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Global Chemicals Outlook II - Foundation & Thematic Review Papers

30 June 2020

The Global Chemicals Outlook II – From Legacies to Innovative Solutions: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 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.

The full report 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. For more information about the report click here>>.

Various institutions and organizations contributed to the GCO-II in varying capacities, including through the development of foundational/thematic review papers and provision of in-kind logistical support. In total, 25 lead authors (incl. regional experts) from all regions were identified and contributed to the drafting of the GCO-II. The Foundation papers were prepared by lead authors covering topics identified as particularly important. State-of-the-art research and thorough literature reviews, including preparation of annotated bibliographies, were undertaken on each of the identified topics. Following the analysis, key findings and options for action were drawn from the analysis. Key insights from these foundational and thematic review papers fed into the preparation of respective chapters featured in the GCO-II.