Integrating the Sound Management of Chemicals into development plans such as Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and strategies to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) involves establishing the links between poverty and sound chemicals management – such as improved human and environmental health, and increased economic security and income opportunities for the poor – and then identifying the policies and programmes needed to bring about pro-poor chemicals management. It also involves looking at potential chemical risks arising from implementing sections of the development plans, and trying to mitigate such risks at the planning stage.
The UNDP-UNEP Partnership Initiative contributes to these tasks by providing a series of guidance documents aimed at helping decision makers at all levels of the decision-making process to address these issues and effectively implement the chemicals-related development objectives.
The documents were developed based on the experience gained during UNDP and UNEP past activities, including the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) and the joint UNEP-World Health Organization (WHO) Health and Environment Linkages Initiative (HELI). Both initiatives provide very useful documents and tools regarding the mainstreaming process. Additional and complementary documents are currently being developed within the UNDP-UNEP Partnership Initiative.
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