Global Chemicals Outlook II

In the context of the 2030 sustainable agenda, the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA I) recognised the value of the Global Chemicals Outlook (GCO), and of sound chemical management in reaching the sustainable development goals. The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) states that by 2020, chemicals should be produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health. It was the goal of GCO I to be informative so as to illustrate both the economic interest and the necessity to invest in the sound management of chemicals. The second edition will focus on going beyond the 2020 SAICM goals and anticipate what a sustainable future for chemicals could be.

For now, the GCO II is at its consultative stages. The meeting will gather a multi-sectoral, regionally balanced group of experts from both the public and private sector, who will address in the most efficient way the next challenges that the chemical industry will have to face. The goal is to provide an extensive understanding of the chemical industry trends, propose pathways for innovation, then devise the economic and legal frameworks that will enable the chemical industry to be sustainable by 2030

The Global Chemicals Outlook report concluded a two year long process that brought together governments, industry, academics and civil society. This was to provide for the first time, a comprehensive environmental understanding and up to date assessment of the trends and changes affecting the production and use of chemicals, their health and environment effects, economic implications, and policy options throughout their life cycle.

This publication provides a stimulating and convincing set of scientifically based economic arguments which elevate chemicals management to the top of the international policy agenda as an essential condition for the achievement of sustainable development. Published in 2012, a few weeks before ICCM3, it is also a very strong policy document designed to support the SAICM process contributing to the revitalization of its partnership spirit.