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Pesticide-related activities at UNEP Chemicals

Pesticides are used because of their toxic properties towards target species. However, they can cause harm to non-target species as well. For this reason it is extremely important to limit the use of these substances to situations where they are absolutely needed and then used in ways that limit damage to human health and the environment to a minimum.

The Branch collaborates closely with other Intergovernmental Organizations and Multilateral Environmental Agreement (MEA) Secretariats in promoting sound management of pesticides, which includes integrated pest management (IPM) and integrated vector management (IVM), which are approaches building on several control options and using pesticides as a last resort. IPM and IVM as well as a combination thereof are hence approaches also recommended in the reduction / elimination of persistent organic pollutant (POP) pesticides covered under the Stockholm Convention.

The UNEP/DTIE Chemicals Branch actively promotes sound management of chemicals within the framework of Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Pesticides is probably the group of substances for which the international community has advanced the most in this area. With SAICM work is now accelerated and cooperation with other agencies intensified. Please follow the links below to access information on our pesticide-related activities.

Guidance / Manuals | Information sources | Meetings | Useful links

Guidance / Manuals

Toxicology in the Classroom - Preliminary Edition on CD-ROM, 2009

Sound Management of Pesticides and Diagnosis and Treatment of Pesticide Poisoning - A Resource Tool, 2007

Childhood Pesticide Poisoning: Information for Advocacy and Action
, 2004

Intoxicación por plaguicidas en niños: información para la gestión y la acción, 2004

Reducing and Eliminating the use of Persistent Organic Pesticides: Guidance on alternative strategies for sustainable pest and vector management
, 2002

Réduire et éliminer l'usage des pesticides organiques persistants: Document d'orientation sur des stratégies alternatives de gestion durable des ravageurs et des vecteurs
, 2002

Reducción y Eliminación del uso de Plaguicidas Orgánicos Persistentes: Documento de Orientación sobre estrategias alternativas para el manejo sostenible de plagas y vectores, 2002

Finding Alternatives to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) for Termite Management, 2000

Information sources

Existing sources and approaches to risk assessment and management of pesticides, 2009
DDT Information System
Termiticide Information System


Brainstorming meeting on environmental and other factors needed for evaluating and managing risks posed by pesticides at local level, Geneva, Switzerland, 1-3 July, 2009

Proceedings: UNEP/WHO Sub-Regional Workshop on the Reduction/Elimination and Management of Pesticides in the Context of the Stockholm Convention and Related Activities of WHO, Bangkok, 6-12 May 2004

Proceedings: UNEP/WHO Sub-regional Workshop on the  Reduction/Elimination and Management of  Pesticides in the Context of the Stockholm  Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and  related activities of WHO
, Tunis, 6-9 October 2003

COMPTE-RENDUS: Atelier sous-régional du PNUE et de l’OMS relatif à la réduction/élimination et la gestion de pesticides dans le contexte de la Convention de Stockholm sur les polluants organiques persistant et les activités pertinentes de l’OMS, Tunis, 6-9 octobre 2003

PROCEEDINGS: UNEP Regional Workshop on the Reduction/Elimination and Management of Pesticides in the Context of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, Port of Spain, April 22-25, 2002

Taller Regional PNUMA sobre Reducción, Eliminación y Manejo de Plaguicidas en el Contexto del Convenio de Estocolmo sobre Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes (COP) y el Convenio de Basilea sobre el control de los movimientos transfronterizos de los desechos peligrosos y su eliminación, Puerto España, 22-25 abril de 2002

Useful links

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

UN Food and Agriculture Organization - Pesticide Management Group

Rotterdam Convention - the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure
World Health Organization - Pesticides Evaluation Scheme: "WHOPES"

The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal

OECD Environmental Directorate

FAO/WHO Guidelines on management options for empty pesticide containers
Report of the Sixth Meeting of the Global Collaboration For Development of Pesticides for Public Health (GCDPP), WHO/HQ, Geneva, 24-25 April 2008