In order to develop a comprehensive and practical toolkit for assisting and developing capacities of developing countries and CEITs to effectively mainstream Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) into development planning processes at the national level, the UNDP-UNEP Partnership Initiative has initiated a series of country projects in voluntary pilot countries.
The methodology applied for mainstreaming the Sound Management of Chemicals in the selected countries directly draws from the five-steps mapping of the process of mainstreaming as well as on a preliminary version of the UNDP Technical Guide for Integrating the Sound Management of Chemicals in MDG-Based Policies & Plans. The results and lessons learned from these field-testing will in turn feed a revision process for the UNDP Technical Guide.
For more information on the country projects’ methodology and process, please refer to the UNDP-UNEP Partnership Initiative brochure available here.
With funds secured through the Quick Start Programme Trust Fund, activities have been launched in 2007 in Uganda and in 2008 in Macedonia, while projects in Belarus, Belize and Ecuador will start in 2009. Thanks to support provided by the Swedish Chemicals Agency, two more projects were launched: in Zambia in 2007 and in Cambodia in 2008. In addition, collaboration is being explored in Honduras, Liberia and Mauritania building upon UNITAR/ IOMC and UNITAR Quick Start Programme Trust Fund supported projects.
More information on each country project can be found by clicking on the country’s name below. Further links to country PI details will be added as project implementation progresses throughout 2009 and 2010.
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