Needs Assessment

The four year technical assistance plan and the technical assistance programme of work activities of the Secretariat are developed on the basis of the technical assistance needs, identified by developing country Parties or Parties with economies in transition to implement the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

A wide range of information sources is considered, including information from previous programmes of work; feedback on the guidance on technical assistance under the Stockholm Convention; Parties’ responses to needs assessment questionnaires for each Convention; the individual requests by and formal correspondence with Parties, including import responses forms; national action plans under the Rotterdam Convention, national implementation plans under the Stockholm Convention, conclusions and recommendations from the effectiveness evaluation committee of the Stockholm Convention and from the review of the synergies arrangements; requests included in decisions of the conferences of the Parties and their subsidiary bodies; feedback from intersessional processes under the Conventions and needs identified through the Secretariat’s face-to-face and online activities, meetings and projects.

Priority Areas Identification

Identifying priorities is a challenging and important aspect of the needs assessment process. The priorities selected may be Convention specific or may cover elements of a national chemicals management system in general. In selecting an appropriate approach for priority setting, Parties with strong chemicals management infrastructures may consider focusing on specific chemicals or groups of chemicals causing concern. However, Parties with weak infrastructures may consider it more important to focus on developing the infrastructure elements of the national chemical and wastes management system.

Information Collection

The assessment of the technical assistance needs of developing countries and countries with economies in transition and the technical assistance available from developed countries and others, is performed in four-year intervals. The recent assessment was developed in follow-up to decisions RC-9/8; BC-14/18 and SC-9/14, adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions in 2019.

The results of these assessments will be taken into account by the Secretariat in the development of the technical assistance plan for the period 2022-2025 in order to better respond to the needs of developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition, also taking into account the technical assistance available from developed country Parties and others. The deadline for submitting the needs assessment questionnaires has been extended until 15 June 2020.

For national consultations, please find below the questionnaires in PDF-format. Please note that the final responses to the questionnaires must be sent to the Secretariat through the online questionnaires by the BC Focal Points, RC Official Contact Points and SC Official Contact Points with their respective login and passwords (to access the electronic questionnaire) sent by e-mail on 28 February 2020.

 

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Technical assistance needs assessment to implement the Rotterdam Convention - 2020284.39 K 305.37 K 293.93 K
Technical assistance needs assessment to implement the Stockholm Convention - 2020 (SC Part I)333 K 352.31 K 347.33 K
Technical assistance and technology transfer on offer to implement the Basel Convention - 2020332.25 K  
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