Technical assistance plan

The four-year technical assistance plan is providing a general framework for supporting Parties, particularly developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition, in their implementation of the conventions.

The plan is developed by the Secretariat pursuant to the mandates set out in Article 16, paragraph 1 (g) of the Basel Convention, Article 19, paragraph 2 (b) of the Rotterdam Convention and Article 20, paragraph 2 (b) of the Stockholm Convention respectively and based on the technical assistance needs expressed by Parties.

The plan identifies interventions for the implementation of the conventions at national and regional level that are in line with the strategic directions and priorities set by Parties through their respective decisions.

The plan seeks to engage all relevant technical assistance providers, including Parties, non-Party States, Basel and Stockholm conventions regional centres, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), as well as their regional offices, and other relevant organizations for implementation of specific activities contained therein. The implementation of the plan is subject to the availability of resources.

Considering the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the technical assistance plan seeks to support Parties in integrating chemicals and wastes into national strategies for sustainable development. It also includes enabling activities that will support Parties to develop their statistical capacities on reporting with a view to making data and information available for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

To implement the plan, the Secretariat is cooperating with relevant actors, striving to attract the programming capacity and financial resources of relevant international organizations, considering the following guiding principles:

  • Fostering a strategic, coherent and coordinated approach to capacity development for the effective implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions in the context of a life-cycle approach for the environmentally sound management of chemicals and wastes,
  • Promoting the development and implementation of targeted, synergistic and integrated activities at the national, regional and international levels;
  • Facilitating the mobilization and leveraging of financial, technical and technological resources and expertise in support of developing country Parties, in particular least developed countries and small island developing States, as well as Parties with economies in transition.

Technical Assistance Plan for 2018-2021 can be accessed here.