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Mainstreaming Sound Management of Chemicals into Developments Planning and Strategies

The Mainstreaming Team works to integrate sound chemicals management into the international development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Mainstreaming Team supports countries in integrating sound chemicals management into national policies through building capacity to coordinate across government departments and providing access to information.

For more information contact the mainstreaming team / UNEP Chemicals Branch

UNEP’s Mainstreaming Activities

The mainstreaming initiative relies on coordination and complementarity of actions, bringing together main entities involved in national economic and social development as well as health and environment. This allows to address key priority issue in an integrated a holistic way.

  • Improve cross-sectoral governance for better coordination of chemicals management activities
  • Raise political awareness of the need for preventive and integrated chemicals management for sustainable development
  • Promote and assist the integration of chemicals management into development planning policies
  • Build capacity of national chemicals management practitioners to  develop coherent and comprehensive solutions and make a convincing case for sustainable financing of chemicals management

The initiative has demonstrated a management method for national ministries to make better use of available evidence – through linked assessment and health and environment impacts and costs and benefits which supports evidence-based economic development policies with a view to stimulate the needed investment and further strengthen and sustain the institutional infrastructures.

Global Chemicals Outlook

The Global Chemicals Outlook aims to mobilize support and commitment from governments, private sector, civil society, academia and scientific societies toward a comprehensive, coherent and complementary policy approach to chemicals.


UNEP-WHO Health and Environment Strategic Alliance (HESA)

UNEP-WHO Health and Environment Strategic Alliance (HESA) promote and facilitates coordinated action in developing countries to reduce environmental threats to human health in support of sustainable development objectives. It provides an integrated approach to policy making in the health and environment sectors that fully takes into account the services that ecosystems provide to human health. It will leverage the necessary changes in institutional arrangements and investments framework to mobilize and build capacities within institutions and members states to mainstream health and environment linkages.


Costs of Inaction Initiative

The Costs of Inaction Initiative provide an economic business case for increasing investments in Sound Management of  Chemicals for sustainable development, by providing a more complete picture of the environmental and health costs of chemicals mismanagement.


LIRA Guidance

Lira GuidanceThe LIRA Guidance helps the design of comprehensive and coherent legal frameworks and related institutional arrangements for life-cycle management of chemicals, including sustainable financing options.

Country Pilot Projects

The Country Pilot Projects promote and assist the integration of selected Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) priorities into national development planning decision-making processes of developing countries.


Sound Management of Chemicals

The Sound Management of Chemicals brochure  provides a snapshot of UNEP’s role in stimulating a cross-sectoral, participatory and partnership-based set of interventions, and an overview on UNEP's activities to support the functions of the Secreteriat for SAICM and implement environmental sector activities.