Improving international chemicals and waste management beyond 2020

More than 100,000 different chemicals are manufactured, used, and disposed of worldwide. Many of them pose a risk to human health and the environment if not handled responsibly. Nevertheless, only a fraction of these substances is globally regulated. In order to improve the sound management of chemicals and waste, adelphi is working on options for reforming the international governance system on chemicals and waste, by discussing reform proposals with stakeholders in workshops and side events, thus introducing them to the international negotiation process. At the core of the reform discussions is the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). This voluntary platform brings together state and non-state actors to increase chemical safety globally and to promote sustainable chemicals management. adelphi supports the German presidency of the fifth International Conference of Chemicals Management (ICCM5) through scientifically founded analyses and the development of institutionally promising and politically realistic concepts for the SAICM reform. With this, adelphi is continuing the work that begun in 2015 in the predecessor project "Sustainability in international chemicals and waste management: Further development of SAICM beyond 2020".

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