The Rotterdam Convention’s programme of work during the period 2020-2021 was adopted at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the financing and budget for the biennium 2020-2021 is contained in the decision RC-9/17 and the implementation of the technical assistance plan for the period 2020-2021 is in decision RC-9/8.

The program of work addresses specific activities and needs identified by Parties relevant for meeting the basic obligations under the Convention. It builds on previously undertaken Technical Assistance activities, and in particular on the development of national plans for the implementation of the Convention. The Program of work for the delivery of Technical Assistance in 2020-2021 contains a series of activities organized in key categories. Among these categories and activities, the Conference of the Parties also agreed on priorities identified by countries for the delivery of Technical Assistance.

Key categories and priority areas for the delivery of Technical Assistance program

1. Training workshops on risk evaluation of hazardous chemicals and pesticides and on notifications of Final Regulatory Action (FRAs).

2. Training workshops to support parties to prepare Import Responses and on compliance with Export Notification requirements for chemicals addressed by the Rotterdam Convention.

3. Training workshops on integrated approach for pesticide management and on the identification of Severely Hazardous Pesticide Formulations (SHPF) at the national level.