2 June 2014, La Paz, Bolivia – A National Planning and Inception Workshop to launch a project for the national implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) was held in La Paz on 2 June 2014.

The workshop was attended by some 40 representatives of government, industry, non-governmental organisations, and academia, as well as a GHS expert from Uruguay serving as a UNITAR resource person. Substantive training on the GHS, as well as examples of GHS implementation in various countries, was provided. The National Project Coordinator gave an overview of the work that has already been carried out in the country in this area and of the GHS project to be implemented. Subsequently, participants identified the key actors, applicable legislation, existing infrastructure, and existing capacity for GHS implementation in Bolivia.

The country will expand on these discussions and carry out a situation and gap analysis over the next few months. Based on this, a National GHS Implementation Strategy will be prepared. This document will contain action plans for the implementation of the GHS in key sectors such as the industrial workplace, agriculture, transport, and consumer products. In parallel to the development of the Strategy, Bolivia will carry out awareness-raising and training activities for the different sectors.

The National Planning and Inception Workshop was hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bolivia, with technical support provided by UNITAR, and financial support provided by SAICM’s Quick Start Programme Trust Fund.