Methodologies, Tools and Assessments


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Can I Recycle This? A Global Mapping and Assessment of Standards, Labels and Claims on Plastic Packaging Mapping and assessment of standards, labels and claims on plastic packaging. Single-use Plastics, Sustainable consumption and production, Waste management labelling, reporting, recycling, sustainable use, sustainable development, private sector, pollution, economy, 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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

Global 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
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