7 August 2012, Abuja, Nigeria — The Federal Ministry of Environment signed in late 2011 a joint agreement to promote training and capacity building for the development of a nano-safety pilot project in Nigeria, financially supported by the Government of Switzerland. The 12-month project includes the following planned activities:

  • Establishment of a Nano Safety Project Committee to support coordination effortsview-of-the-workshop-room
  • Project inception and nano awareness-raising workshop
  • Development of a nano-safety and waste management assessment
  • Development of elements for a national nano-safety policy
  • Targeted nano-safety training
  • Project Endorsement Workshop

The project’s “Awareness Raising and Priorities” workshop took place on 7 August 2012. The workshop brought together participants from civil society, academia, consumer protection organizations, and government officials including the Permanent Secretary from the Federal Ministry of Environment, with participation from UNITAR and the Government of Switzerland. The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness and identify nano-safety priorities, as well as create a roadmap for a nano-safety policy in Nigeria.

It is expected that initial results and lessons learned from the project will be presented at the third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-3) in September 2012.