Methodologies, Tools and Assessments


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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
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 Mercury Assessment The Technical Background Report to the Global Mercury Assessment 2018 was produced by an international team of experts convened through a collaboration between UN Environment and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP). World Health Organization experts contributed to sections dealing with mercury exposure in humans. Chemicals, Mercury mercury, emission, exposure, artisinal mining, health
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
Suggested Steps for Establishing a Lead Paint Law This fact sheet outlines steps which have been helpful in countries that have adopted laws on lead paint. Chemicals, lead chemical, exposure, national law, health, economy, industry
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
Update on the Global Status of Legal Limits on Lead in Paint September 2019 Global perspective on the status toward eliminating the use of lead in paint. Lead, paint, and batteries, Chemicals and Waste exposure, industry, national law, import, health
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,

Methodologies, Tools and 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
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
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
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
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