Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

Open doors
Juan Mayr Maldonado calls for an in-depth environmental debate, committed to the future of the planet

Progress and possibilities
David Anderson assesses what has been achieved in controlling chemicals that endanger human health and the environment and sets out priorities for further action

A further step
Kjell Larsson says that global cooperation is needed in the sound management of chemicals

Achieving the vision
Mohammed Valli Moosa outlines his country’s response to the global challenge of safe chemicals management, and looks forward to the World Summit on Sustainable Development

Wake-up call
Sheila Watt-Cloutier describes the Inuit fight against chemical pollution that threatens their health and culture

Special feature: Security in a shrinking world
HM Queen Noor of Jordan explains how peace and security depend on enabling people to participate in conserving resources and in sustainable development

2001 UNEP Sasakawa Environment Prize

Win UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook 3

Global housekeeping
Attila Molnar says that industry must bridge the gap between ecology and economy and describes what one chemical company is doing

Disrupting life’s messages
John Peterson Myers describes how new research into the effects of chemicals is rewriting the rules of toxicology and necessitating new approaches to regulation

Ubiquitous and dangerous
Clifton Curtis and Tina Skaar describe the impacts of toxic chemicals on people and wildlife and the international action to control them


Much done, much still to do
Jim Willis gives a progress report on integrating the global chemicals agenda with sustainable development

Getting on top of the POPs
John Buccini describes the global action taken to control and phase out what are often seen as the most toxic chemicals ever produced

First line of defence
Maria Celina de Azevedo Rodrigues describes how the Rotterdam Convention, by ensuring prior informed consent, will control trade in highly dangerous substances

Reversing the burden of proof
Margot Wallström