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UNEP is a primary driving force in the UN system for international activities related to the sound management of chemicals. The aim is to promote chemical safety and provide countries with access to information on toxic chemicals. UNEP promotes chemical safety by providing policy advice, technical guidance and capacity building to developing countries and those with economies in transition, including activities on chemicals related to the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). 

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At the Conference of Plenipotentiaries held from 9 to 11 October 2013 in Minamata and Kumamoto, Japan, the “Minamata Convention on Mercury” was formally adopted and opened for signature by States and regional economic integration organizations.

Click here to visit the new Minamata Convention on Mercury website


Follow up on Lead (Pb) and Cadmium (Cd) Activities after UNEP 27th Governing Council Decision  (February 2013): 

 * The International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3) has resulted in renewed commitment to emerging policy issues, including lead in paint. The 27th Governing Council also emphasized the need to continue and enhance activities to address challenges posed by lead and cadmium. Read more about the decision here. For further details please contact lead-cadmium.chemicals@unep.org 

NEW!    *Request for submission on available information in relation to paragraph 4 of UNEP Governing Council Decision 27/12 Section II. Lead and Cadmium on techniques for emissions abatement and on the possibility of replacing lead and cadmium with less hazardous substances or techniques, not later than 31 May 2014. Read more

* Information of becoming a contributor to the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP). Read more

 

UNEP Making a Difference - Narrative by Per Bakken, Head, UNEP Chemicals Branch.

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