Chemical and Waste Management

UNITAR's Chemicals and Waste Management Programme (CWM) provides support to governments and stakeholders to strengthen their institutional, technical, and legal infrastructure and capacity for sound chemicals management. Project activities take place within the framework of implementing international agreements—such as the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), Stockholm Convention, and Rotterdam Convention—aimed at protecting human health and the environment, while ensuring sustainable industrial development and facilitating the trade of chemicals. The UNITAR approach to capacity building supports a country-driven and integrated approach to chemicals management, as endorsed at the first International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1) in Dubai, February 2006 and is linked to the 2020 goal to achieve the sound management of chemicals as adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in South Africa in 2002.