The second edition of the Global Chemicals Outlook
The Global Chemicals Outlook II – From Legacies to Innovative Solutions: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, mandated by the UN Environment Assembly in 2016, seeks to alert policymakers and other stakeholders to the critical role of the sound management of chemicals and waste in sustainable development. It takes stock of global trends as well as progress made and gaps in achieving the global goal to minimize the adverse impacts from chemicals and waste by 2020.
The full Global Chemicals Outlook II was launched electronically on 29 April 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, at a side event at the meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. The Synthesis Report was launched on 11 March 2019 at the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly. A shorter Summary for Policymakers was tabled as working document of the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly and is available in all six UN languages.
The Global Chemicals Outlook II finds that the global goal to minimize adverse impacts of chemicals and waste will not be achieved by 2020. Solutions exist, but more ambitious worldwide action by all stakeholders is urgently required.
The Global Chemicals Outlook II consists of the following parts:
- Introduction and key messages for policymakers
- Part I: The evolving chemicals economy: status and trends relevant for sustainability
- Part II: Where do we stand in achieving the 2020 goal – assessing overall progress and gaps
- Part III. Advancing and Sharing Chemicals Management Tools and Approaches: Taking Stock, Looking into the Future
- Part IV: Enabling policies and action to support innovative solutions
- Part V: Scaling up collaborative action under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Process and mandate for the Global Chemicals Outlook II
The Global Chemicals Outlook II has been prepared over the past three years through a process involving more than 400 scientists and experts around the world under the guidance of the Steering Committee of the Global Chemicals Outlook II with participation from all regions and a wide range of stakeholders. The report has been developed in response to Governing Council decision 27/12, adopted in 2013, and United Nations Environment Assembly resolution 2/7, adopted in 2016.
Press Articles on the Global Chemicals Outlook II
China: UNEP calls for urgent action to tackle chemical pollution – Xinhua News Agency, 11.03.2019
Urgent action is needed to tackle global chemical pollution as countries are yet to meet the internationally agreed goal to minimize the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste by 2020, said a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report released on Monday. Read more >>
Spain: Presentan en Nairobi un informe sobre químicos clave para reducir su impacto - Agencia EFE Verde, 11.03.2019
El uso de productos químicos se ha duplicado en los últimos años y seguirá en aumento, siendo Asia y África los más afectados por una industria que genera anualmente 5 billones de dólares de beneficios pero que serían incalculables si se actúa para minimizar su impacto, señalaron este lunes expertos en Kenia. Read more>>
United Kingdom: Surge in chemical use ‘a threat to health and environment’ – The Guardian, 12.03.2019
Sales of synthetic chemicals will double over the next 12 years with alarming implications for health and the environment, according to a global study that highlights government failures to rein in the industry behind plastics, pesticides and cosmetics. Read more>>
United Kingdom: Global goal for chemicals won’t be achieved, says UN report – Chemical Watch, 12.03.2019
The global goal to minimise adverse impacts of chemicals and waste will not be achieved by 2020, according to a major UN report. The 2020 goal was set out in 2006 under the UN’s global non-binding chemicals programme, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Read more>>
France: UN calls for waste clampdown at key summit – RFI Africa, 13.03.2019
The United Nations has urged world leaders meeting in Nairobi for the body's fourth environment assembly to take concrete action to curb food and plastic waste, amid damning reports highlighting the world's reckless consumption. Read more>>
Kenya: World must quickly act decisively on pollution - Daily Nation, 13.03.2019
Environmental threats posed by chemical products require a collective global campaign, especially by the industrialised North. It is emerging that the production of chemicals is growing fast and, unless checked, will double in the next decade and create worse challenges. Read more>>
Australia: Urgent action required to tackle chemical pollution - eWater Systems, 18.03.2019
Countries will not meet the internationally agreed goal to minimize the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste by 2020, meaning that urgent action is required to reduce further damage to human health and economies, according to a UN report released earlier this month. Read more>>
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The first edition of the Global Chemicals Outlook
The Global Chemicals Outlook: Towards Sound Management of Chemicals was published in February 2013 and assembled scientific, technical and socio-economic information on the sound management of chemicals.
It covered trends and indicators for chemical production, transport, use and disposal, and associated health and environmental impacts; economic implications of these trends, including costs of inaction and benefits of action; and instruments and approaches for sound management of chemicals. Decision 27/12, adopted by the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme in 2013, recognized the significance of the findings of the Global Chemicals Outlook. Synthesis Report for Decision-Makers