Latin America - Sao Paulo 2010

Regional capacity-building workshop on new POPs and the process for reviewing and updating NIPs

São Paulo, Brazil
from 18 to 21 May 2010

On 26 August 2010, the amendments to the Stockholm Convention, listing nine additional persistent organic pollutants, will enter into force. In light of this, the workshop aimed at raising awareness on the steps to be taken by Parties to comply with their new obligations, including the process to review and update their national implementation plans. Furthermore, given that the next reporting deadline under the Convention is set up for 31 October 2010, the workshop was also an opportunity for participants to become familiarized with the reporting requirements and the enhanced version of the electronic reporting system.


The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Stockholm Convention held 4-8 May 2009, decided to amend the Convention by adding nine new chemicals to its Annexes A, B and C. In accordance with Article 22 of the Convention, the amendments to Annexes A, B and C will enter into force on 26 August 2010. By decision SC-4/19, the COP decided to undertake a work programme to provide guidance to Parties on how best to restrict and eliminate these newly listed persistent organic pollutants and invited Parties to support work on the evaluation of alternatives and other work related to the restriction and elimination of these new POPs.

Pursuant to Article 15 of the Convention, each Party to the Convention has to report to the Conference of the Parties on the measures it has taken to implement the provisions of the Convention and on the effectiveness of such measures in meeting the objectives of the Stockholm Convention. In line with decision SC-4/30, Parties have been requested to submit their second reports by 31 October 2010 making use of the enhanced reporting format and electronic reporting system.

Expected results

By the end of the workshop participants are expected to have:

  • Increased their understanding of the scope of the obligation to review and update national implementation plans under Article 7 of the Convention; 
  • Increased knowledge on the nine new POPs recently listed in Annexes A, B and C of the Convention and on the implications at the national level of the new obligations arising herewith;
  • Increased knowledge on the guidance and training tools available to assess their new obligations and to update their national implementation plans accordingly;
  • Enhanced understanding of the reporting requirements under Article 15 of the Convention;
  • Been trained in using the electronic system for reporting under Article 15 of the Convention.

Target audience

The workshop targeted national experts from Latin America, who are contributing to the implementation of the Stockholm Convention, such as Official Contact Points or Focal Points from the following countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.


Programme99.23 K
Agenda133.68 K
List of participants34.37 K

Workshop presentations

  • Introduction
  • Country presentations
  • Regional centre CETESB
  • New POPs
  • NIPs
  • Reporting
  • Technical Assistance

Photo gallery

Plenary discussions on new POPs, the process for reviewing and updating national implementation plans (NIPs) under the Stockholm Convention.
Plenary discussions.
Intervention of Ms. Lady Virginia Traldi Meneses, Manager, CETESB, Stockholm Convention regional centre.
Working group session: Participants become familiar with the instructions for the exercises on the process for reviewing and updating NIPs.
Working group discussions on the process for reviewing and updating NIPs.
Group picture of workshop participants
Working group discussions.
Working group discussions on the process for reviewing and updating NIPs.