Building upon the preliminary results, the final Global Chemicals Outlook report is intended to be an effective, practical and relevant publication for decision makers in assembling scientific, technical and socio-economic information on the sound management of chemicals in order to implement policy change to protect the environment and human health. It will provide an extensive basis for the future priorities and activities of UNEP in the area of harmful substances and a continued and coherent framework for assessing and setting priorities among chemicals issues including emerging ones that are identified as being of major concern.
Given the close links between health and environment impacts of chemicals, the Global Chemicals Outlook will integrate the great amount of information generated within the UNEP-WHO Health and Environment Linkages Initiative, as well as the networks created through this initiative, especially the health-and-environment strategic alliance established in the Libreville Declaration on Health and Environment in Africa in 2008, Libreville.
The Global Chemicals Outlook has also been developed in close collaboration with the well-known Global Environmental Outlook - a consultative, participatory, capacity building process for global environmental assessment and reporting on the state of the environment, trends and future outlooks – which the Global Chemicals Outlook is expected to become part of.
The Global Chemicals Outlook responds to UNEP’s call on the Global Green New Deal to revive the global economy by motivating government and businesses to significantly increase investment in the environment as an engine for economic recovery, sustainable growth, decent job creation and poverty reduction.
Moreover, produced in concert with the full range of stakeholders under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), the Preliminary Global Chemicals Outlook contributed in particular to the regular International Conference on chemicals Management (ICCM2) strategic policy and program development under SAICM and identify opportunities for the sector to contribute not only to economic development while fostering the creation of jobs and the protection of vulnerable groups, but also to the reversal of global ecosystems degradation.
The Global Chemicals Outlook process has run from January 2011 to December 2011. More information, documents and links will be available throughout 2012-2013.
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