The Forum will focus on the contributions of the health, food, and labor sectors, and on the need for scientific, technical, social, economic, and financial innovations to overcome the pollution crisis and achieve just transition
Exposure to pollutants is a global problem that affects many aspects of human life, including health and safety at work, and has a significant impact on the environment. Although some progress has been made in the sustainable management of chemicals and waste, including through international efforts such as the voluntary Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), unsustainable practices are still widespread and persistent.
To further address these concerns, the Second Berlin Forum on Chemicals and Sustainability considered the theme “Just Transition Towards a Pollution-free Planet.” The Forum focused on the contributions of the health, food, and labor sectors, and on the need for scientific, technical, social, economic, and financial innovations to overcome the pollution crisis and achieve just transition. It addressed four main topics: human health and the environment; food security; labor and occupational health; and innovation for just transition.
Recognizing that insufficient progress has been made on sustainable chemicals and waste management, the Forum aimed to help raise and ensure a high level of ambition of the SAICM Beyond 2020 agreement and the outcomes of the 5th International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5), which is expected to adopt the Beyond 2020 framework. The Forum supported preparations for ICCM5, scheduled for 25-29 September 2023 in Bonn, Germany, as well as the final negotiations of the new instrument.
The Forum also sought to continue to build a common understanding of the key international issues and priorities regarding chemicals and waste management, as well as to provide high-level political guidance and momentum to address relevant issues and priorities.
The Second Berlin Forum on Chemicals and Sustainability took place virtually from 4-5 September 2023. It was organized by the German Federal Ministry for the Nature, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection (BMU).
The Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) writers for this meeting were Tomilola Akanle Eni-ibukun, Ph.D.; Kate Helfenstein; and Olivia Pasini. The Digital Editor was Kiara Worth, Ph.D. The Editor was Leila Mead.
Funding for ENB coverage of this meeting has been provided by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection of Germany (BMUV).
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