The Burlington Consensus - Science and policy's call for a global panel on chemicals, waste and pollution

26 January 2022 17:15-19:15, Online


This event is organised in conjunction with the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

Chemical pollution is an urgent, critical issue for humanity, on equal footing with biodiversity loss and climate change. It is a global problem but there is no truly effective independent global scientific advice mechanism to help mitigate and eliminate the harmful effects – both known and yet to be discovered – of poorly managed chemicals, waste and pollution. This must change.

At this roundtable hosted jointly by the RSC and Defra, we will bring together scientific experts from academia, industry, regulators, not-for-profits and leading policymakers to discuss the vital need for global coordination of scientific advice.

In particular we will discuss the need for the United Nations in 2022 to take a decisive step - supported by governments, industries, and chemical science organisations around the world - by establishing a new independent science-policy interface for chemical pollution, and make this a high priority at the 5th United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) session in Nairobi.

Invited representatives from international organisations will be present at this event and contribute to the discussion. These include:
  • SETAC Europe
  • UN Environment Programme
  • Commonwealth Chemistry
  • African Academy of Sciences
  • Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies (CSCT), University of Bath
  • Green Chemistry Centre, University of York
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