The Chemicals Branch, based in Geneva, works to protect humans and the environment from the adverse effects of chemicals and hazardous waste. It is the focal point of UNEP's activities on chemicals issues and the main catalytic force in the UN system for concerted global action on environmentally sound management of hazardous chemicals.
UNEP's Chemicals program reflects global priorities identified by governments. The Branch works directly with countries to build national capacity for the clean production, use and disposal of chemicals, and promotes and disseminates state-of-the-art information on chemical safety. In delivering policy and technical assistance for the sound management of chemicals, UNEP's Chemicals Branch builds and strengthens partnerships with governments, UN bodies, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.