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UNEP Guidance - Risk Reduction Tools for Chemicals Control
United Nations Environment Programme

This guidance document aims to support technical government officials who are working to build government capacity for reducing the potential risk to human health and the environment from chemicals.


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2019
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UNEP Guidance - Enforcement of Chemicals Control Legislation
United Nations Environment Programme

This guidance document builds upon an earlier United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publication, Guidance on the Development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures and Measures for Recovering Costs of National Administration for Sound Management of Chemicals (LIRA Guidance). It provides guidance on how to ensure effective compliance with rules and regulations.


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2019
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Quick Start Guide for Managing Mercury Trade in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining
United Nations Environment Programme

This guide for managing mercury trade in ASGM has been developed as part of UN Environment Global Mercury Partnership technical support to countries developing NAPs, in response to requests from countries. The guide provides an overview of the current state of knowledge on mercury supply, demand and trade. Furthermore, it aims to familiarize the reader with the provisions relevant to mercury trade in the Minamata Convention. Finally, it suggests practical steps to understand mercury trade at the national level and recommends approaches to developing the National Action Plan strategy to manage mercury trade in ASGM.


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2018
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Procedure for Air Monitoring using Active Air Samplers (HVS)
United Nations Environment Programme

“Sampling methods for air and QA/QC procedures should, as far as possible, be adopted from existing air monitoring programmes1 for POPs, but they will need to be adapted to and validated for the specific conditions, concentration levels and temperature at the sampling sites.” This document therefore comprises, as a contribution to the capacity building efforts under the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention by the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in the Czech Republic, a description of the operation procedure and methodology for sampling of ambient air by active sampler as a first attempt to bring key steps into one document. As there are several monitoring programmes, each of them using different type of active sampler, we are hereby describing a case study example of the device Leckel MVS-6 (middle volume sampler) used in the sampling sites in Africa.


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2018
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Procedure for the Analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Environmental and Human Matrices to Implement the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention Protocol 1: The Analysis of Perfluorooctane Sulfonic Acid (PFOS) in Water and Perfluorooctane Sulfonamide (FOSA) in Mothers’ Milk, Human Serum and Air, and the Analysis of Some Perfluorooctane Sulfonamides (FOSAS) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonamido Ethanols (FOSES) in Air
United Nations Environment Programme
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2015
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Procedure for the Analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Environmental and Human Matrices to Implement the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention Protocol 3: Protocol for the Analysis of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) in Human Milk, Air and Human Serum
United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Monitoring Plan of the Stockholm Convention sets a framework for the analysis of
persistent organic pollutants (POPs); therein, the congeners recommended for analysis in the core
matrices are listed (see chapter 2 of the “Guidance on the global monitoring plan for persistent
organic pollutants”, UNEP 2013). A protocol is needed to ensure that these compounds are always
analysed correctly in various laboratories and in the same way. This procedure covers polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).
The present protocol describes the method for sample preparation, extraction, purification and analysis of eight PBDE that are recommended for analysis (see Table 1) in human milk, human serum and air according to the GMP.


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2014
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Financing the Climate Co-Benefits of the HCFC Phase-out: A Guide for Low Volume Consuming Countries
United Nations Environment Programme

This document provides guidance for Ozone Officers in low volume HCFC consuming countries (LVCs) to help them understand how to seek financing outside of the Montreal Protocol’s Multilateral Fund to achieve the climate co-benefits indicated in their national
HCFC Phase-out Management Plans (HPMPs).


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2014
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Procedure for the Analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Environmental and Human Matrices to Implement the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention Protocol 2: Protocol for the Analysis of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) and Organochlorine Pesticides (OCP) in Human Milk, Air and Human Serum
United Nations Environment Programme

The Global Monitoring Plan of the Stockholm Convention sets a framework for the analysis of
persistent organic pollutants (POPs); therein, the congeners recommended for analysis in the core
matrices are listed (see chapter 2 of the “Guidance on the global monitoring plan for persistent
organic pollutants”, UNEP 2013). A protocol is needed to ensure that these compounds are always
analysed correctly in various laboratories and in the same way.
This procedure covers polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) and organochlorine pesticides (OCP). The
present protocol describes the method for sample preparation, extraction, purification and analysis
of six indicator PCB and OCPs (see Table 1) in human milk, human serum and air.


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2014
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International Standards in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning: An Introduction to their Role in the Context of the HCFC Phase-out in Developing Countries
United Nations Environment Programme

This guide is intended to provide an introduction to standards and how they can be useful in supporting the adoption of alternatives in the context of the HCFC phase-out in developing countries. It also includes an overview of existing standards related to HCFCs and their
alternatives, barriers to alternatives, the process of the adoption of international and regional standards at the national level, barriers to the adoption and how to overcome them.


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PFAS Analysis in Water for the Global Monitoring Plan of the Stockholm Convention: Set-up and Guidelines for Monitoring
United Nations Environment Programme

The aim of this guidance is to provide an overview of challenges regarding analysis of the per- and
polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS), focusing on PFOS in the water column and to set guidelines for
international monitoring programs under GMP of the Stockholm Convention.


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