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The UNDP-UNEP Partnership Initiative has as its primary objective the facilitatation of mainstreaming the Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) into national development planning processes, in order to support sustainable development in developing countries and countries with economies in transition (CEITs). The initiative’s work on Sound Management of Chemicals is targeted at influencing not only national plans, but also sector strategies and local level implementation.

This initiative draws on the specific support services provided by the two agencies, as well as on the unique cooperation developed between them to deliver coherent contributions to the achievement of internationally-agreed environment and sustainable development goals. The initiative was created in line with the Global Partnership between UNDP and UNEP as an example of the UN-wide Delivering as One Initiative, which aims at increasing collaboration and joint activities between UN agencies to deliver more effectively in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment.

The approach establishes enduring institutional processes within government ministries and the wider stakeholder community to bring about Sound Management of Chemicals – focusing on the government bodies responsible for poverty reduction and growth policies, and also strengthening the role of environmental agencies and non-governmental actors.

Specifically, the UNDP-UNEP PI helps client countries to:

  1. Identify specific areas of chemicals management which are likely to result in concrete environment, health and economic benefits and put in place a plan to begin addressing the identified gaps;
  2. Assess their national development strategies relative to protecting the environment and human health from adverse effects through SMC;
  3. Improve, where relevant, the integration of chemicals management priorities into the national development discourse and planning agenda.

To attain these objectives, the initiative includes three main interrelated components. The first one involves the development and dissemination of guidance documents, clarifying the links between chemicals management and development priorities, and providing guidance on how to effectively integrate the Sound Management of Chemicals into national development planning processes. These documents are drafted on the basis of past experience, as well as pilot country projects in selected countries. These activities are complemented by a series of regional workshops aiming at facilitating understanding between officials responsible for development planning and those responsible for chemicals management.

Each component is explained in further detail below in terms of its objectives, process and outputs, as well as its links with the other components.

A diagram of the UNDP-UNEP Partnership Initiative cycle linking the three components together and showing the interactions with related initiatives can be found here.

The UNDP-UNEP Partnership Initiative brochure providing detailed information on the initiative can be found here.

Information on, and resources related to each of the component can be found by following the links below.