Technical assistance is provided under the Rotterdam Convention to developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition in order to assist them in building and strengthening their capacity in terms of human resources, technical capacities, and policy, legal and institutional frameworks. It includes for instance the dissemination of information, training workshops ,and practical tools such as guidance documents. In short, it serves as a catalyzer for Parties to fulfill their obligations under the Convention with a view to protect human health and the environment from hazardous chemicals.
Capacity building is an essential component of the Convention that supports countries in the seven Prior Informed Consent ( PIC ) Regions under the Rotterdam Convention, namely Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Near East, North America and Southwest Pacific in strengthening their capacities in chemical and pesticide management. The Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention provides technical assistance in response to the needs expressed by Parties and is delivered at national, regional and global level, both with direct physical presence in the countries as well as through online platforms.
Cooperation with regional and national partners is an important element for delivering technical assistance in particular in field interventions and the Rotterdam Convention has established effective and strong collaborations through a multi-stakeholder approach.
With the continuous support of FAO, and with contributions from donor countries and other partners, the benefits and positive impacts of technical assistance have been a major input to strengthen national legislation frameworks for pesticides and industrial chemicals, particularly in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.
The success of the technical assistance program calls for the constant support from FAO. Its network of technical staff in five Regional Offices and nine Sub-regional Offices and other partners to further strengthen Parties’ capacities to effectively implement the Convention and to advance in their national efforts to protect human health and the environment in a sustainable way.