A recent study transmitted to the UN Human Rights Council focuses on the role of pesticides within sustainable food systems as a goal derived from the SDGs. The report entitled “Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food Contents” (document A/HRC/34/48) has been written by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and waste. In this report, a clearer account is provided of global pesticide use in agriculture and its impact on human rights including the negative consequences that pesticide practices have had on human health, the environment and society.
In the next issue of “Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy”, a group of authors from the Umweltbundesamt, the German Öko-Institut, CSR Netherlands and other institutions discusses fundamental questions of sustainable chemistry. The publication entitled “The concept of sustainable chemistry: Key drivers for the transition towards sustainable development” is already available.
The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a unique platform worldwide for chemical safety. Industrialized, emerging and developing countries, international organizations, industry, civil society and research are working together to achieve the target set at the World Summit in Johannesburg: By the year 2020, chemicals will be produced and used in ways that avoid or at least minimize significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment. In Newsletter No 3, we already documented a policy paper designated to link SAICM and the sustainable chemistry approach. (There had been a wrong citation – the version has been corrected.) At an Informal Lunch Discussion at February, 7, Jutta Emig (German Federal Ministry for Environment) introduced Challenges and opportunities for sustainable chemistry to sustainable development Read more about the results of the meeting…
Results from the ISC3 project: The link between sustainable chemistry and sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle, with a view beyond 2020 and for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Summary)
This study focuses on the question of how approaches for the management of chemicals throughout their life cycle can be aligned and enhanced with Sustainable Chemistry methods and ideas. The study comprises descriptions and definitions of Sustainable Chemistry and Chemicals Management, based on important selected references. Interfaces between sustainable chemistry approaches and those of sound management of chemicals and waste, or the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs, are analysed.
Results from the ISC3 project: Identification of Priority Topics in the Field of Sustainable Chemistry (Summary)
The study “Identification of Priority Topics in the Field of Sustainable Chemistry” focuses on innovations in some of the important areas of production and application of chemicals. Rather than trying to assess sustainability of the huge amount of process and product innovations in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, developments have been identified that have the potential to solve or mitigate grand societal challenges such as health, food security, secure, clean and efficient energy, secure supply of clean water, climate change etc.