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The International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) decided in Resolution I/4 to establish the “Quick Start Programme"  with the objective to “support initial enabling capacity building and implementation activities in developing countries, least developed countries, small island developing States and countries with economies in transition.”

From 2006 until 2019 the Quick Start Programme supported 108 developing countries through 184 projects to produce and use chemicals in ways that minimise adverse impacts on the environment and human health.

An amount of 47.6 million USD was mobilised through the Fund. Projects addressed various aspects of chemicals management by different actors. Governments, regional economic integration organizations, intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, including industry, foundations, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, contributed to the QSP Fund. The Executive Board met regularly to oversee execution of the projects.

The projects portfolio included 54 least developed countries and small island developing States and 40 countries in Africa, 30 countries in Asia-Pacific, 28 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean and 10 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Projects have been multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral and addressed all three QSP strategic priorities.

The independent evaluation of the Quick Start Programme completed in September 2015, concluded that the Programme had demonstrably met, and in many cases exceeded, its objective of establishing enabling environments for the sound management of chemicals at the national levels. QSP projects have been successful in raising awareness and building institutional capacity for the sound management of chemicals at the national level, and projects have increasingly moved towards mainstreaming and multi-sectoral approaches in recent years.

  

About the programme

  • Factsheets and brochures
    Factsheet of The Quick Start Programme: 13 years of advancing sound chemicals management

    Factsheet of The Quick Start Programme: 13 years of advancing sound chemicals management

    The Quick Start Programme: 13 years of advancing sound chemicals management. Established in 2006 by the first International Conference on Chemicals Read More
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    Interactive visualisation of the Quick Start Programme implementation

    Interactive visualisation of the Quick Start Programme implementation

    Interactive visualisation of the Quick Start Programme implementation in 108 developing countries through 184 projects to produce and use Read More
  • Article
     Eco-innovating with Jordanian SMEs

    Eco-innovating with Jordanian SMEs

    The country is an emerging economy which has a large number of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). While the large industries in Jordan are better equipped with cleaner responsible production and chemicals management techniques, SMEs are often at a disadvantage owing to their limited time and financial resources, as well as the dissymmetry of information they can be exposed to. SMEs in the country are innovative and looking to find sustainable solutions and alternatives to hazardous chemicals to tackle the health-related and environmental consequences of improper chemical management. Read More
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    Supporting Costa Rica navigate the Higly Hazardous Pesticides path

    Supporting Costa Rica navigate the Higly Hazardous Pesticides path

    Costa Rica or ‘rich coast’ was named in the sixteenth century for the gold its indigenous people wore around their necks. Today the name remains fitting, though now it applies instead to the country’s abundance in natural riches. This relatively small country is home to more animal species per hectare than any other place on Earth. Yet Costa Rica has remained until relatively recently, one of the countries with the highest intensities of pesticide use in the world. Besides, many of the pesticides in use have been highly hazardous in terms of acute toxicity, chronic health risk and/or environmental contamination. Read More
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    Empowering Sri Lanka’s vital industries to manage chemicals the SMART way

    Empowering Sri Lanka’s vital industries to manage chemicals the SMART way

    Sri Lanka’s economy has been shaped in recent years by the industrial sectors of rubber, tourism, and textiles and apparels. Each of these industrial sectors is particularly important to the country from an economic perspective. Sri Lankan natural rubber is a raw material with global significance; textiles and apparel products account for over half of the country’s total exports; and tourism is rapidly growing, with the island being named Lonely Planet’s top destination for 2019. Though these industries provide financial benefits to the economy, they are not always managed with environmental sustainability in mind. Therefore, the potential to cause damage to human health and the environment exists. Read More
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    Women leaders and Quick Start Programme in the Balkans

    Women leaders and Quick Start Programme in the Balkans

    Women across the world have played a significant role in leading QSP projects since the inception of the programme in 2006. Among the projects that stand out, was one led by Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF) in the Balkans. WECF is a nonprofit network dedicated to a gender-just and healthy planet. It has been involved with several initiatives including projects funded by the Quick Start Programme Trust fund. This QSP project promoted the use of Ecosan toilets in rural Balkan areas. Read More
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    Equitable access to chemicals training through Electronic Distance Learning

    Equitable access to chemicals training through Electronic Distance Learning

    When a professional from a developing country needs to be trained in a specific skill, how do they access this training? With funding limitations and pressing demands on their time, flying overseas to receive a week or two of expert training can be prohibitively expensive, limiting access to crucial information. The Quick Start Programme (QSP) project tackled this problem in the field of chemicals management through the development of a ground-breaking electronic distance learning tool (eDLT) at the Chulbahorn Research Institute (CRI) in Thailand. Since its launch in 2014, it has broadened the accessibility of training in risk assessment, reaching over 400 users. Read More
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    Improving food security in Lesotho through the proper use of herbicides

    Improving food security in Lesotho through the proper use of herbicides

    Food security has long been a challenge in Lesotho, and with a growing population, the onset of climate change and the prospect of increased drought, it requires refocused attention. One of the strategies employed by the Government to increase crop yields has been to promote the use of herbicides, and drought-resistant ‘no-till’ farming techniques. However, the success of these programmes is critically limited by a lack of knowledge of the proper use of herbicides among smallholder farmers, staff and agro-dealers. Read More
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    Mali and Senegal communities monitoring pesticides

    Mali and Senegal communities monitoring pesticides

    Have you ever thought on the difficulties faced in many developing countries in the use of synthetic pesticides? Do you know that Africa is one of the regions where pesticides cause the most damage to rural populations? The communities living and working with pesticides in poor rural areas are at greatest risk from health effects of these chemicals. The risks these communities take are exacerbated by the circumstances of their relative poverty, lack of effective regulation systems, illiteracy and limited availability of appropriate information and training. Read More
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    SAICM Informs Consumers' choice in Serbia

    SAICM Informs Consumers' choice in Serbia

    “We are aware of the benefits of the current time we live in. Today we can choose a similar toy from various producers, however, we do not usually take into consideration on the chemical composition and its possible harmful effects. This campaign reminded me to think twice before I buy a new toy for my child, and to choose smartly”, said one mother during the “The fight to know!” campaign". The Quick Start Programme project “Capacity Building and Strategic Partnerships for Chemicals Safety in the Republic of Serbia” strengthened capacities and collaboration of competent authorities in charge of chemicals management, human health and consumers’ protection, civil society organizations and other stakeholders. It has enabled better implementation of legislation on chemicals and raised the public awareness.  Read More