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UNEP - WHO Press Conference: Wednesday, 5 September 2012 at 11:30 AM

The unsustainable management of chemicals worldwide is causing growing risks to human health and the environment. These risks are compounded by the steady shift in the production, use and disposal of chemical products from developed countries to emerging and developing economies, where safeguards and regulations are often weaker.

A new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) entitled, Global Chemicals Outlook, highlights the major economic burdens caused by chemical hazards, particularly in developing countries.

The release of the report follows the renewed commitments by countries at the Rio+20 summit in June to prevent the illegal dumping of toxic wastes, develop safer alternatives to hazardous chemicals in products, and increase the recycling of waste, among other measures.

The report maps out the most effective approaches for decision-makers to deliver on these commitments.

  • Date: Wednesday, 5 September 2012, 11:30 am
  • Venue: UN Press Centre, UN Complex, Gigiri,
  • Speakers:    

    • Mounkaila Goumandakoye, Director, UNEP Regional Office for Africa
    • Professor Geoffrey Wahungu, Director General, NEMA
    • Wilfred Ndegwa, World Health Organization
    • Ludgarde Coppens, UNEP Division of Early Warning and Assessment

A bus for journalists will leave Chester house at 10:00 am

For more information, please contact: 

Waiganjo Njoroge, UNEP News Desk on Tel. +254 (0) 723 857 270 or  +254 (0) 20 762 5261, and Email : unepnewsdesk@unep.org