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Safe Planet Campaign

I. Basic structure II. Principles and objectives
III. Branding
IV. Communication
V. Funding and reporting

I. Basic structure

The Safe Planet Campaign is a UN-led initiative, but is founded on the basis of partnerships. The basic structure of the Safe Planet Campaign consists of three components: The Safe Planet Campaign Secretariat, the Friends of Safe Planet, and participating organizations and individuals.

The Safe Planet Campaign secretariat is composed of one representative of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariats each and 3 Co-chairs, making the Safe Planet secretariat a total of six members. Thus its membership is by nomination and closed. This group is charged with strategic planning of the campaign, overseeing specific initiatives, and monitoring and reporting on the success of the Campaign.

The Friends of Safe Planet provide advice to the Safe Planet Campaign secretariat and may be invited by Co-chairs or the Executive Secretaries of the Conventions to provide needed services. It is anticipated in the structure outlined below that Co-chairs and Executive Secretaries select members of the Friends Group and consult each other to keep its membership within a reasonable operational size.

Participating organizations and individuals may undertake initiatives under the Safe Planet Campaign umbrella through their acceptance of Safe Planet Campaign principles and objectives. This group is wide-open and the Campaign aims to create a rapid expansion of this group and of initiatives undertaken by organizations and individuals. The group should implement new ideas and keep rolling the ball for Safe Planet Campaign.

All members of the Safe Planet Campaign shall agree to the principles and objectives of the Campaign.

a. Secretariat

  • Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions secretariats will jointly represent the UN within the Safe Planet Campaign secretariat. UNEP and FAO act as the Campaign’s host organizations.
  • 3 Co-Chairs of the Campaign are selected by Executive Secretaries of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, preferably drawn from developed countries, countries with emerging economies and developing countries, and each with a specific thematic focus (e.g. Art, Politics, Sports). Co-chairs act as spokespersons for the campaign, contribute to Campaign strategies, and may undertake specific complementary initiatives and implement them with the assistance of producing partners and consultants.

b. Friends of Safe Planet (advisors, consultants and producing partners)

  • Serve as advisors to the Executive Secretaries, pro bono or as consultants and producing partners
  • Serve as advisors to the Co-Chairs, by their invitation
  • May be contracted by the Co-Chairs or the Conventions' Secretariats to provide specific services
  • Can run or contribute to major Safe Planet events, projects and other outreach activities
  • Selection of new members to this group needs to be consulted with the Safe Planet Campaign secretariat, in reference to agreed criteria. with the aim of keeping the group within a reasonable size
  • Can use the association with Safe Planet on their website, on e-mails to create awareness in silent manner.

c. Participating organizations and individuals

  • Adhere to Safe Planet Campaign principles and objectives
  • Undertake initiatives in support of Safe Planet Campaign objectives
  • May sponsor or provide in-kind contributions to Safe Planet Campaign initiatives
  • Report on the outcomes of their initiatives to the Safe Planet Campaign secretariat
  • May be recognized for their contributions and active participation by the Safe Planet Campaign
  • Organise small events with the help of private sector and local media to give maximum visibility to the campaign. Use the logo inevents organized by the organization to give visibility to the campaign
  • Prepare short reports containing the activities where Safe Planet Campaign was promoted
  • Work together, if appropriate, in outreach and other projects to enhance global, regional, national and local awareness raising and knowledge.
All advisors, consultants, producing partners and other organizations and individuals undertaking initiatives in support of the Safe Planet Campaign objectives are entitled to use the Safe Planet name and visual identity (e.g. logo), provided they adhere to the Safe Planet Campaign principles.

The Safe Planet Campaign secretariat may receive reports of alleged non-compliance with Campaign principles and objectives by other organizations and individuals undertaking initiatives and call for their review by peers selected by the Campaign Secretariat. If the allegation of non-compliance is confirmed, the Campaign Secretariat will suggest appropriate actions to rectify the initiative, or disassociate the Campaign from the non-compliant initiative.

The Safe Planet Campaign secretariat may invite public figures to support the Campaign.

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II. Principles and objectives

The Safe Planet Campaign aims to raise global awareness of the risks posed by hazardous chemicals and wastes to human health and the environment throughout the life-cycle of chemicals, and the solutions offered by instruments and practices of sound chemicals management, and thereby to move the chemicals and waste agenda higher in the international arena.

It promotes awareness-raising initiatives among all levels of society, from Government, industry and educational institutions, to community-led initiatives, grassroots organizations, and the decisions of individual households and consumers. It promotes understanding of individual and shared responsibilities to achieve chemical safety.

The Safe Planet Campaign strives to trigger a domino effect among diverse public and private organizations including from civil society that conduct outreach on behalf of the Campaign, in order to raise global awareness of chemicals and waste issues and the solutions offered by instruments and practices of sound chemicals management.

Global initiatives, inter alia, Agenda 21, the Millennium Development Goals and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and international instruments, including the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, will serve as the framework for identifying and prioritizing activities under the Safe Planet Campaign.

