United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, that promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations System, and that serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP is the host organization for the Stockholm Convention.

For more information please visit http://www.unep.org

UNEP and Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste 

The aim is to promote chemical safety and provide countries with access to information on toxic chemicals. UNEP promotes chemical safety by providing policy advice, technical guidance and capacity building to developing countries and those with economies in transition, including activities on chemicals related to the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

For more information please visit http://www.unep.org/hazardoussubstances 

UNEP DTIE/Chemicals Branch

UNEP Chemicals is the center for all chemicals-related activities of the United Nations Environment Programme. Their goal is to make the world a safer place from toxic chemicals and they do this by helping governments take needed global actions for the sound management of chemicals, by promoting the exchange of information on chemicals, and by helping to build the capacities of countries around the world to use chemicals safely. UNEP Chemicals coordinated the international action aimed to the protection of human health and the environment through measures to reduce and eliminate persistent organic pollutants and facilitated the development of an international legally binding instrument: the Stockholm Convention on POPs. For more information please visit http://www.chem.unep.ch/POPs

UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions

Consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes

The consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes was launched by the UNEP Executive Director in recognition of the need for adequate resources in the field of chemicals and wastes management. The process was first announced at the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants held in May 2009. The purpose of the consultations would be to analyse the current situation with regard to financing for chemicals and waste management at the national level, including but not limited to the implementation of Party obligations under chemicals-related multilateral environmental agreements, and to devise strategic, synergistic proposals for improving it. The consultations would also provide advice to the UNEP Executive Director on options that could be pursued to move forward in this area.
For more information please visit  http://www.unep.org/dec/Chemical_Financing/index.asp

UNEP Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination

Division of UNEP playing the role of implementing agency for GEF has involved in preparing national implementation plan for a large number of Parties and signatories throughout the world. Furthermore it has played key role in undertaking GEF-financed projects relating to POPs. For more information please visit to http://www.unep.org/dgef/PersistentOrganicPollutants/tabid/1704/Default.aspx