Gender and Chemicals

Gender and Chemicals

While policymakers are beginning to understand the important role played by the sound management of chemicals in economic and social development, it is also important to recognize the significant linkages between gender and chemicals.

A number of factors justify the importance of adopting a gender-differentiated approach to the management of chemicals. The major factors include: differences in physiological susceptibility and the resulting health effects as well as the source of exposure to toxic chemicals (workplace vs. household). The UNDP paper “Chemicals and Gender”describes the important linkages between socio-economic development, gender, and chemicals management.

In Focus
Integrating sound management of chemicals into national planning

In a piece for the new edition of Planet B Magazine, Senior Technical Advisor at the UNDP Montreal Protocol and Chemicals Unit, Klaus Tyrkko, explains how integrating sound management of chemicals into national planning is key to achieving an inclusive and sustainable future. Click here to read the piece and to access the full edition.

Demonstrating best practices in handling medical waste

The global project (implemented in a partnership with GEF, UNDP, WHO, and the international non-governmental organization coalition Health Care Without Harm) is demonstrating and promoting the use of best practices and techniques for healthcare waste management in 7 countries. The goal is to protect public health and the global environment from the impacts of dioxin and mercury releases.

Please read on about one of project's success stories in India.