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OWG-7 Side Event - Sustainable Development Goals "From WSSD 2002 to SDG's/Post 2015 SDG: sound chemicals management and environmental health"

08.01.2014 | Conference room A, United Nations, New York


OWG-7 Side Event - Sustainable Development Goals "From WSSD 2002 to SDG's/Post 2015 SDG: sound chemicals management and environmental health"

Wednesday, 8 January 2014
6:15 7:30 PM
Conference room A, United Nations, New York

How SDGs should strengthen chemicals regulation - Eliminating the health impacts of harmful chemicals as a determinant of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

The PDF with the invitation can be downloaded here

Side Event organised by WECF/WICF in cooperation with SustainLabour, IPEN and the Women's Major Group



The latest studies by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that 60% of global disease burden is due to Non Communicable Diseases, and it is estimated that a large share of these are due to environmental factors, including unsound management of chemicals. NCDs such as breast cancer where the environmental determinants are increasingly recognized are strongly on the increase, in particular in Africa. The Millennium Development Goals did not address NCDs nor their chemical determinants. Head of states agreed at the WSSD in Johannesburg in 2002 on a global goal to eliminate hazardous chemicals in consumer products by 2020 in order to protect public health. However, the goal is off track. Hazardous chemicals are omnipresent and contaminate local communities, not only in consumer products, but also in workplaces, food chains, water and the environment.  There is a clear need to give priority to sound chemicals management in the Sustainable Development Goals. At this side event, a range of panelists from civil society, governments and the UN will explore possible goals and targets on sound chemicals management and NCDs as part of the SDGs.

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The Side Event takes place during the OWG7 (Open Working Group) on Sustainable Development Goals (and Post2015), there is a good delegation of women representing the Women's Major Group at the UN in New York this week, addressing our priorities for sustainable cities, transport, consumption, production, chemicals, waste, climate change and resilience.

You can also follow the discussion via the twitter account @Women_Rio20 and directly via UN WEB TV webtv.un.org/ 




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