on integrated environmental assessment (including PDF, PowerPoint). Environment and health, policy, aire, water, waste, chemicals capacity building, climate change, health, management, reporting, evaluation, science

Knowledge Platforms & Campaigns

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Beat Pollution Website Pollution hub for UNEP work related to pollution. Air, Water, Land, Chemicals, Waste pollution, health, disease, food, management, implementation, chemical, waste, economy, land
BreatheLife2030 A global campaign for clean air, with support of the WHO, CCAC, UNEP, and the World Bank. Air health, air quality, air pollution
CCAC Resource Library Collection of resources related to climate and clean air. Air Pollution, Air Quality reporting, science, financial mechanism, governance, health, agriculture, energy, air quality
eChemPortal eChemPortal provides free public access to information on properties of chemicals on Physical Chemical Properties, Ecotoxicity, Toxicity, Environmental Fate and Behaviour, Classification and labelling and Exposure and use. eChemPortal also allows simultaneous searching of reports and datasets by chemical name and number, by chemical property, and by GHS classification. Direct links to collections of chemical hazard and risk information prepared for government chemical review programmes at national, regional and international levels are obtained. Classification results according to national/regional hazard classification schemes or to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) are provided when available. In addition, eChemPortal provides also exposure and use information on chemicals. Chemicals
Global Environmental Goals (GEGs) Live Tracker Provides up-to-date information on the progress towards achieving these GEGs. In addition, it puts the information into the context of the currently elaborated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The variables and data are mainly drawn from UNEP's Environmental Data Explorer. Air, Water, Land, Chemicals, Waste disaster, export, import, trade, biomass, economy, industry, conventional energy, agriculture, air pollution
Green Growth Knowledge Platform Green growth is the pursuit of economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner This platform provides guidance documents and assessments for various sectors which can assist policy makers, leaders and governments in deveoping green growth. Environment and health, sustainable consumption and production green economy, financial mechanism, energy, resource accounting, economy, infrastructure, climate change, agriculture, waste, health
InforMEA InforMEA provides easy access to information on MEAs. You can consult treaty texts and provisions of decisions and resolutions adopted by the Governing Bodies of MEAs. You may browse Party information including contacts, national reports and national plans submitted under MEAs. Feel free to learn of terms and concepts as defined in the context of MEAs and consider taking one of over 20 free online courses introducing MEAs. Don’t forget to use the explorer field to search across all this information and further filter and refine results. Multilateral Environmental Agreements waste, agriculture, land, chemical, conservation, governance
SAICM Knowledge Platform Here you can learn about emerging policy issues through resources, reading news articles, finding out about events around the globe, and networking with other people working on the safe management of chemicals and waste. Chemicals chemical, health, waste, management
UNEP Environmental Data Explorer The authoritative source for data sets used by UNEP and its partners in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report and other integrated environment assessments. Statistics capacity building, reporting, monitoring