20-21 February 2014, Guatemala City, Guatemala – 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 Guatemala City from 20 to 21 February 2014.

The two-day workshop was attended by some 40 representatives of government, industry, non-governmental organisations, and academia, as well as a GHS expert from UNECE and a UNITAR resource person. UNECE provided substantive training on the GHS and presented examples of GHS implementation in various countries. The National Project Coordinator gave an overview of the work that has already been carried out in the country in this area, including the development of a National GHS Implementation Strategy in 2011, and outlined the GHS project to be implemented. This was followed by discussion by the participants to identify the key actors, applicable legislation, and existing infrastructure and capacity for GHS implementation in Guatemala.

The country will expand on these discussions and prepare draft legislation for the implementation of the GHS. Draft legislation for the implementation of the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods will also be developed. In parallel to the development of the legislation, Guatemala will carry out awareness-raising, education, and training activities for the different sectors.

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