Mainstreaming the Sound Management of Chemicals


“The Sound Management of Chemicals* is essential if we are to achieve sustainable development, including the eradication of poverty and disease, the improvement of human health and the environment and the elevation and maintenance of the standard of living in countries at all levels of development”
- Dubai Declaration on International Chemicals Management, 2006

Improving chemicals management for achieving sustainable development requires establishing mechanisms for technical information dissemination on a global scale, but also integrating chemicals management to central decision-making processes in a coordinated manner in order to avoid fragmented, and sometimes contradictory, regulations. This need has been internationally recognized by the first International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1) and included in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and subsequently endorsed by the ninth special session of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council. UNEP Chemicals Branch’s mainstreaming** activities are driven by this international mandate.

This website provides detailed information on UNEP’s work in the area of mainstreaming, its rationale, the activities undertaken, as well as links to many useful documents and websites.

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*The Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) is defined as the application of best management practices throughout the life cycle of chemicals to minimize, and where feasible eliminate, the potential for exposure of people and the environment to toxic and hazardous chemicals, as well as those chemicals suspected of human and/or environmental toxicity.
**The term “mainstreaming”, in this context, is used to signify integration (i.e. clear identification) of Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) priorities in a country’s development assistance policies, plans and programmes, including establishing the links between SMC priorities and major development priorities of the country (e.g. the Millennium Development Goals; sector development objectives, etc).
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