International support for new chemicals framework
Today, Minister for Environment and Climate Isabella Lövin and Uruguay’s Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment Eneida de Léon co-chaired a meeting of the High Ambition Alliance on Chemicals and Waste, with representatives from a number of countries and organisations. Participants agreed on a joint statement to work together for a new, ambitious global framework for chemicals and waste to be adopted in 2020.
Only a few chemicals are currently regulated at global level, and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) expires in 2020. It is also clear that the Sustainable Development Goal for chemicals will not be achieved by 2020.
“Sweden wants to see an ambitious global framework that eliminates the most hazardous chemicals. It is also important that we receive better information about chemicals in products. My ambition is for an alliance of countries to take the lead to advance global negotiations,” says Ms Lövin.
The High Ambition Alliance was launched by Sweden and Uruguay in July 2018 to advance global efforts to reduce the risks to health and the environment. Today’s meeting took place at the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in Nairobi, Kenya.