In order to promote social development Cambodia, as well as other developing countries, has significant sectoral economic improvement including agriculture, industry and health. These sectors development activities have demanded high volume of chemicals uses, particularly in the last 10 years. All chemical substances imported have been distributed to different places and different sectoral users. Therefore, the import of chemicals, and the data and information concerning its use, have been maintained at different institutions.
Cambodia has no centralized source for chemicals data and information, and currently lacks a national document. The lack of information and data collection has created problems for chemical management in Cambodia, particularly in ensuring technical management to protect public health and maintain a safe environment. After Cambodia’s signing of the Stockholm Convention on POPs in May 23, 2001 the country affirmed its full commitment to cooperation with the international community in reducing, eliminating and managing POPs as regulated by the provisions of the convention based on the capacity of the country.
Since Cambodia is a least developed country, the Royal Government of Cambodia has received financial assistance from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the United Nation Environmental Program (UNEP) for the preparation of the national plan for implementation of the Stockholm Convention, which will be undertaken from 2003 through 2005. The United Nations Environmental Programme suggested that Cambodia should pay attention to chemicals data collection (including POPs) in order to support chemicals management actions for safe public health and environment in the preparation of their national action plan. Cambodia currently has no National Profile on Chemicals Management. In response to the reccomendations of UNEP, the Ministry of Environment, with the support from main line ministries have prepared this national profile under supervision from the National Consultant and technical consultation provided by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). This action is considered part of the project preparation towards a national plan to implement the Stockholm Convention.
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