UNEP seeks to promote chemical safety by providing technical advice and guidance and build the capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition. This includes implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Global Mercury Programme to develop a legally binding instrument on mercury.
SAICM helps countries develop national approaches to managing chemicals safely and ensures that chemical management issues are addressed in the national development agenda. SAICM project development and implementation is done in partnership with UNDP through the UNEP-UNDP partnership initiative on chemicals.
The Quick Start Trust Fund was established for the implementation of SAICM. Countries can access up to a maximum of US$250,000 through this fund to carry out national projects or participate in a regional project. In the region, 13 countries have developed and implemented SAICM projects. There are five SAICM projects in the region:
- Updating the national chemicals management profile, development of a national SAICM capacity assessment and holding a national SAICM priority setting workshop in Mongolia
- Capacity Strengthening and Information Exchange on PCBs Management in Selected Asia Countries
- Poison information network for the Pacific
- Protecting human health and the environment from mercury in artisanal and small scale gold mining (ASGM) in Asia
- Technical Support to Strengthening National Capacities for Sound Management of Priority Industrial Carcinogens in Indonesia and Thailand