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International activities on chemicals surveyed in UNEP report issued to boost efficiency

Geneva/Nairobi, December 1999 - As part of the drive to bring about greater coherence and efficiency in international activities on chemicals, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report surveying - for the first time - the roles and responsibilities of chemicals-related legal instruments and international organizations.

The 222-page reference document, developed by UNEP Chemicals, covers 16 international agreements and instruments and 24 organizations. It includes information on the mandates involved, major provisions or activities, decision-making bodies, related agreements and activities, administration, and contact information.

"Environmentally sound management of chemicals is the necessary basis for protecting public health and the environment in the increasingly global economy,"said Klaus Toepfer, UNEP Executive Director. "This report will strengthen our ability to share information and make the international activities involving chemicals more coherent and efficient."

The report is an excerpt from the presentation made on international chemical management activities to the 20th Session of the UNEP Governing Council in February 1999, reformatted for ease of use. Annexes include the Governing Council Decision (19/13D) requesting the report and the related discussion of options for enhancing coherence and efficiency.

Copies of the document - "International Activities Related to Chemicals" - are available free of charge from UNEP Chemicals, International Environment House, 11-13 chemin des Anemones, CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland. The report will be updated annually and available on the UNEP Chemicals homepage (

Note to journalists:
Additional data and documents are available via the Internet
( For followup or to arrange interviews, please contact:
James B. Willis,
UNEP Chemicals,
at tel: (+41 22) 917 81 83; fax: (+41 22) 797 34 60;
e-mail: chemicals;
Linda Durkee,
Policy and Communications Advisor,
UNEP Chemicals,
tel: (+41 22) 917 85 11;

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