The objective of the initiative is to initiate an informal consultative process to advise the Executive Director on how to contribute to identifying existing, new and additional resources, including ways of gaining access to such resources for supporting the sound management of chemicals and wastes at the national level, including but not limited to the implementation of obligations under the chemicals and waste-related conventions mentioned above.
The Executive Director made the proposal in response to a growing recognition of the urgent need to secure adequate financial means and provide strengthened capacity-building and technical assistance for the implementation of the chemicals and wastes agendas and in recognition of the importance of linking the treaty obligations of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to financial and technical assistance. The latter had been highlighted at the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention, where developing countries and countries with economies in transition stressed the importance of adequate financial and technical assistance as essential requirements for the establishment of an effective compliance mechanism.
The Consultative Meeting
The process was initiated with a first consultative brainstorming meeting that was held in Nairobi on 24 and 25 July 2009. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Bakary Kante, Director, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, UNEP, and opened and closed by Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP.
Participants included Government representatives, International Governmental Organizations and Non-governmental organizations: International POPs Elimination Network; Basel Action Network.
The meeting adopted a roadmap for the way forward. This included the preparation of a Preliminary Desk Study on Financing Options for Chemicals and Wastes and holding a second consultative meeting.
A second consultative meeting took place in Bangkok from 25 to 26 October, back to back with the meeting of the Advisory committee on the Simultaneous Extraordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions.
The meeting included Government participation and other key actors in the field of international hazardous wastes and chemicals management, including intergovernmental organizations, the private sector and civil society.
Discussions on substantive aspects of financing chemicals and wastes were very fruitful, and the participants outlined a roadmap for further steps. These included:
- Undertaking awareness-raising initiatives relating to the consultative process and the importance of the sound management of chemicals and wastes
- Revision of the Preliminary Desk Study
- Preparation of a UNEP policy paper
- Reporting on the progress made to relevant intergovernmental processes
Report of the First Consultative Meeting (including Agenda and Roadmap)
Report of the Second Consultative Meeting (including Agenda and Roadmap)
Preliminary Desk Study on Financing Options for Chemical and Wastes, as presented to the Second Consultative Meeting
Revised Desk Study on Financing Options for Chemicals and Wastes, revised on the basis of discussions at the Second Consultative Meeting
Policy Paper on Financing Options for Chemicals and Wastes