As the world’s population edges towards 9 billion, the strain on the planet’s resources is steadily increasing. In both the developed and developing world there is a growing demand for food, manufactured goods and improved access to clean water and fuel.
Over the past 30 years it has become obvious that the products of human manufacture, even those produced to benefit society, can have negative effects on human health and the environment. The United Nations General Assembly has addressed these challenges in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have been adopted in 2015. A closer look shows that to meet these goals chemistry will play an important role. Also related to this is that the UN Environmental Assembly-2 (UNEA-2) has named sustainable chemistry as an important building block within and beyond sound chemicals management.
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