There are 17 multilateral agreements, and numerous intergovernmental organizations and coordination mechanisms addressing different aspects of chemicals management and safety. These include the Basel Convention
on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Waste and Their Disposal, the Rotterdam Convention
on Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals, the Stockholm Convention
on Persistent Organic Pollutants, as well as the 2006 Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM
) and the Vienna Convention and its Montreal Protocol
for the Control of Ozone Depleting Substances.
Regional agreements include Waigani Convention
to Ban the Importation into Forum Island Countries of Hazardous and Radioactive Wastes and to Control the Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within the South Pacific Region.
In Asia and the Pacific, most countries are implementing these conventions. Thirty-six countries in the region are Party to the Basel Convention, 21, to the Rotterdam Convention, 40 to the Stockholm Convention. In addition, 36 countries have designated SAICM Focal Points. All countries in the region are Party to both the Vienna Convention and its Montreal Protocol
The Convention Secretariats and UNEP organize regional workshops to help build the capacity of Governments to implement and meet their obligations under the conventions.