The technical assistance activities of the Secretariat are developed on the basis of the 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 Secretariat’s database with 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.
Technical Assistance Needs Database
A database has been developed to centralize the collection of information related to needs of the Parties to implement the Conventions. The database allows for analysis of data on a regional and thematic basis. The needs are clustered into different areas such as convention specific details, technical, legal, coordination and cooperation, and information exchange. The database also allows the comparison of identified needs with those technical assistance activities that have already provided to each party, to monitor the progress and impact of the Technical Assistance programme.
The database has been developed with funding provided by the European Union.
Priority Areas Identification
Identifying priorities is a challenging and important aspect of the needs assessment. 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 a national chemical and wastes management system.
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 was developed as a follow-up to decisions (RC-7/7; BC-12/9 and SC-7/16) adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in 2015.
The results of these assessments have been taken into account by the Secretariat in the development of its technical assistance plan for the period 2018-2021 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.