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.



Key values and vision for the Post-2020 Framework

At the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, held in 2012, the international community launched an intergovernmental process for the elaboration of a new set of Sustainable Development Goals that would, inter alia, build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000, with the difference of having a more global character. The resulting 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was adopted by more than 150 states at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in 2015 in New York.


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