Chemicals and Waste Governance Beyond 2020

Exploring Pathways for a Coherent Global Regime

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SAICM was established a decade ago as a voluntary approach to complement regulatory gaps to achieve sound management of chemicals by 2020. Despite significant actions taken since then, chemicals still pose a grave risk through the pollution of air, water, soil, and food.

In 2015, an international process was set in motion to design a new global framework for sound management of chemicals and wastes. The new framework will replace SAICM and it is envisaged to be adopted in 2020.

This report is the first attempt to analyse functions needed for effective chemicals and waste governance and to identify options for the institutional form in the post-2020 era. The report aims to increase understanding of reforms required to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes, in light of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.



Cross-cutting issues for the Post-2020 Framework

SAICM has, since the beginning, been recognised and has built upon the understanding that chemical safety is not merely an environmental concern but a cross-cutting sustainable development issue (Perrez 2006). The links between the management of chemicals and waste, and sustainable social and economic development, have been evident in the work accomplished under SAICM. The multisectoral and multi-stakeholder structure of SAICM has been an ideal platform for dealing with the chemicals-related aspects of the 2030 Agenda (SAICM 2016a).


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