2nd Regional Session of the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum (UN-SPBF) for Asia and the Pacific Region
This one day meeting, bringing over 150 private sector leaders together with government and civil society, saw lively exchanges on how to advance a green structural transformation in a way that leaves no nation behind. Topics included financing for green infrastructure, coherent policies, circular economy opportunities and digital infrastructure.
The Forum brought together diverse countries with unique environmental challenges, fostering a spirit of collaboration to address the crises in the region.
During this event, chemicals industry representatives shared their perspectives on chemicals management as well as their ambitions for 2030; however, with global production capacity set to increase, there is pressure on the industry to rise to higher standards.
Panelists focused on recent research on lead, cadmium, asbestos, and nitrogen dioxide (NO2)—just five out of the thousands of chemicals with tremendous health, economic, and environmental impacts.
The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) fifth Investor Forum aimed to promote sustainable chemistry, inviting 18 startup companies from around the world to showcase their innovative work contributing to sustainability and circular economy and to link with potential investors.
This UN Major Group for Children and Youth-convened side event aimed to engage youth in the design, implementation, monitoring, follow-up, and review of chemicals and waste policies at all levels.
Leveraging Sustainable Chemistry and Circular Economy for Global Environmental Resilience: Addressing the Impacts of Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining (ASGM) in the Amazon
Panelists shared strategies for tackling the environmental impacts and health risks of using mercury in artisanal and small-scale mining while acknowledging the challenge of supporting the 20 million people worldwide earning a living from ASM.
World Health Organization (WHO) Chemicals Roadmap: Poisons Centers Saving Lives and Health Sector Costs
Policymakers and experts shared the myriad of issues facing poison centers around the world while emphasizing their critical role in toxicovigilance and the anticipated framework for managing chemicals and wastes.