SAICM ICCM5: Global Framework on Chemicals
The Fifth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) convened in Bonn, Germany from 21-25 September, 2023. IPENers from all over the world actively participated in the regional meetings, intersessional process, and the ICCM. The meetings resulted in the adoption of a new ‘Global Framework on Chemicals – For a planet free of harm from chemicals and waste’, the Bonn Declaration, and conference resolutions. The new Global Framework on Chemicals outlines a roadmap for countries and stakeholders to collaboratively address the lifecycle of chemicals, including products and waste. It also calls for preventing the illegal trade and trafficking of chemicals and waste, implementing legal frameworks, phasing out highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) in agriculture by 2035 and global framework fund. A new Gender resolution was adopted in the conference.
Nepal won the future policy award at the SAICM ICCM5 for mercury free dentistry. CEPHED played a key role in phasing out mercury from the dental sector in Nepal.
- UN Environment Assembly (UNEA6)
26 February – 1 March 2024
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
- Plastics Treaty INC-4
21 – 30 April 2024
Location: Ottawa, Canada
- Science-Policy Panel Open Ended Working Group
07 – 24 June
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
23 – 27 September
Location: Rome, Italy
- Plastics Treaty INC-5
29 October – 01 November
Location: South Korea
Sri Lanka: X-Press Pearl: A 'New kind of oil spill'
Bangladesh: Bangladesh: COVID-19 Chemicals and Waste
India: COVID-19 Industry Rollbacks
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Both the environment in Africa and the Arabic region and the human health of Africans and people from Arabic countries suffer from toxic chemicals and imported wastes, including illegal wastes, more than in developed countries.
This study shows that toxic chemicals are present in toys, kitchen utensils, and other consumer products purchased from African and Arabic region markets in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Syria, Tanzania, and Tunisia.
IPEN studies show how policy is driving massive investment in plastic waste-to-fuel processing, and that exports are threatening waste management in ASEAN countries and undermining the Basel Convention and climate change commitments.
IPEN published a number of studies showing significant obstacles for countries seeking to implement safe plastic circular economies. The studies reveal that countries are unable to handle large volumes of diverse plastics waste streams safely, and the reality that, without regulations requiring plastic ingredients to be labeled, countries are blindly allowing known toxic chemicals onto their markets in plastic products.
Preproduction plastics as pellets, or "nurdles", can carry many different chemicals, both those added to the plastics and pollutants that attach (sorb) to them in the environment. Often lost during production, transportation, and storage, pellets have been found on beaches all over the world since the 1970s. This study of plastic pellets gathered from beaches in 23 different countries contained many chemicals of concern, some in very high concentrations.
Because almost all plastics contain toxic chemicals, recycling processes can perserve and can even generate toxic chemicals, such as dioxins. In this study, pellets made from recycled HDPE, intended for use in new products, were purchased from 24 recyclers in 23 countries and analyzed for 18 substances. The large number of toxic chemicals in many of the samples highlights the need to rethink recycling to ensure it does not perpetuate harms..
This summary of our two plastic pellets reports encapsulate the broad issues related to toxic chemicals in plastics and the concerns with recycling processes that can perserve or generate toxic chemicals.
Plastic waste has become an unprecedented pollution issue, blanketing our planet in the petrochemical remnants of plastic production. This report examines current and emerging methods by which plastic waste is managed globally and questions whether any of them present a solution to the rapidly accelerating generation of plastic waste. In short, they don't and the only long-term answer is to produce less plastic.
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