Activities undertaken within the framework of Safe Planet Campaign should adhere to the guiding principles, rules, management and operational structure of the Campaign. To be eligible, Safe Planet activities and events must address at least one of the Campaign’s objectives and not run counter to any of the other Campaign objectives.

The Safe Planet Campaign will be global in scope but incorporate extensive regional and national actions.

The ultimate goal of the Campaign is the protection of human health, and the environment from the harmful effects of toxic chemicals and wastes thus contributing to development of communities able to address the risks posed by hazardous chemicals and wastes in a sustainable manner.

The principles and objectives of the Campaign are:

a. Core Values

All participants in the Safe Planet Campaign must abide by:

Integrity
Demonstrate the values of the Safe Planet Campaign in daily activities and behaviors, act without consideration of personal gain, resist undue political pressure in decision-making, do not abuse power or authority, stand by decisions that are in the Campaign's interest, and take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behavior.

Professionalism
Show pride in work and in achievements, demonstrate professional competence, be conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, and be motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.

Respect for Diversity/Gender
Respect initiatives undertaken on behalf of the Safe Planet Campaign by people from all backgrounds, demonstrate a collaborative spirit for the success of the Campaign, treat all people with dignity and respect, treat men and women equally, show respect for and understanding of diverse points of view, and do not discriminate against any individual or group.

b. Principle of eligibility of initiatives

The initiatives undertaken by participating organizations and individuals shall conform to one or more and should not conflict with any of the below-mentioned Safe Planet Campaign objectives, to be eligible to be part of the Safe Planet Campaign.

c. Objectives

The Safe Planet Campaign is committed to work towards:

  • achieving chemical safety and thereby assisting in fighting poverty, protecting vulnerable groups, advancing public health, human security and social well being
  • respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, understanding and respecting ecosystem integrity and addressing the gap between the current reality and our ambition to elevate global efforts to achieve the sound management of chemicals and wastes
  • promoting the sound management of chemicals and hazardous wastes throughout their lifecycle;
  • realizing the benefits of chemistry, including green chemistry, for improved standards of living, public health and protection of the environment, and continuing to work together to promote the safe production and use of chemicals
  • strengthening the capacities of all concerned to achieve the sound management of chemicals and hazardous wastes at all levels, especially of developing countries and countries with economies in transition
  • promoting the development of safer alternative products and processes, including non-chemical alternatives
  • working towards effective and efficient governance of chemicals management by means of transparency, public participation and accountability involving all sectors of society, in particular striving for the equal participation of women in chemicals management
  • making widely available data and information on health and environmental effects of chemicals to promote safe use of chemicals and the products made from them
  • recognizing the need to make special efforts to protect those groups in society that are particularly vulnerable to risks from hazardous chemicals and wastes or are highly exposed to them
  • protecting children and the unborn child from chemical exposures and wastes that impair their future lives
  • preventing illegal traffic in hazardous chemicals and chemical products and wastes
  • promoting the sound management of chemicals and hazardous waste as a priority in national, regional and international policy frameworks, including strategies for sustainable development, development assistance and poverty reduction
  • cooperating fully in an open, inclusive, participatory and transparent manner in the realization of the objectives of the Safe Planet Campaign
  • promoting the programmes of work of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.

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III. Branding

Safe Planet will develop its own logo and visual identity, as part of its brand strategy. Any initiative undertaken under the umbrella of the Safe Planet Campaign shall be entitled to use the logo and visual identity, in accordance with the published brand identity guidelines. The logo and visual identity of the Safe Planet Campaign can also be used in conjunction with the logos of the UN, UNEP, FAO, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, subject to prior authorization by the respective organizations, as appropriate.

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IV. Communication

The secretariats of the conventions will launch and maintain a closed social networking platform of the Safe Planet Campaign to facilitate collaboration between members of groups participating in the Campaign. A public Safe Planet website will be incorporated into the joint web portal of the 3 conventions. Safe Planet will continue developing options for communication through new social media, such as Facebook, TED, Twitter, YouTube etc.

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V. Funding and reporting

The SafePlanet Campaign Secretariat will develop and make available through the Campaign public website guidance materials and protocols to support co-chairs and participating organizations fund raising efforts.

a. Conventions secretariats

  • Adopt sponsorship strategy and outreach packet
  • Raise funds for the Safe Planet Campaign
  • Provide seed funding to the Campaign
  • Coordinate fund-raising activities within the Safe Planet Campaign secretariat
  • Facilitate auditing and reporting of Campaign financial and in-kind resources

b. Co-Chairs

  • Raise funds from donors and other sponsors
  • Report on the use of funding made to the Safe Planet Campaign secretariat
  • Propose fund raising activities by implementing innovative ideas
  • Propose mega events and initiate partnerships for giving the visibility to campaign
  • Collaborate in existing events in minimum cost to UNEP.

c. Participants

  • Fund own activities and raise funds from donors and other sponsors
  • May sponsor or provide in-kind contributions to the Campaign
  • Plan activities at school level, community level
  • Try to initiate and publicize the campaign through local media
  • Initiate partnerships for the campaign at other events
  • Seek for public-private partnerships and support.
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