UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch
The UNEP Chemicals Branch is the main driving force in the UN system for activities related to the sound management of chemicals. The Branch aims to promote chemical safety and provide countries with access to information on toxic chemicals. The Branch is a key organization involved in implementing the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), adopted in early 2006, and is the seat of the Secretariat for the SAICM.
The goals of the Branch are achieved through activities related to:
- capacity-building for the sound management of chemicals in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, including assistance related to the development of legal and institutional infrastructures, the integration of sound management into development plans and training in information access;
- risk assessment, risk management and communication, including in the area of the sound management of pesticides, where work focuses on promoting and building capacities in countries through the dissemination of guidance and training materials and partnerships with governmental and non-governmental institutions;
- specific chemicals such as mercury, lead and cadmium, including support for an ad hoc open-ended working group on mercury to review and assess options for enhanced voluntary measures and new or existing international legal instruments;
- specific multilateral agreements such as the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for Certain Hazardous Chemicals in International Trade and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP). Activities include technical support for the management of PCBs, the identification of sources and releases of dioxins and furans, as well as the sound management of POP pesticides and the identification of alternatives.
with governments, IGOs such as the OECD, NGOs, and UN agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.
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