Harmful substances

GRID products corresponding to the "Harmful Substances" UNEP priority
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UNEP is a primary driving force in the UN system for international activities related to the sound management of chemicals. The aim is to promote chemical safety and provide countries with access to information on toxic chemicals. UNEP promotes chemical safety by providing policy advice, technical guidance and capacity building to developing countries and those with economies in transition, including activities on chemicals related to the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). UNEP also provides the secretariat for the negotiations of a global legally-binding instrument on mercury.


UNEP’s activities in addressing harmful substances and hazardous wastes (HSHW) cut across multiple divisions and programs. UNEP also hosts the Secretariats of a number of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) working on this realm.