Increasing international cooperation on chemical management

Environmental NGOs, believe that chemicals policy should aim at preventing adverse effects on humans, maintaining biodiversity and keeping certain natural environments untouched from manmade substances. It is evident that the 'burden of proof' should be reversed, and industry should take more responsibility of the hazards posed from the substances they produce. At the same time, high quality of industry's work and transparency needs to be ensured. Harmonisation should always have the objective of a high level of environmental and health protection and given that, data and science should be mutually accepted and experiences should be shared.
This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.

With respect to the chemicals policy, an effort for better co-operation in this field has already started between the EU and the US, through the work carried out at OECD level, the EU-US Transatlantic Environment Conference on Chemicals, in May 1999, in Como - Italy and through the chemical industry's initiative to provide data and hazard assessments for 1000 HPV chemicals by 2004. Nevertheless, NGOs believe that all these are not sufficient for an effective chemicals management.

Type Classification:
E: Emanations of other strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth