Cambodia Launches Chemicals Management Initiative Supported By Sweden

The Cambodian government launched its project here Friday aiming at integrating chemicals management into the country’s development planning process, said a press release from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
    The Sound Chemicals Management Project, supported by the government of Sweden and the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate for a two-year period, will assess the management of chemicals regimes and put in place a plan to address gaps in the national regime, said the release.
    It also aims to improve the incorporation of chemicals management priorities and procedures into the national development discourse and planning agenda, it added.
    “Cambodia is not a producer of chemical substances. We are merely a consumer. Therefore, we have to carefully review the management of the substances in order to protect our people’s health and environment,” Khieu Muth, secretary of state at the Cambodian Ministry of Environment, was quoted as telling a workshop to launch the project.
    Sophia Baranes, UNDP deputy country director for Cambodia, told the workshop that “chemicals play a part in almost all human activities and are a major contributor to national economies. But when they are not properly managed, they can put human health, ecosystems and national economy at risk.”
    The UNDP and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) are working to support the Cambodian Ministry of Environment in implementing the project through a common partnership initiative that is also being carried out in six other countries selected to pilot a new approach to implementing chemicals management into the development of related countries.

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