About POPS

Kenya signed the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants on 17 May 2004 and ratified it on 23rd December 2004. The objective of this convention is to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants. The convention was established to regulate the use of organic chemicals known to cause toxic reaction, persist for long periods in the environment, travel many kilometers and cause long-term consequences both to humans and environment which were never intended. The most popular of these chemicals are those popularly referred to as persistent organic pollutants include:

  1. PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls),
  2. Dioxins and furans (polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins or PCDDs, and polychlorinated dibenzofurans or PCDFs)
  3. Nine pesticides (Aldrin, Chlordane, DDT, Dieldrin, Endrin, Heptachlor, Mirex, Hexachlorobenzene, and Toxaphene) .

Sound Chemicals Management Mainstreaming and UPOPs Reduction project

The Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes is an important component of UNDP’s efforts to achieve sustainable, inclusive and resilient human development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP advocates for integrating chemicals management priorities into national environmental and poverty reduction planning frameworks, helps countries access financial and technical resources, and provides assistance and implementation support to improve the holistic management of chemicals and waste at national, regional and global levels.

Sound Chemicals Management Mainstreaming and UPOPs Reduction in Kenya project intends to protect human health and the environment by managing the risks posed by production, use, import and export of chemicals and reducing/preventing the release of UPOPs (Unintended Persistent Organic Pollutants) and toxic compounds originating from the unsafe management of waste in two key sectors: Health Care Waste and Municipal Waste. These sectors are among the highest priorities identified in the reviewed and updated National Implementation Plan.

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