Delegates at the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Stockholm Convention brokered intensely to ensure consensus was reached. Negotiations finally culminated in a historic moment in Geneva, Switzerland during the early hours of Saturday, 9 May 2009.
In the run-up to the close, delegates heard statements by ministers and heads of delegation. They were also addressed by UNEP Executive Director, Mr. Achim Steiner during the Friday morning plenary session. The final day’s discussions involved various contact groups, which convened on financial resources and technical assistance, budget, and non-compliance throughout the day.
The afternoon plenary session was suspended to enable the technical assistance and financial resources contact groups to finalize their work. The pace of discussions intensified as plenary later reconvened at 12:30am. At 4:00 am, delegates reached a historic decision to list nine new chemicals under the Convention. Decisions on financial resources and other outstanding items were also agreed. COP4 President Moaiyeri brought the meeting to a close shortly before 5:00 am; realizing a momentous occasion which was warmly welcomed by resounding applause.