Latin America and the Caribbean improve management of chemicals

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UNEP Executive Secretary Achim Steiner

Many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have taken steps towards the sound management of chemicals and waste—an improvement acknowledged by the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Achim Steiner highlighted the efforts in Los Pasos, Mexico, at a forum of Ministers of the Environment of the region.

On another positive note, Steiner said "the number of countries adopting climate legislation" across Latin America and the Caribbean is on the rise.

He also recalled that to date, 18 countries have signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from releases of the chemical.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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