This synthesis report for decision-makers highlights the main findings and conclusions of the full report: 'Global Chemicals Outlook: Towards Sound Management of Chemicals'. The Global Chemicals Outlook report brings together scientific, technical and socioeconomic information on the sound management of chemicals. It targets decision-makers and aims to build capacity and implement policy change to protect the environment and human health. As such, the Global Chemicals Outlook report covers three broad inter-linked areas, building upon the findings of existing and concurrent studies: (1) trends and indicators for chemical production, transport, use and disposal, and associated health and environment impacts; (2) economic implications of these trends, including the costs of inaction and the benefits of action; and (3) instruments and approaches for the sound management of chemicals, including the promotion of safer alternatives and guidance to accelerate the achievement of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) goals by 2020.
Chemical contamination and waste is associated with industrial sectors of importance in developing countries include pesticides from agricultural runoff; heavy metals associated with cement production; dioxin associated with electronics recycling; mercury and other heavy metals associated with mining and coal combustion; butyl tins, heavy metals, and asbestos released during ship breaking; heavy metals associated with tanneries; mutagenic dyes, heavy metals and other pollutants associated with textile production; and toxic metals, solvents, polymers, and flame retardants used in electronics manufacturing.