In May, 2016, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) adopted a resolution on the sound management of chemicals and waste. Thanks to an initiative by the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Ghana, the Secretariat of the Conventions and UNEP the concept of Sustainable Chemistry was introduced in the final resolution. Specifically, resolution 2/7 invited “countries, international organizations and other interested stakeholders, including the private sector, having relevant experience with the issue of sustainable chemistry to submit to the United Nations Environment Programme secretariat, by 30 June 2017, best practices, indicating how these may enhance the sound management of chemicals, inter alia through the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management and chemicals- and waste-related multilateral environmental agreements”.
As requested by UNEA Resolution 2/7, UNEP has to prepare a report on the opportunities of the Sustainable Chemistry Concept. As a basis for this report, UNEP now asks for best practices submitted by industry, science, and organisations, which are practicing sustainable chemistry. Moreover, stakeholders are encouraged to participate in a survey covering the identification of topics, which are covered by the sustainable chemistry concept. Submission is open since last week and will be closed at June 30.