UNEP Governing Council Decision 27/12 on chemicals and waste management, adopted at the First Universal Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum held in Nairobi from 18-22 February 2013, sets out a way forward in a number of important areas, including lead and cadmium. Through this decision, it was emphasized that further actions are needed to address the challenges posed by lead and cadmium. The decision requested UNEP to:
Para. 3. "[…] in coordination with Governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, as appropriate, to continue activities on lead and cadmium and to enhance them within the existing mandate of the United Nations Environment Programme, subject to the availability of extrabudgetary resources";
Para. 4. "[…] to compile information on techniques for emissions abatement and on the possibility of replacing lead and cadmium with less hazardous substances or techniques and make it available on the United Nations Environment Programme website for the use of all stakeholders, noting that, where appropriate, use should be made of existing mechanisms like the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management clearing-house mechanism when making information available;
In response to this decision, UNEP has invited Governments and other stakeholders to submit available information in relation to paragraph 4 of Decision 27/12 section II i.e. information 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. (The deadline was further extended to 30th September 2014).
In order to ensure an open, transparent and inclusive process, all information received by the UNEP Chemicals Branch will be made available below on an ongoing basis through this webpage. All the information submitted can be accessed, depending on whether the submitter was a Government, an Inter-Governmental Organization, a Non-Governmental Organization, or others as follows.