UNEA - Second United Nations Environment Assembly:: Reports
Advancing sustainable chemistry in a sustainable development context: Opportunities for global, regional and national chemicals
Date of event: 
23 May
Event Time: 
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Venue: Conference Room 9


Theme: Chemicals and Sustainable Development


Organizer: Government of Germany, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, UNEP DTIE, Chemicals Branch



  • Government of Germany (co-sponsor)
  • Government of Ghana (co-sponsor)
  • UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch of DTIE (co-sponsor)
  • BRS Secretariat (co-sponsor)


The concept of sustainable chemistry has recently gained international momentum, given its potential to contribute to future chemicals management and catalyze transformative change in the chemical industry. Sustainable Chemistry covers all three dimension of sustainable development, i.e. economic, social and environmental considerations. It is therefore compatible with and fully relevant to the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Specific objectives of the event include the following:

  • Discuss the sustainable chemistry concept and related opportunities from developing countries’ perspectives;
  • Examine the potential of sustainable chemistry in a SAICM beyond-2020 and 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda context; and
  • Provide an update on recent international developments and discussions related to sustainable chemistry and the chemicals and waste dimensions of the SDGs;
  • Showcase specific initiatives to advance sustainable chemistry, including related policy analysis and technical support;

The side event on sustainable development provides an opportunity to take stock of international discussions concerning sustainable chemistry, with a particular focus on the needs and perspectives of developing countries. The event also provides an opportunity to share information on important sustainable chemistry initiatives, such as the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborating Centre supported by the German Government, as well as other relevant initiatives.