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 seeks to alert policy-makers and other stakeholders to the critical role of the sound management of chemicals and waste in the context of sustainable development. It provides an analysis of critical trends, including the growth of chemical production and related trends in releases, concentrations, and impacts on human health and the environment. Forward-looking in nature, the Global Chemicals Outlook II provides a set of options for action for consideration by decision-makers.

The Global Chemicals Outlook II - Summary for Policymakers is available as advance working document for the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (word / pdf). It will be made available shortly in all UN languages. The Global Chemicals Outlook II - Synthesis Report and the full Global Chemicals Outlook II will be made available shortly.

Process and mandate for the Global Chemicals Outlook II

The Global Chemicals Outlook II has been prepared under the guidance of a Steering Committee, which provided oversight, strategic directions and guidance on all aspects of Global Chemicals Outlook II development, as well as technical inputs, where applicable. The Steering Committee was composed of representatives from governments, non-government organizations (including civil society, industry/private sector, and academia) and inter-governmental organizations with participation from all regions and a wide range of stakeholders.

The Global Chemicals Outlook II has been prepared in response to Governing Council decision 27/12,  adopted in 2013, which requested the Executive Director to continue work on the Global Chemicals Outlook, and United Nations Environment Assembly resolution 2/7,  adopted in 2016, which requested the Executive Director to submit an update of the first Global Chemicals Outlook, addressing inter alia the work carried out particularly in relation to lacking or inadequate data to assess progress towards the 2020 goal, the development of non-chemical alternatives, and the linkages between chemicals and waste, in coordination with the Global Waste Management Outlook, and providing scientific input and options for implementation of actions to reach relevant Sustainable Development Goals and targets up to and beyond 2020. Resolution 2/7 included a request to address the issues identified as emerging policy issues by the International Conference on Chemicals Management, as well as other issues where emerging evidence indicates a risk to human health and the environment.

The first edition of the Global Chemicals Outlook

The first edition of the Global Chemicals Outlook 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.