Chemicals and Waste
Chemicals are intrinsically linked to the development of countries, as is the production of waste. From technological advancements to other sectors such as healthcare and medicine, agriculture and food security, and eventually,goods that are directly consumed, chemicals and waste can be found throughout the life cycle of goods and services. The management of chemicals and waste needs to be considered to avoid risks to human health, surrounding ecosystems, and cost to national economies. We must focus even more now on how to solve our management of chemicals and waste, as the World Bank estimates that global annual waste production is expected to soar up to 3.4 billion tonnes over the next 30 years. When countries or regional integration organisations sign these treaties, they promise to abide by the rules and regulations set out in these treaties, whether by ratification, formal confirmation, or accession. These particular agreements address air, soil, and water pollution and human exposure (UNEP). The Chemicals and Health Branch under UNEP support parties in the implementation of their obligations under these conventions.
Relevant Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Several multilateral environmental agreements are in place to tackle the burgeoning issue of toxic chemicals, listed below: