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These cross-cutting topics are being explored through our work to advance and interconnect knowledge on the sound management of chemicals

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a great potential of improving the scientific and technical aspects of the chemical identification and replacement process, as well as the social...

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  • Awareness-raising


    Awareness-raising is key to change people behaviours because it pictures chemicals of concern as highly visible issues.  When stakeholders are aware of the effects caused by...

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  • Chemicals in building products

    Chemicals in building products

    Building products are a highly variable product group encompassing a diverse range of materials in different applications, such as steel, concrete or wood but also plastic and polymer materials in...

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  • Chemicals in electronics

    Chemicals in electronics

    Electronic and electrical products contain a number of hazardous substances, including lead, mercury and other metals, flame retardants and certain phthalates. These hazardous substances can impact...

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  • Chemicals in textiles

    Chemicals in textiles

    The textile industry is one of the largest industries in the world with an estimated value of US$ 1.3 trillion that employs more than 300 million people along the global value chain. It is a...

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  • Chemicals in toys

    Chemicals in toys

    Like many other consumer products, toys can be composed of a diverse range of different materials, such as plastics, textiles or metals. As with many other consumer products, the chemical...

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  • Circularity


    Circularity challenges the current economic model towards a sustainable future.

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  • Community of practice

    Community of practice

    Mapping the global landscape of HHPs workA community of practice consists of a social learning method through a group of people with similar interests willing to regularly work together towards specific objectives such as reports,  policy briefs, case studies, pilots useful for people outside the community.

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  • E-waste


    Electrical and electronic equipment when becoming waste (e-waste) such as personal computers, printers, televisions, mobile phones, refrigerators and air-conditioning units is one of the fastest...

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  • Eco-innovation


    Eco-innovation is the development and application of a business model, shaped by a new business strategy that incorporates sustainability throughout all business operations based on life cycle...

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  • Gender mainstreaming

    Gender mainstreaming

    Gender mainstreaming supports both men's and women's equal contributions through policies and programs that address their specific needs.

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  • Life Cycle

    Life Cycle

    Life Cycle Thinking (LCT) is about going beyond the traditional focus on production site and manufacturing processes to include environmental, social and economic impacts of a product over its...

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  • Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

    Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

    Persistent organic pollutants (POPs), sometimes known as "forever chemicals" are organic compounds that are resistant to environmental degradation through chemical, biological, and photolytic...

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  • Policymaking


    Around the world, in order to protect health and the environment, countries need to set in place and enforce effective national legislation, regulations and/or standards regarding chemicals of concern. The documents on this page are intended to help governments and industries create laws or adopt standards to limit the production, import, sale, and use of chemicals of concern.

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  • Sustainable Development Goals

    Sustainable Development Goals

    Chemicals and waste management: essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

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  • Sustainable Public Procurement

    Sustainable Public Procurement

    Governments spend between 12 and 30 per cent of their GDP buying goods, services and infrastructure. IISD helps policy makers and public procurers realize value-for-money across the life cycle of an asset to benefit industrial competitiveness, innovation and technology transfer.

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