April 2019: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published a report that highlights the results, lessons learned and human impact from eight GEF-funded UNDP projects to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).The report titled, ‘Sound Chemicals and Waste Management,’ groups the projects under four categories: healthcare waste management, unintentional POPs, PCB management and industrial POPs.

The healthcare waste management case studies look at: reducing unintentional POPs and mercury releases from the health sector in Ghana, Madagascar, Tanzania and Zambia; updating National Implementation Plans (NIPs), integration of POPs into national planning, and promoting sound healthcare waste management in Kazhakstan; and protecting human health and the environment from unintentional POPs and mercury as a result of disposal of healthcare waste in Kyrgyzstan.

On unintentional POPs, the case studies address: the reduction of POPs and persistent toxic substance releases by the environmentally sound life cycle management of electrical and electronic equipment and associated wastes in China; and reducing releases of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and unintentional POPs from unsound waste management and recycling practices and manufacturing of plastics in Indonesia.

Regarding PCB management, the report looks at: the development of national capacity for the environmentally sound management and disposal of PCBs in Colombia; and integrated and environmentally sound management of PCBs in Ecuador.

The final case study relates industrial POPs and the reduction of unintentional POPs in the secondary copper production sector in China.

The report helps identify the ways in which recipient communities feel that the projects are improving their livelihoods and protecting their health. The projects are linked to SDGs 3 (good health and well-being), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and 12 (responsible consumption and production).

They are also linked to UNDP Strategic Plan Output 1.3, which addresses solutions developed at the national and sub-national levels for the sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services, chemicals and wastes. [Publication: Sound Chemicals and Waste Management for Sustainable Development]