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CHAPTER 19: ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND MANAGEMENT OF TOXIC CHEMICALS, INCLUDING PREVENTION OF ILLEGAL INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC IN TOXIC AND DANGEROUS PRODUCTS

This chapter of Agenda 21 addresses the problems posed by the lack of sufficient scientific information for the assessment of risks entailed by the use of numerous chemicals and the lack of resources for assessment of chemicals for which data are at hand. As all but one of the bracketed paragraphs dealt with finance, this chapter provoked little discussion at UNCED. The six programme areas in this chapter are: Expanding and accelerating international assessment of chemical risks; Harmonization of classification and labelling of chemicals; Information exchange on toxic chemicals and chemical risks; Establishment of risk reduction programmes; Strengthening of national capabilities and capacities for management of chemicals; and Prevention of illegal international traffic in toxic and dangerous products.