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The United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) was established in 1972. UNEP hosts a variety of environmental conventions and deals with environmental issues. As it says in the UNEP’s mandate, UNEP “acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator, and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment”. UNEP works to evaluate global, regional, and national environmental issues and trends. UNEP also works to ease the transfer of knowledge and technology for sustainable development and develops environmental facilities for international and national environmental management.
UNEP reports to the United Nations General Assembly as a special UN organ of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The General Assembly elects the UNEP Environment Assembly from the member states. The committee is made of 58 countries that has four years terms of office at a time. UNEP has regular meeting sessions in Nairobi and Kenya every year.
TOPIC: CHEMICAL AND WASTE MANAGEMENT
One of the UNEP’s main jobs is for “the sound management of chemicals”. There are over 100,000 different chemicals in use today, and these different functions are important in almost every industry around the world. However, these chemicals needed to serve our lives are contradicting while it is endangering human health and the environment when it is not managed properly. Chemicals can be used safely and helpfully, but the current issue is that the global community faces is the lack of scientific information, regarding to the safety of certain chemicals. While chemical industries have made progress to reduce their
environmental footprint, chemicals are still endangering to the overall health of
humans and the environment. Presently, the fear for the global community is the impact of chemical pollution. Illegal chemical waste will have a negative effect on the environment and humanity.
The main issue facing the global community is how to incorporate proper management methods of chemicals in order to promote a sustainable development agenda. The international community is concerned over whether the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) will be achieved by 2020 in order to build this agenda. It is a question that the UN address the issue of chemical and waste management because it extends to a fundamental right for humans and the world we live. The lack of sound management of these chemicals put people and the environment in danger. If the environment does not have a way to thrive sustainably, there will be a lack of access to clean water, food, and sanitation since people are at risk.:)