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UNITAR Chemicals and Waste Management Programme

UNITAR’s Chemicals and Waste Management Programme provides support to governments and stakeholders to strengthen their institutional, technical, and legal infrastructure and capacities for sound management of chemicals. The Programme has a rich experience in developing guidance and training material, to support countries’ needs, on topics like national waste management strategies, governance, National Profiles, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), action plan development, mercury, and pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs).

Consistent with its collaborative approach, UNITAR is a member of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) - a collaborative agreement between FAO, ILO, UNDP, UN Environment, UNIDO, UNITAR, WHO, the World Bank and the OECD. Likewise, UNITAR also works closely with recipient and donor countries in order to maximize the impact of its interventions.


PRTR Contacts

Jorge Ocaña, as a Manager of the CWM Programme in UNITAR, develops strategies and action plans to assist countries to address challenges posed by chemicals to human health and the environment.  More specifically, he has developed guidance materials and strategies to assist countries to assess their national situation on mercury and Persistent Organic Pollutant Management, linking reporting, dissemination of information and access to information under the Minamata and Stockholm Convention to PRTRs. 

During his career, Jorge has managed more than 70 chemicals related projects in developing countries and provided technical support on different chemicals management aspects to more than 35 countries. Jorge has also assisted Mexico and Chile to develop and implement their PRTR systems.  He has also led and contributed to the development of guidance materials and training modules on PRTRs.  Jorge has been recently appointed as the Chair of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of  Chemicals for the period 2017.  He holds a Degree on Biology and a Masters on Social Sciences and he is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Contact information: Jorge.OCANA@unitar.org


Andrea Cararo, has worked with the United Nations since 2014. In 2016, he has joined the Chemicals and Waste Management Programme at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) where he is involved in the coordination of a large and diverse portfolio of projects that address environmental pollution, sound management of chemicals and hazardous waste streams, including plastic waste and e-waste. Over the years, he developed technical and institutional capacity for the monitoring of specific pollutants, access to and dissemination of environmental information, public participation and synergies across the chemicals and waste conventions. Andrea holds a Master of Science (MSc) in European Economy and Business Law at University of  Rome Tor Vergata with a focus on International Law, Economics and Social Development, after having completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Roma Tre University. He is fluent in English and basic user of French, German and Spanish.

Contact information: Andrea.CARARO@unitar.org


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