National SAICM Pilot Projects
Starting in September 2006, UNITAR, in cooperation with the Participating Organizations (POs) of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC), the World Bank, UNDP, as well as the Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC), collaborated with three developing countries and one country in economic transition to develop an Integrated National Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste with a focus on governance, stakeholder participation, and partnerships to support national SAICM implementation. Country projects took place over a period of three years, from approximately September 2006 to August 2009. Four project countries (Belarus, Panama, Pakistan, and Tanzania) were selected at a meeting of the UNITAR/IOMC Project Task Force in June 2006. A fifth country, Mongolia, was added in 2008, building upon the SAICM-enabling activities project funded through the SAICM Quick Start Programme Trust Fund (QSPTF), to participate as an additional full pilot country. The UNITAR/IOMC project was funded by the Government of Switzerland (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)) and built upon the experience gained and lessons learned through earlier projects on integrated chemicals management which were implemented in eleven countries since 1996.
The importance of developing an integrated and coordinated approach to national chemicals management is one of the key messages of SAICM. This can be achieved, as the SAICM outcomes suggest, through the development of a national programme for the sound management of chemicals and waste. Such a programme can facilitate, inter alia, inter-ministerial coordination, access to and exchange of information, stakeholder participation, coordinated priority setting, and integration of chemicals management activities into national development planning processes.
Key project components included, inter alia:
development of a national governance structure for SAICM implementation;
preparation of a National SAICM Capacity Self-Assessment;
organization of a National Forum on Priority Setting; and
implementation of two partnership projects through involvement of government, industry, and public interest NGOs.