The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development Goals

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

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2015. The SDGs aim to meet the dual challenge of overcoming poverty and protecting the planet. They highlight a comprehensive vision of sustainable development that embraces economic, social and environmental dimensions.

Sound management of chemicals and waste is a specific target under SDG 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production. Chemicals, waste and air quality are also referred to under SDG 3 on Good Health and Well-being, SDG 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG14 on Life Below Water.

Given that chemicals and waste affects all aspects of development, the sound management of chemicals and waste is relevant and support the implementation of many other, if not all SDGs.

SAICM and SDG 12: Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns

The global chemical sector is a major economic factor, and a key enabler for achieving sustainable development. Chemicals and waste in the context of SDG 12 on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns is about ensuring healthy lives and a healthy planet well into the future.

Sustainable Consumption and Production requires a systematic approach throughout the life cycle of chemicals and cooperation across actors and sectors throughout the supply chain, from producers to final consumers. Target 12.4 in particular is set for achievement by 2020, which is aligned with the overall SAICM objective.

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