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SAICM secretariat

Institutional arrangements

In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 29 of the SAICM Overarching Policy Strateg,  resolution I/1of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) and decision SS.IX/1 of the UNEP Governing Council, UNEP and the World Health Organization (WHO) have lead roles in the secretariat in their respective areas of expertise. UNEP has overall administrative responsibility for the SAICM secretariat, which is co-located with the UNEP chemicals and wastes cluster in Geneva, Switzerland. The secretariat is integrated within the Chemicals Branch of the UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics. The secretariat works in coordination with the participating organization of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) and UNDP as well as other intergovernmental organizations.


The functions of the secretariat are listed in paragraph 28 of the SAICM Overarching Policy Strategy, as well as in ICCM resolution I/4. 

The OPS provides for the main functions to be performed by the secretariat, which are:

In addition, the ICCM resolution I/4 provides that the SAICM secretariat supports the operation of the QSP and its trust fund and its related functions are :