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Parties can now submit their third national reports using the updated Electronic Reporting System.
Each Party is requested to submit its third national report to the Secretariat by 31 August 2014.
The Technical Assistance Newsletter provides information on the past, current and upcoming technical assistance activities.
The deadline for submissions is extended until 30 June 2014.
Afghanistan ratified the Stockholm Convention on 20 February 2013. The Convention will enter into force for Afghanistan on 21 May 2013.
See the Status of Ratifications.
Montenegro has transmitted its first national implementation plan pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 20 January 2014.
Belgium has transmitted its 2nd national implementation plan pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 10 January 2014.
Zimbabwe has transmitted its first national implementation plan pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 10 January 2014.
Slovakia has transmitted its 2nd national implementation plan pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 14 August 2013.
Cape Verde has transmitted its first national implementation plan pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 12 August 2013.
Poland has transmitted its 2nd national implementation plan pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 28 May 2013.
Dominica has transmitted its first national implementation plan pursuant to Article 7 of the Convention on 13 March 2013.
See the national implementation plans.
More on the POPs in the News page.
A series of webinars aim to provide in-depth guidance to Parties to the Stockholm Convention on how to submit their national reports.
A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2014/15 is now available.
A list of concept notes for voluntary financial contributions for the biennium 2014/15 is now available.
The tenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-10) will be held from 27 to 30 October 2014 in Rome, Italy.
The amendment for the listing of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) to Annex A of the Stockholm Convention will enter into force on 26 November 2014 for most Parties.
The official notification of HBCD has been communicated, by the Depositary/Treaty Section of the Office of Legal Affairs in New York, to all Parties on 26 November 2013.
The notification is now available in English and in French
The HBCD amendment will enter into force for Parties on 26 November 2014, except for those Parties which might opt out, or for those Parties which had submitted the declaration for opting-in to any amendments, at the time they submitted their instruments of ratification of the Convention.
The objective of this webinar is to provide an overview of the methodology for priority assessment and objective setting in the NIP updating process, share and exchange of information on the available guidance to develop and update NIPs, and provide information on training and capacity building activities.
At its fourth, fifth and sixth meetings, the Conference of the Parties agreed to amend the Stockholm Convention to list 11 new POPs in Annex A, B and C of the Convention. Following the adoption of amendments, the last one on Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) enters into force on 26 November 2014, Parties have the obligation to update their NIP and to transmit it to the COP within two years from the date on which the amendments entered into force for them. When updating their NIPs, Parties are also encouraged to take into account the chemicals that POPRC is evaluating and in particular those for which the COP will need to take a decision.
This webinar will explore the priority assessment and the objective setting phase of the NIP updating process. While during the first and second phase of the NIP updating process countries establish a coordination mechanism and develop their inventories of new POPs, during the third phase countries are guided to develop country specific criteria to make priorities among the health and environmental impacts of new POPs. The proposed methodology is instrumental to formulating the objectives of the national implementation for the environmentally sound management of POPs and new POPs.
Several documents were developed to provide guidance to countries and assist them in the process of developing and implementing a NIP for the initial 12 POPs. The revision and update of the NIPs include among other issues, action plans development, sampling and monitoring, disposal technologies, BAT and BEP related to the whole lifecycle of these substances. The documents are available in all six official languages of the United Nations and are open for comments.
Official Contact Points of the Stockholm Convention, National Focal Points and national experts involved in the review and update of the NIPs at the national level.
Collective global action agreed to in our multilateral environmental agreements coupled with implementation supported by the Global Environment Facility is helping to reduce threats posed by the use of chemicals.
The report of the meeting which took place on 14-15 May 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland is now available.
US$ 4.43 billion pledged for the Global Environment Facility.
INTERPOL and the BRS Secretariat launch e-learning module to help law enforcement officers identify and prevent illegal trade in hazardous chemicals and wastes.
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The final report of the ninth meeting of the POPs Review Committee has been published in the six official UN languages.
Background: The addition of chemicals to Annexes A, B or C of the Convention triggers the need for most parties to review and update the national implementation plans (NIPs) in accordance with decision SC-1/12. In 2009, nine new chemicals were added to the Annexes of the Convention and in 2011, endosulfan was added to Annex A of the Convention.
