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Mainstreaming Sound Management of Chemicals into Developments Planning and Strategies

The Mainstreaming Team works to integrate sound chemicals management into the international development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals. The Mainstreaming Team supports countries in integrating sound chemicals management into national policies through building capacity to coordinate across government departments and providing access to information.

For more information contact the mainstreaming team(email link) / UNEP Chemicals Branch

UNEP’s Mainstreaming Activities

The mainstreaming initiative relies on coordination and complementarity of actions, bringing together main entities involved in national economic and social development as well as health and environment. This allows to address key priority issue in an integrated a holistic way.

  • LIRA Guidance

    The Guidance on Development of Legislation, Administrative Infrastructures and Recovery of Administrative Costs aims at providing practical, step-by-step support to policy makers for strengthening national legislation and institutional set-ups for achieving sound management of chemicals including proposals for measures for financing necessary administration activities in this regard.

  • UNEP-WHO Health and Environment Strategic Alliance (HESA)

    The Health and Environment Strategic Alliance (HESA) is a country-driven initiative that will help coordinate action by the health and environment sectors and engage in country-level development planning processes, to effectively utilize health and environment inter-linkages in the protection and promotion of public health and ecosystem integrity

  • Cost of Inaction Initiative

    The Cost of Inaction provides a practical and useful assessment of the current state of knowledge of the economic costs of inaction on the sound management of chemicals. It makes available early research findings and the evidence needed to support the argument for enhanced political actions.

  • GCO

    The Global Chemicals Outlook report concludes a two year long process that has brought together the governments, industry, academics and civil society together to provide for the first time a comprehensive environmental understanding and up to date assessment of trends and changes affecting the production and use of chemicals throughout their life cycle, their health and environment effects, economic implications, and policy options.

  • Improve cross-sectoral governance for better coordination of chemicals management activities
  • Raise political awareness of the need for preventive and integrated chemicals management for sustainable development
  • Promote and assist the integration of chemicals management into development planning policies
  • Build capacity of national chemicals management practitioners to develop coherent and comprehensive solutions and make a convincing case for sustainable financing of chemicals management

The initiative has demonstrated a management method for national ministries to make better use of available evidence – through linked assessment and health and environment impacts and costs and benefits which supports evidence-based economic development policies with a view to stimulate the needed investment and further strengthen and sustain the institutional infrastructures.