Special Programme

Special Programme

The Special Programme provides support to developing countries and countries with economies in transition to enhance their sustainable institutional capacity to develop, adopt, monitor and enforce policy, legislation and regulation for effective frameworks for the implementation of the Minamata Convention, the BaselRotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).


In June 2014 the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) adopted the terms of reference for a Special Programme in Resolution UNEA 1/5. The resolution requested the establishment of the Special Programme and its Trust Fund as well the provision of a Secretariat to deliver administrative support to the Programme.

Eligibility for support from the Special Programme

Support from the Special Programme is available for developing countries, taking into account the special needs of least developed countries and small island developing States, and for countries with economies in transition, with priority given to those with least capacity.

More information on the Special Programme and how to submit an application to the Special Programme is available here.

Applying for funding through the Special Programme

Governments that are interested in submitting an application are invited to prepare their project application in consultation with ministries and stakeholders to identify national priorities, gaps and challenges to facilitate and enable the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.

 Here you will find all the relevant information on the application rounds.