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Geneva, Switzerland, March 2012 - Starting in late 2011 and early 2012, three countries initiated pilot projects aimed to develop and strengthen capacities to address Nanotechnology and Manufactured Nanomaterials. The three pilot countries were chosen from the African, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America regions: Nigeria, Thailand, and Uruguay.


These projects, which are financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and receive technical assistance from UNITAR, will generate initial results and lessons learned that will be transmitted for consideration to the third International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-3), to be held in September 2012. UNITAR has developed guidance and training materials to ensure that participating countries are aware of the current state of the field and provided with some possible actions that can take place at the national level.

Nanotechnology/Manufactured Nanomaterials is an exciting new field that may provide a broad array of benefits to humans and our environment. However, with these benefits come potential risks to the environment and human health risks that, to-date, are not fully known. It is expected that these pilot projects will provide initial insights in to how developing countries will address this important new aspect of sound chemicals management.

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