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Our Approach

UNITAR’s Chemicals and Waste Management Programme (CWM) provides support to governments and stakeholders to strengthen their institutional, technical, and legal infrastructure and capacities for sound management of chemicals. Project activities serve to implement international agreements such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, and the Minamata Convention.  These aim to protect human health and the environment, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

UNITAR benefits from the services available from a selection of worldwide recognized senior experts to provide international expertise to countries and organisations, to advance their approaches to management of chemicals, supported by a team of project officers based within UNITAR’s offices.

UNITAR Achievements

  • More than 120 countries have completed a National Chemicals Management Profile
  • Seventy enabling activity projects for SAICM implementation underway/implemented
  • Two developing countries have an operational national Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) in place and 10 countries have designed national PRTRs
  • Ten countries have initiated a National GHS Implementation Strategy
  • Fifteen countries have developed mercury emissions inventories
  • 12 countries have developed their Minamata Initial Assessments 
  • More than 10 regional workshops on nanomaterials and nanotechnology, with approximately 321participants.
  • Six national pilot projects on nanomaterials
  • One PCB management and disposal project accounting for 540 tons of POPs wastes (Persistent Organic Pollutants and Obsolete Pesticides) and Ozone-Depleting Substances eliminated
  • A variety of guidance documents across a wide range of chemicals and waste topics

Since 1996, UNITAR has been a member of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) - a collaborative agreement between FAO, ILO, UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, UNITAR, WHO, the World Bank and the OECD. Other strategic partners include the secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Chemical Weapons Conventions, and the secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management. 

UNITAR CWM would like to thank all partners and donors for their assistance in our activities.

Contact Us

Email address: cwm@unitar.org


UNITAR - Chemical and Waste Management
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Chemin de Balexert 7, 1219 Chatelaine,
Geneva, Switzerland