Chemicals and Waste Branch / Division of Technology, Industry and Economics / United Nations Environment Programme

The Chemicals and Waste Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP DTIE) works to protect humans and the environment from adverse effects caused by chemicals throughout their lifecycle, and hazardous waste. It is the focal point of UNEP activities on chemicals issues and the main catalytic force in the UN system for concerted global action on the environmentally sound management of hazardous chemicals. More

Areas of cooperation between the Secretariat and UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch are, among others:

  •  A joint task force was set up in early 2014 to strengthen possible areas of cooperation and coordination between the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions (BRS) and UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch. Find more about the task force at: Link
  • In line with the 2013 synergies omnibus decisions taken in 2013, and Resolution 3 of the Final Act of the Conference of the Plenipotentiaries, the Secretariat of the three conventions cooperates, as appropriate, with the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in areas of mutual interest to the four conventions.
  • The Secretariat and UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch jointly implement with WHO the Global Human Milk Survey to generate human biomonitoring data on POPs within the framework of the Stockholm Convention's Global Monitoring Plan.
  • The Secretariat participates in the following UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch-led activities:
    • The Global Mercury Partnership, within the framework of the Basel Convention; which is a voluntary and collaborative relationship between various parties, governmental, non-governmental, public and private to protect human health and the global environment from the release of mercury and its compounds.
    • The PCB Elimination Network (PEN), within the framework of the Stockholm and Basel conventions. The PEN is a collaborative framework to enhance information exchange among stakeholders from different sectors to promote the environmentally sound management of PCBs. UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch took over the administration and implementation of the PEN in 2012, upon the invitation of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (decision SC-5/7).
    • The Global Alliance for Alternatives to DDT, within the framework of the Stockholm Convention. The Global Alliance is a global partnership aiming at promoting the development and deployment of alternative products, methods and strategies to DDT for disease vector control. UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch took over the administration and implementation of the DDT Global Alliance in 2012, upon the invitation of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (decision SC-5/6).