Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste
Harmful substances and hazardous waste is one of UNEP’s six priority thematic areas of work, promoting international activities related to the sound management of chemicals, chemical safety and providing countries with access to information on toxic chemicals.
UNEP Chemicals Branch
UNEP Chemicals works to protect humans and the environment from adverse effects caused by chemicals throughout their lifecycle, and hazardous waste. It is the focal point of UNEP activities on chemicals issues and the main catalytic force in the UN system for concerted global action on the environmentallysound management of hazardous chemicals.
Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
SAICM is a policy framework to foster the sound management of chemicals. It supports the achievement of the goal agreed at the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development of ensuring that, by the year 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health.
Chemical Information Exchange Network
This a network that helps communication and collaboration among various stakeholders responsible for the environmentally sound management of chemicals, and a framework that helps access to and exchange of chemical information that supports national decision-making and the implementation of multi-lateral environmental agreements (MEAs).
Reducing Risk from Mercury
This site has information on UNEP’s Mercury Programme, which has been working to address mercury issues since 2003.
The Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA)
The GPA is designed to be a source of conceptual and practical guidance for national and/or regional authorities for devising and implementing sustained action to prevent, reduce, control or eliminate marine degradation from landbased activities.
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
POPs are chemical substances that persist in the environment, bio-accumulate through the food chain, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment.
Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE)
Ensuring environmentally-sound management of chemicals and reducing pollution, are, among other things, key objectives of UNEP DTIE.