Special Programme

In Chemicals & waste

Goal of the Special Programme

The Special Programme provides support to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to strengthen and enhance their institutional capacity for chemicals and wastes management with the view to facilitating implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) at the national level... read more

Special Programme Projects Database

The Special Programme has successfully processed two rounds of applications since its inception in 2015. The programme is currently funding projects from 24 countries. Explore the projects through our Projects Database or through the map below.

Special Programme Executive Board

The Executive Board is the decision making body and oversees the Special Programme with the support of the secretariat of the Special Programme which is hosted within UN Environment's Chemicals and Health Branch in the Economy Division and became operational in September 2015. The activities of the Executive Board and information on their upcoming meetings is available here.

In Chemicals & waste

What is the special programme?

The Special Programme funds a wide range of activities, including:

  • Identifying national institutional capacity weaknesses, gaps and needs
  • Strengthening institutional capacity to plan, develop, undertake and monitor policies, strategies and national programmes
  • Strengthening institutional capacity to improve progress reporting
  • Promoting an enabling environment to foster the ratification of the MEAs
  • Enabling the design and operation of dedicated institutional structures
  • Funding sound management of chemicals and waste projects

Thanks to our Donors

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Call for Applications

Are you interested in applying for funding through the Special Programme? 

Information on eligibility and the types of projects that may be funded is available in the application guidelines and forms.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

Special Programme Secretariat,
UN Environment, Economy Division,
Chemicals and Health Branch,
Avenue de la Paix 8-14, 1211 Genève, Switzerland

E-mail:  unepchemicals