Global Chemicals Outlook II - Press Coverage

30 June 2020

Press Articles on the Global Chemicals Outlook II

The Synthesis Report of the Global Chemicals Outlook II (GCO-II) was launched on 11 March 2019 at the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly. It was accompanied by a press release and worldwide media coverage in more than 50 newspapers or journals. The full GCO-II was launched at a technical briefing in the margins of the third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the International Conference on Chemicals Management, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2-4 April 2019, with around 100 participants. The full GCO-II in final layout was presented at a side event at the Conferences of the Parties of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on 29 April 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information on the Global Chemicals Outlook, click here>>


Highlights from the press releases

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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