Partnering for progress
The International POPs Elimination Project is a clear reflection of emerging partnerships at all levels, global, regional and national. Some of the key organizations partnering on the Project globally are:
The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) is an independent financial organization that helps fund projects and programs related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. The Stockholm Convention designated the GEF to be the financial institution connected to the Treaty in 2001.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) informs and enables countries and peoples to protect the environment and improve their quality of life without compromising future generations. UNEP convened the negotiations leading to the Stockholm Convention. UNEP is the Project Implementing Agency with final responsibility for Project oversight, monitoring, and evaluation.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) helps developing countries and countries with economies in transition to mobilize knowledge, skills, information, and technology to promote product employment, a competitive economy and a sound environment. Promoting cleaner and sustainable industrial development is a key area of concentration. UNIDO has a closer management relationship to the Project. UNIDO holds IPEP GEF funds, and disburse money to various NGOs around the world who have agreed to perform Project Activities.
The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) conducts training programs in multilateral diplomacy, social and economic development, chemicals and waste management, climate change, and environmental law.
The Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape (SAEFL) is the federal government’s centre of environmental expertise and is part of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications. Its main responsibilities are to provide a scientific basis for environmental protection measures; draft laws and ordinances; promote sustainable development; implement environmental protection measures in cooperation with cantonal authorities, industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other players; and to promote global cooperation through involvement in international environmental bodies.
The International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) is a global network of NGOs in fields such as public health, environmental protection and others. The network emerged during the negotiation of the Stockholm Convention on POPs and has since expanded its scope to more generally advocate and work in support of policies and practices that will globally advance chemical safety objectives. IPEN works with participating NGOs and civil society organizations in 65 countries. While the network is global in its scope, the primary focus is on the needs and interests of societies with developing economies and with economies in transition.
The Environmental Health Fund (EHF) has the lead responsibility for global aspects of Project management. As Executing Agency, EHF is legally responsible to UNEP and UNIDO for successful Project execution in conformity with the terms of the approved Project Brief. At the same time, EHF remains politically responsible to the IPEN Steering Committee in its execution of IPEP global management functions. The main roles of EHF in Global Project management are: coordinating the work of the Regional Hubs; guaranteeing that the Hubs, the Expert Teams, the Project Website and other elements of IPEP are functioning and performing properly; coordinating with other NGOs who have been funded to provide IPEP co-financed Project services or support; ensuring IPEN Steering Committee oversight and involvement in the Project; and managing Project interface with UNIDO and UNEP.
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