Dr. Maarten Kappelle
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Dr. Maarten Kappelle
Topic: International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4)
Dr. Maarten Kappelle, a citizen of The Netherlands, received his MSc in biology in 1988 and PhD in ecology in 1995 from the University of Amsterdam. Since August 2014 he works at UNEP as Subprogramme ...
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Posted on 01/10/2015 20:27:22
Dr. Kappelle,
I just begun reading around hazardous waste particularly here in the US. However being a social scientist in the works, I wanted to know current issues related to hazardous waste with social underlinings to it.
Thank you
Edwina Kofi-Opata (from United States of America)
Dear Edwina,

The social dimension of hazardous waste is huge. Hazardous waste is affecting the health of children, women and men, and consequently is affecting lives, jobs, and production, while leading to poverty, low levels of education and so forth. The post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in New York last week provide a new approach to address these issues in a coherent and comprehensive manner. In particular, I would like to suggest you take a look at SDG 3 on good health and wellbeing, SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, and SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities. For instance, SDG Target 3.9 aims to substantially reduce, by 2030, the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination. These and other SDGs and targets clearly highlight the cross-cutting, social issues that relate to the negative impact of hazardous waste and harmful chemicals on societies. Now that the world has embraced these new, inspiring goals, the global people we are have a magnificent chance to address these issues coherently and successfully, once and for all.

Kind regards,
Maarten Kappelle, UNEP

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