Capacity Development

Overview

Capacity development serves as one of main instruments to support developing countries Parties and Parties with economy in transition in the implementation of their obligations under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. A variety of tools are employed to serve Parties in effective manner aiming to maximize short, medium and long-term impacts, including modules, toolkits and e-learning courses, online and face-to-face training activities, projects and study tours.Capacity development to support Parties in the implementation of each of the three conventions focuses on the following thematic areas:

  1. Basel Convention: national strategies for the environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes, control procedures for transboundary movements of hazardous and other wastes, the take-back procedure, the Ban Amendment, the disposal of hazardous wastes and waste prevention and minimization;
  2. Rotterdam Convention: national action plans, information exchange obligations, effective participation in the work of the Chemical Review Committee, submission of import responses for pesticides and industrial chemicals listed in Annex III to the Convention, alternatives to Annex III chemicals, monitoring, data collection, reporting of pesticide poisoning incidents related to severely hazardous pesticide formulations, national decision-making process related to banning or restricting chemicals and submission of notifications of final regulatory action, and the establishment of systems and procedures for sending export notifications with regard to banned or severely restricted chemicals not listed in Annex III to the Convention;
  3. Stockholm Convention: guidance for the development and updating of national implementation plans, including on inventories, effective participation in the work of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, elimination or restriction of the production and use of intentionally produced persistent organic pollutants, alternatives to persistent organic pollutants, reduction or elimination of releases of unintentionally produced persistent organic pollutants, persistent organic pollutants in articles, stockpiles, and the environmentally sound management and disposal of persistent organic pollutant wastes;
  4. Cross-cutting areas pertinent to two or all three of the conventions: legal and institutional frameworks, national coordination, the exchange of information on chemicals and wastes, the provision of support to customs officers, illegal traffic and trade of hazardous chemicals and wastes, inventories, national reporting under the Basel and Stockholm conventions, gender and social dimensions, the mainstreaming of chemicals and wastes into national sustainable development strategies in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals, accident prevention and preparedness for hazardous waste and chemicals emergencies, the strengthening of the science-policy-business interface, regional cooperation among entities responsible for the implementation of the conventions, and the enhancement of skills for chairing meetings of convention bodies.

Monitoring and review

Analysis of the effectiveness of tools employed in the delivery of technical assistance will be conducted at regular intervals with the aim of offering Parties a range of modern and efficient tools. This pillar also includes an integrated assessment of technical assistance needs based on questionnaires, specific requests and information from other sources as well as impact assessment which will be considered already in the planning phase of the activities and conducted in a systematic way.

Priority Areas

  • Enhancing legal and institutional frameworks
  • National coordination, the exchange of information on chemicals and wastes
  • Support to customs officers
  • Enhancing national capacities to take international trade control measures on illegal traffic
  • National inventories on chemicals and wastes
  • National reporting and other notification of information
  • Mainstreaming of chemicals and wastes
  • Accident prevention and preparedness for hazardous waste and chemicals emergencies
  • Support to the work of scientific bodies
  • Strengthening of the science-policy-business interface and life-cycle of chemicals and wastes
  • Integrating gender issues
  • Enhancement of skills for chairing meetings of convention bodies
  • Regional cooperation among entities responsible for the implementation of the conventions