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Launch and Panel Discussion | Safeguarding the Integrity of a Science Policy Panel on Chemicals, Waste and Pollution Prevention

June 12 , 8:00 am 9:00 am EDT

In this event, leading experts will discuss why the new panel must include safeguards to avoid the risks associated with the existence of conflicts of interest by creating an environment in which actual or perceived conflicts of interest are adequately disclosed and prevented.

In March 2022, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) decided that a Science-Policy Panel should be established to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and prevent pollution. Through Resolution 5/8, UNEA recognized the importance of science-based assessments to inform decision-making, and the role of sound management of chemicals and waste in protecting human health and the environment. On the road to the establishment of the Science Policy Panel (SPP) on Chemicals, Waste and Pollution Prevention, the third session of the ad hoc open-ended working group (OEWG-3) will be held in Geneva from 17 to 21 June 2024.

Science has shown us how pollution and the unsound management of chemicals and waste have become a threat to human rights, including the right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment, life, health, food, water and sanitation, a healthy work environment, and equality and non-discrimination, amongst others.

Decision-making and action related to the protection of human health and the environment from hazardous substances must be guided by robust, independent science. Information and data submitted to and used by the panel should be publicly available. The principles of integrity, transparency and participation are essential to ensure that this science is objective and reliable, that it is not subject to interests that are not scientific or are inconsistent with fundamental human rights principles, and the welfare of society.

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