Division of Technology, Industry and Economics


Harmful Substances

Minimizing the impact of harmful substances and hazardous waste on people and the environment

UNEP is the driving force in the UN system for activities related to the sound management of chemicals, including mercury, persistent organic pollutants, lead and cadmium. DTIE promotes chemical safety by helping developing countries formulate appropriate policies, notably in the framework of the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, which deals with substances that deplete the ozone layer.

Our division strives to:

  • Increase capacity and financing for other stakeholders to assess, manage and reduce risks to human health and the environment posed by chemicals and hazardous waste.

  • Favour coherent international policy and provide technical advice on the management of harmful substances and hazardous waste in a more environmentally sound way.

  • Promote the development of appropriate policy and control systems for harmful substances of global concern, notably through the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).




Further Information

Harmful Substances