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Children and Youth Major Group (CYMG)

Chemicals, Waste and Pollution
Working Group

Welcome to the homepage of the 'Chemicals, Waste, and Pollution Working Group' under the Children and Youth Major Group to UNEP (CYMG). Our group is dedicated to addressing the critical policy issues surrounding chemicals, waste, and pollution, with a focus on safeguarding the environment for present and future generations.

About Us
The CYMG Chemicals, Waste, and Pollution Working Group is a dynamic team of young activists and advocates committed to creating a sustainable and pollution-free world. Our mission is to amplify the voices of children and youth in intergovernmental negotiations and discussions on environmental policies, particularly those related to chemicals, waste management, and pollution.

Highlights >>
Written Submission on Gender and Toxics

In response to the call for inputs to inform the thematic report on toxics and human Rights by the UN Special Rapporteur to the United Nations General Assembly, CYMG made a collective written submission on Gender and Toxics. It can be accessed HEREFind more.

Zero Waste Futures: Youth Leadership and Solutions from the Asia Pacific to the Caribbean

UNEP's Caribbean SRO, IETC, and Children and Youth Major Group (CYMG) have co-organized this online event to promote zero waste initiatives and inspire youth engagement. Find out more and watch recording!

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Youth Impact for Zero Waste

Join us for an online meeting on Sunday, March 24th, 2024, from 14:00 to 15:30 UTC. In light of the upcoming International Day of Zero Waste, this event spotlights the urgent need for effective waste management and sustainable consumption practices.

Find more and Register HERE!

Minamata Youth Dialogue on Mercury 2024

The Initiative of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ) represents a concerted effort to address mercury management and promote youth initiatives. Focusing on Minamata Convention and crosscutting issues, it serves as a platform for sustainable practices and intergenerational collaboration. Find more!

Capacity for Change: Youth Briefing on Chemicals, Waste, and Pollution

This YEA 2024 session zoomed in on the critical issues of chemical management, waste reduction, and pollution prevention and capacitated youths towards effective, inclusive, and sustainable actions in the face of the pressing challenges.

Featured Engagements >>

UNEP Working Group on Nitrogen

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Ad hoc open-ended working group on a science-policy panel on chemicals, waste and pollution prevention

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Key Engagement Avenues​

  • UNEP Working Group on Nitrogen

  • Ad hoc Open-Ended Working Group on a science-policy panel on chemicals, waste and pollution prevention

  • Global Chemicals Outlook

  • Global Waste Management Outlook

  • Global Wastewater Initiative (GWWI)

  • International Day of Zero Waste

Other Areas of Engagement​

  • Bamako Convention on the Ban of the Import into Africa and the Control of Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within Africa

Relevant Recent UN Environment Assembly Resolutions​

  • UNEA Res. 5/2: Sustainable Nitrogen Management

  • UNEA Res. 5/7: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste 

  • UNEA Res. 5/8: Science-Policy Panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution

Working Group Facilitator​

Aseel Ibrahim Mohammed Abo-Taleb



Capacity Building for Youth on Bamako Convention >>
Recorded Webinar: Options of Engagement & Participation for MGS to SPP-OEWG
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