The work on the Guidance also includes a number of national demonstration projects in volunteer pilot countries to field-test the Guidance in the specific context of developing countries and the countries with economies in transition.
The Guidance is expected to be tested in 5 countries, with a focus on those countries that have projects under the UNDP-UNEP Partnership Initiative on Integration of Sound Management of Chemicals into Development Planning Processes. At present, four countries have been selected for national demonstration projects. A project started in Cambodia in 2010, while projects in Belize, Nigeria and Uruguay were approved.
The proposed institutional structure the demonstration projects is largely based on the UNDP-UNEP Partnership Initiative model – with an Inter-agency Coordinating Mechanism as the main guiding body gathering at least ministries of health, environment, trade, planning, and agriculture, and specialized Task Forces for designing and developing the technical components.
The projects will consist of the broad following general steps:
- Inception phase;
- Baseline Analysis and Need assessment;
- Selection and design of policy options;
- Development and high level approval of a plan.
The general aim of the demonstration projects is the development of a plan for introducing coherent legal and institutional infrastructures in the country including sustainable funding of public chemicals management activities through economic instruments, where appropriate. The plan should be recognized and approved by the political decision makers.
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