Chemicals & Wastes

When used improperly or disposed of unsafely, chemicals pose significant risks for both the environment and human health. Toxic chemicals are found in all ecosystems on Earth, including Antarctica and the most remote seas, affecting biodiversity, agricultural production, water quality, and human health. Over 100 million man-made chemicals and chemical formulations are used in every sector of the industrial economy. Many chemicals, such as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and mercury, travel over large distances through air, water currents, and in migratory species. Some POPs can remain in the human body for more than 50 years. Mercury, an element, is infinitely persistent. While chemicals and waste are major contributors to world economies, their sound management is essential to avoiding risks to human health and ecosystems and substantial costs to national economies.

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4th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP-4)

The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury will convene online to address time-sensitive items to ensure that the Minimata Convention continues to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury…
Conference of the Parties (COP) 1 November 2021 - 5 November 2021

17th Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-17)

With seven chemicals on its unusually heavy agenda, the seventeenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-17) to the Rotterdam Convention convened virtually to review notifications of final regulatory action on these substances.
Event 20 September 2021 - 24 September 2021

Berlin Forum Press Conference

The Berlin Forum on Chemicals and Sustainability was preceded by a press conference launching the report on  Digital Children and Digital Dumpsites E-waste Exposure and Children’s Health.
Event 7 July 2021

Berlin Forum on Chemicals and Sustainability

At the virtual 2021 Berlin Forum on Chemicals and Sustainability participants considered the future structuring of global chemicals and waste management.
Event 7 July 2021 - 8 July 2021

60th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 60th meeting of the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a Work Program comprising 33 projects and three programs.
Event 14 June 2021 - 18 June 2021

59th Meeting of the GEF Council

The 59th Meeting of the GEF Council took place from 7-11 December 2020 as a virtual event, in line with continued health and safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Event 4 December 2020 - 12 December 2020