Pollution is one of the major challenges of our time, affecting human health, damaging the environment and leading to significant socio-economic costs. Preventing and addressing pollution and associated health impacts is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and is reflected in several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG 3.9 which strives to reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals, air, water and soil pollution and SDG 12.4 which seeks to achieve environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes.
A comprehensive mix of policies and measures are needed to address and reduce pollution. Fiscal policies are among the most cost-effective approaches to reduce pollution and can help accelerate efforts towards a pollution-free planet.
The policy brief is a summary of this UNEP report on the issue. You can download the policy brief through the link below.