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Co-operation in intergovernmental organisations

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) collaborates with UNDP by providing funding and expertise for the programme “Mainstreaming sound management of chemicals into MDG-based national development plans”.

Contact: Ingela Andersson


United Nations Environment Progamme (UNEP)

The chemical unit (UNEP Chemicals) is working on policy issues, for instance developing global conventions and programmes, information exchange on hazardous chemicals and chemical risks, and capacity building in developing countries.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) takes part in work which is in progress in UNEP.

Contact: Maria Delvin (POPs), Lennart Dock (mercury, lead, cadmium)


United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)

The UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was established in 1992 at the Rio Summit to follow up the work to meet the commitments agreed at the Summits.

The CSD work programme is in a two-year work cycle and during 2010 and 2011 chemicals are one of the reviewed areas.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) takes part in the work related to chemicals, including reporting to the Swedish Government. At CSD18 in May 2010, KemI took part in arranging a side-event. Summary folder.

Contact: Maria Delvin


United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN ECE)

KemI participates in work under the UN ECE LRTAP Protocol on Heavy Metals.

KemI takes part in progress in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and its activities aimed at a globally harmonised system of classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS).

KemI is represented in UN working groups developing criteria for sensibilisation and chronic aquatic toxicity and in a joint UN and OECD group preparing a proposal for ways to implement GHS in national regulations.

Contacts: Lennart Dock, Petra Ekblom, Protocol on Heavy Metals


Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) takes part in work which is in process in the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and is represented in the FAO expert panel on pesticides.

The panel is an advisory body to FAO on issues regarding implementation and guidelines to the FAO Code of Conduct on Distribution and Use of Pesticides. The guidelines are particularly important to developing countries.

Contact: Ingela Andersson


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - building partnerships for progress

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) takes part in work which is in progress in working groups and task forces.

KemI is Swedish contact point and financial contributor to the chemicals programme within the OECD.

Contact: Sten-Åke Svensson


The international Maritime Organization (IMO) and the convention on antifouling systems

KemI takes part in work which is in progress under the convention.

In Sweden

From 1 January 2003, organotin compounds may not be placed on the Swedish market or used in biocidal applications.

In the EU

From 1 July 2003, organotin paints or paints containing organotin compounds may not be used on ships and oil rigs registered in or managed by an EU Member state. From 1 January 2008, such paint must either be removed or painted over.

The International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS)

 The IPCS is a joint programme between ILO, UNEP and WHO.  The central unit is hosted within WHO. The two main roles of the IPCS are to establish the scientific basis for the safe use of chemicals and to strengthen national capabilities and capacities for chemical safety.

KemI is financial contributor to the IPCS.

Contact: Ingela Andersson

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