The process of reviewing and updating the NIPs can be challenging for parties that lack adequate resources and technical capacity. Parties have expressed the need for assistance in that regard and in particular in addressing newly listed POPs that are widely used for industrial purposes and are contained in products and articles. In accordance with decision SC-4/9 that requested the Secretariat to identify any additional guidance that might be required to assist parties in their development and implementation of the Convention, a set of guidance documents has been developed to assist parties in reviewing and updating their NIPs with information relating to newly listed POPs. These documents should assist parties in developing strategies to restrict and eliminate the newly listed POPs by providing guidance on establishing inventories, controlling the import of new POPs, monitoring the presence of products and articles containing new POPs, selecting best available techniques and best environmental practices for the management of new POPs.
Parties to the Stockholm Convention are also required to transmit national reports every four years to the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention. The reports contain qualitative information on the measures taken to implement the Convention and on the effectiveness of such measures. Additionally, Parties are required to report quantitative information which includes statistical data on the production, import and export of the chemicals listed in Annexes A and B, among others. Based on these obligations, the Secretariat has developed electronic reporting systems, one for each convention, where Parties can report directly online.
Organized by: The training is organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in cooperation with the Regional Centre for the Basel and Stockholm Conventions based in Uruguay. The European Union has kindly provided the funding for the training course.
Working language: Spanish is the working language of the training.
Venue: FAO Headquarters, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy.
Highlights: The tenth meeting of the POPs Review Committee (POPRC.10) will be held from 27 to 30 October 2014, with pre-meetings on Sunday, 26 October 2014, at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.
The Committee will review the draft risk management evaluation on pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters, draft risk profile on decabromodiphenyl ether, and the proposal for listing dicofol in Annex A, B, and/or C to the Stockholm Convention. The Committee will also consider the draft reports prepared for the evaluation of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride pursuant to paragraphs 5 and 6 of part III of Annex B to the Stockholm Convention.
The Committee’s meetings are open to observers in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Conference of the Parties and the terms of reference of the POPs Review Committee. To participate as an observer, please read the information for admission of observers and submit the completed registration form before 29 August 2014 by e-mail to the Secretariat.
This webinar aims to enhance understanding of the uses of PFOS, its related chemicals and their alternatives in open applications and to raise awareness about the recommendations of POPRC on these alternatives so as to facilitate decision-making by parties on this subject at the sixth meeting of the COP of the Stockholm Convention
Background: Parties to the Basel Convention are required to transmit to the Secretariat, at the end of each calendar year, their respective national reports pursuant to Article 13, paragraph 3. The national report questionnaire contains qualitative and quantitative information. This is a mechanism that allows Parties to share information with each other and it also indicates the level of the implementation of the Basel Convention. The focal points of the Basel Convention, at the national level, are responsible for receiving and submitting information as provided for in Articles 13 and 16.
Parties to the Stockholm Convention are to transmit national reports to the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention every four years. The reports contain qualitative information on the measures taken to implement the Convention and on the effectiveness of such measures. Additionally, Parties are required to report quantitative information which includes statistical data on the production, import and export of the chemicals listed in Annexes A and B, among others.
Based on these obligations, the Secretariat has developed electronic reporting systems, one for each convention, where Parties can report directly online.
Organized by: The training is organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in cooperation with the Basel and Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Dakar. The Government of Norway and the European Union have kindly provided the funding for the training course.
Working language(s): French is the working language of the training.
Venue: International Environment House 1 (IEH-1), Châtelaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Highlights: The Bureau of the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention, among other things, reviewed progress made in implementation of the decisions adopted by the Conference of the Parties at its sixth meeting and discussed the preparation of the seventh meeting of the Conference to be held back to back with the meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel and Rotterdam conventions in 2015.
Working language: The working language of the meeting will be English.
Ms. Johanna Lissinger Peitz, President of the Conference of the Parties, chaired the meeting. Nine members of the Bureau (or replacement of members) participated in the meeting. The Chair of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee attended the meeting as an ex-officio member. Ms. Kerstin Stendahl, Executive Secretary ad interim of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, and Mr. David Ogden, Chief, Conventions Operations Branch, along with other members of the Secretariat participated in the meeting.
List of participants
The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention will meet again on 11-12 November 2014, together with the bureaux of the conferences of the parties to the Basel and Rotterdam conventions. During their joint meeting in November the three bureaux will further discuss and agree on, among other things, the organization of work of the meetings of the conferences of the parties in May 2015.