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

The Chemicals and Waste Branch of 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

The Secretariat participates in the following UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch-led activities:

  • The Global Mercury Partnership, which is a voluntary and collaborative relationship between various parties, including 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, which 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 network in 2012, upon the invitation of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (decision SC-5/7).

Other areas of collaboration with UNEP Chemicals and Waste Branch can be found on the Synergies website.

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