The goal of the WSSD Global Partnership for Capacity Building to Implement the GHS is to strengthen capacities at all levels and sectors--in particular in developing countries--to ensure a higher degree of chemical labelling and related precautionary measures for industrial chemicals, agricultural chemicals, chemicals in transport and consumer chemicals. Dangerous chemicals traded internationally and produced locally are to be appropriately classified and labelled in accordance with the GHS by the year 2008. In the medium- and long-term, the Partnership is expected to lead to a decrease in environmental and human health related effects attributable to the use of hazardous chemicals.
The recently adopted Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) has the ultimate goal of ensuring that information on chemical hazards--such as labels and safety data sheets--is made available to workers and consumers in a harmonized and understandable format in countries around the world. The preparations for and convening of the World Summit on Sustainable Development catalyzed the development of "Type 2 Partnerships", which were intended to enable all stakeholders to make a concrete contribution to the outcomes of the WSSD. The Global Partnership for Capacity Building to Implement the GHS was launched by UNITAR, ILO, and OECD in 2002.
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