About chemicals and pollution action

UN Environment and its partners work towards the goal of the World Summit on Sustainable Development: to minimize the adverse effects of chemicals on human health and the environment.

To this end, we work closely with governments, industry, and civil society organizations around the world to develop mainstream solutions for the sound management of chemicals and waste.

Chemicals and waste are integral to almost all sectors of society, bringing important benefits in areas from medicine and agriculture to consumer goods, clean technologies and poverty alleviation. While chemicals and waste are major contributors to world economies, their sound management is essential to avoiding risks to human health and ecosystems and substantial costs to national economies.

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