Emerging issues

UN Environment Chemicals and Health Branch is leading UN Environment’s activities on chemicals and waste. The Branch is the main catalytic force in the UN system for concerted global action on the environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste. As such, its programme of work reflects global priorities identified by Governments and other stakeholders, including addressing Emerging Policy Issues. Read more

The Chemicals and Health Branch supports a range of projects, including: Lead paint, Chemicals in products, Environmental persistent pharmaceutical pollutants,Endocrine disrupting chemicals,Highly hazardous pesticides, Sustainable chemistry, and Lead and cadmium.

Chemicals Without Concern

Chemicals Without Concern is the new Knowledge Management Platform of SAICM, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, where you can learn about SAICM emerging policy issues through resources, reading news and opinion articles, being informed of events around the globe, and exchanging with other people working on the sound management of chemicals and waste.


Despite bans, most countries still have lead paint

21 - 27 October is International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week - a call to action for individuals, civil society organizations, industry and governments to work together to ban lead paint.


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Building sustainable, long-term capacity

The chemicals and health branch supports a range of projects focusing on the priority chemicals and actions. These projects include:


Emerging issues relevant reports and publications. Learn more

Contact us

UN Environment Chemicals and Health Branch
International Environment House
11-13 chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine (Geneva)
Email: chemicals@unep.org