Initial meeting with key stakeholders for implementation of the activities aimed at enabling synergy and strategical management of chemicals and waste

Date: 28.09.2020
Place: ZOOM (online)
No. of Participants: 25

  • Suzana Andonova, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning/POPs Unit
  • Aleksandar Mickovski, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning/POPs Unit
  • Lendita Dika, State Advisor, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning
  • Ana Karanfilovska, Head of Department for Waste Management, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning
  • Emilija Kjupeva, Head of Division on chemicals and industrial chemicals
  • Fana Hristovska, National expert on legal issues
  • Marjan Mihajlov, National expert on institutional issues

In spite of the global pandemic, the first event took place online on the 28.09.2020, aiming at introducing all nominated representatives from the relevant institutions on the four international agreements (Stockholm, Rotterdam, Basel and Minamata Convention) and SAICM, including the projects related to these agreements that have already been implemented. Additionally, the national consultants on legal and institutional issues have shared with the participants the necessity and goals of forming working group, having them as members.
Following a short discussion, participants reached an agreement on the next steps in order to commence the planned working activities.

All of the Participants
Event Meeting

Initial assessment of mercury inventory in the Republic of North Macedonia

Financed by: Global Enviroment Facility
Implementation Agency: UNEP
Implementation Partner: Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning / POPs Unit
Launched: February, 2016
Duration of Project: 24 Months

As part of the obligation of the Republic of North Macedonia towards the Minamata Convention for Mercury, a project suggestion was drafted, in cooperation with UNEP, as intial assessment of the current mercury inventory in the country.

In order to get involved in the global actions with regards to safe mercury management, the governing institutions in North Macedonia, have taken their first steps, including: locating the mercury storage and identifying the sources of mercury, so as to collect data on the production processes where mercury is used, asses the existing policy. This is for the purpose of identify the main financial resources and mechanisms to build capacitates that will provide safe management of the mercury.


Strengthening institutional capacities for mainstreaming quadruple synergy schemes in implementation of the National Action Plans (NAPs) for implementation of SAICM and inclusion of Minamata convention

Financed by: Special Programme Trust Fund, UN Environment
Implementation Agency: Resource Environment Center (REC) – North Macedonia
Implementation Partner: Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning / POPs Unit
Launched: June, 2020
Duration of Project: 30 Months

This Project aims at enhancing the strength of the institutional capacities, with regards to integrated coordination, cooperation, synergy of the implementation of legally binding International Agreements: Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Namely, the main objective is to perform gap-analysis and situation report on the current state of chemicals and waste management and define a coordinative body responsible for coordinating the development, adoption and enforcement of policy, legislation and regulation which should establish framework for the joint implementation of the quadruple scheme and SAICM.

The Project was approved on the Third Meeting of the Executive Board of the special Programme, held in Nairobi, Kenya, in December 2017. It has officially launched in June, 2020 and it will be finalized in January, 2023, upon ensuring sustainability of the established coordinative division.

More specific objectives of the Project are:

  • Definition and establishment of the National Coordination Mechanism, represented by all involved institutions, responsible of forming working group
  • Review of the national institutional and legal structure for chemicals and waste management, performed by the working group
  • Training component for the institutional representatives on the legal and institutional aspects linked with the implementation of the chemicals and waste
  • Mainstreaming of the priorities for strengthening institutions for chemicals and waste management and quadruple synergy scheme in the national chemical and waste planning (2021-2026), including update of the National Action Plan on SAICM
  • Define Terms of Reference of the separate division responsible for joint implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Minamata Convention and SAICM, established under the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning and its incorporation within the updated NAP.

Full support and participation is expected from multiple institutions such as:

  • Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning
  • State Inspectorate for Environment
  • Ministry of Health
  • Institute for Public Health
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Forestry and Water Economy
  • Ministry of Economy
  • Ministry of Finance/Customs Administration
  • Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • Industry
  • NGOs and
  • Academia


SAICM Project

Financed by: SAICM QSP (Quick Start Program) Trust Fund.
Implementation agency: UNDP
Implementing Partner: Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning/POPs Unit
Budget: 248.400$
Approved: October, 2006
Launched: 10 April, 2008.
Duration of Project: 24 months

The SAICM Project in North Macedonia was approved by the Trust Fund Implementation Committee among the first three eligible countries in October, 2006 and was launched in April 2008 upon the signing of the Agreement by the Ministry of the Environment and Physical Planning as an Implementing Partner and the UNDP Resident representative as an Implementing Agency.

The main goal of the project is to support the Government:

  • to assess its sound management of chemicals (SMC) regime
  • to put a plan to begin addressing gaps in the national regime, and
  • to help improve the incorporation of national sound management of chemicals into the national development planning agenda.

More specific objectives of the project are:

  • development of an Initial National Situation Report and gathering of data on areas of high/risk/exposure for the environment and human health within the country;
  • qualification of links between priority major chemicals problem areas and human health and environmental quality in the country, and quantification of the costs of inaction/benefits of action in planning/finance/economic language regarding major chemical management problem areas;
  • identification of the areas of its national SMC governance regime that need strengthening most urgently and development of a realistic phased plan to address these needs;
  • strengthening its national capacity relative to SMC and enhance general knowledge and understanding on SMC issues amongst decision makers, managers, the industry, NGOs and the public;
  • proposing a path forward for our country to mainstream the highest priority SMC issues in our country’s development planning processes and plans and prepare a strategic national document which will express Government commitment towards the implementation of environmentally sound chemicals management;
  • development and formulation of a National Plan on the implementation of SAICM’s Global Plan of Action.

This project is implemented in collaboration with UNEP as part of UNDP/UNEP “Partnership Initiative for the integration of SMC Considerations into Development Planning Processes”.

Four major value-added features of the Strategic Approach, relative to the international management of chemicals work that preceded it, are:

  • A strengthened focus on improved cross-sectoral governance for the sound management of chemicals** at the national and local levels (i.e. rather than addressing chemicals on a chemical-by-chemical for chemicals class basis exclusively);
  • An acknowledgement that the sound management of chemicals is essential for achievement of sustainable development, including the eradication of poverty and disease, the improvement of human health and the environment and the elevation and maintenance of the standard of living in countries at all levels of development;
  • Recognition that for sound management of chemicals to be advanced significantly beyond the pre-SAICM situation, there will need to be much stronger links established with the development planning priorities, processes and plans of developing countries with the goal of integrating chemicals management into development planning (ICDP) and,
  • Addressing, in a more comprehensive / holistic manner, the increasing gap in the capacity of developed and developing countries to manage risks posed by chemicals.

Through this project the country also could serve as an example that will help donor (QSP trust Fund) and recipient countries to better assess how to mobilize and target additional resources for implementation of SAICM going forward. For this reason, this project advances the country’s national objectives in the implementation of SAICM and will allow the country to contribute replicable examples that will benefit other countries under SAICM.