Chemicals and Waste Governance Beyond 2020
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Chemicals and Waste Governance Beyond 2020

Exploring Pathways for a Coherent Global Regime

SAICM was established a decade ago as a voluntary approach to complement regulatory gaps to achieve sound management of chemicals by 2020. Despite significant actions taken since then, chemicals still pose a grave risk through the pollution of air, water, soil, and food.
In 2015, an international process was set in motion to design a new global framework for sound management of chemicals and wastes. The new framework will replace SAICM and it is envisaged to be adopted in 2020.
This report is the first attempt to analyse functions needed for effective chemicals and waste governance and to identify options for the institutional form in the post-2020 era. The report aims to increase understanding of reforms required to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals and wastes, in light of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

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Nordic Council of Ministers

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The aim of the present study is to enhance the knowledge base of policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders by providing innovative and value-added solutions with a Nordic angle to support more informed decision-making for the creation of an ambitious Post-2020 Framework for the sound management of chemicals and waste. The study discusses functions and forms for the new framework needed to set standards and mobilize actions to prevent or minimize the human and environmental health risks associated with the global spread and accumulation of hazardous chemicals and waste, in order to achieve sustainable development in light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The study is intended to provide early input to the intersessional process preparing for a continuation of the Strategic Approach and sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020.