United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) invites Governments that are interested in submitting an application during the fifth round of applications, to prepare their project application in consultation with ministries and stakeholders to identify national priorities, gaps and challenges to facilitate and enable the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.
The Special Programme is designed to support country-driven institutional strengthening at the national level, in the context of an integrated approach to address the financing of the sound management of chemicals and wastes, taking into account the national development strategies, plans and priorities for each country, to increase sustainable public institutional capacity for the sound management of chemicals and wastes throughout their life cycle.
A Special Programme project:
- Is a country-driven project that is conceived and implemented by the applicant
- Builds long-term capacity in the relevant ministry or ministries
- Has a sustainable financing mechanism or a plan for ensuring long-term sustainability
- Focuses on multi-sectoral involvement
- Improves chemicals and waste management to mitigate negative impact
- Engages with private sector stakeholders
- Promotes an enabling environment to foster the ratification and implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and implementation of SAICM.
- Coordinates the implementation of policies, strategies and national programmes for the sound management of chemicals and waste
- Has a gender mainstreaming component and promotes consideration of gender and UNEP safeguards standards
- Emphasizes gender-disaggregated data collection where relevant
- The Special Programme Trust Fund may provide support from US$ 50,000 to US$ 250,000 per project proposal, including possible administration fees and monitoring and evaluation and financial audit. In certain circumstances, an applicant country may request up to a maximum of US$ 500,000.
- Projects requesting more than US$ 250,000 should fulfil additional criteria mentioned on the official website.
- Projects should be fully completed within three years.
- The expected outcome of the Special Programme is to strengthen the capacities of national institutions to do the following:
- Develop and monitor the implementation of national policies, strategies, programmes and legislation for the sound management of chemicals and waste;
- Promote the adoption, monitoring and enforcement of legislation and regulatory frameworks for the sound management of chemicals and waste;
- Promote the mainstreaming of the sound management of chemicals and waste into national development plans, national budgets, policies, legislation and implementation frameworks at all levels, including addressing gaps and avoiding duplication;
- Work in a multisectoral, effective, efficient, transparent, accountable and sustainable manner in the long term;
- Facilitate multisectoral and multi-stakeholder cooperation and coordination at the national level;
- Promote private sector responsibility, accountability and involvement;
- Promote the effective implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach;
- Promote cooperative and coordinated implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management at the national level.
Who can apply for funding?
- Eligible Governments can apply to the Special Programme.
- It is strongly encouraged that the Applicant Government only submits one application from the country based on the issue(s) identified as the most important national priorities for possible funding from the Special Programme Trust Fund.
- Support from the Special Programme is available for developing countries, taking into account the special needs of least developed countries and small island developing States, and for countries with economies in transition, with priority given to those with least capacity.
- Countries should also be on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of Official Development Assistance (ODA) at the time of application.
For more information, visit https://www.unep.org/explore-topics/chemicals-waste/what-we-do/special-programme/applying-funding-through-special