SAICM Quick Start Programme Executive Board Agrees to Increase Funding Opportunities for NGOs

19 March 2013: During the eighth meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Quick Start Programme (QSP) Executive Board, the Board agreed to new fundraising targets, a reduction in the number of application rounds, and an allocation of QSP resources to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

The meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland. from 7-8 March. The Executive Board approved a Business Plan with a total fundraising target for the QSP of $40,289,445. The Board noted that this modest target should not disincentivize previously large donors, or new donors, to finance the QSP Trust Fund beyond the target.

The Executive Board also decided to reduce QSP funding rounds to only per year. It also decided to increase the maximum level of funding to NGO implemented projects from 10% of available funds to 20%.

The Board also discussed the need to conduct a Second Evaluation of the QSP and agreed to be presented to the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), scheduled to convene in 2015. [IISD RS Sources] [SAICM Website] [QSP Webpage]