In decision SC-1/12, the Conference of the Parties (COP) decided to adopt the Guidance for assisting countries in the preparation of national implementation plans. In decision SC-4/9, the COP requested the Secretariat to identify any additional guidance that might be required to assist Parties in their implementation of the Convention. In response to this request and as a follow up to decision SC-5/14, the Secretariat, in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, and with the financial support of the Global Environment Facility has updated relevant existing guidance and developed new guidance to assist parties in the process of developing, reviewing and updating National Implementation Plans under the Convention.
The development of the guidance was accompanied by different activities to ensure that the documents being developed addressed the needs of Parties, were practical, user friendly, applicable and technically and scientifically correct. Three pilots were undertaken in close collaboration with two Stockholm Convention Regional Centres (Czech Republic and India). The pilot testing included the use, thorough review and feedback of the guidance documents as well as a workshop. The countries where the guidance document were pilot tested are Serbia, Nigeria and India. A peer-reviewing process was part of the development of the guidance.
In decisions SC-6/10, SC-6/12 and SC-7/10, the COP took note of the guidance to assist parties in the process of developing, reviewing and updating National Implementation Plans under the Stockholm Convention and encouraged parties to use them and provide comments by 31 March 2014, 31 October 2014 and 31 March 2016 respectively. The requests for information can be accessed here. The comments received for decision SC-6/10 are available here and for decision SC-6/12 here.
The guidance available to assist Parties in developing, revising and updating their NIPs are as follows:
Guidance for NIP development and update
Guidance for Developing a National Implementation Plan for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
Draft guidance on calculation of action plan costs for specific POPs
Draft guidance on Socio-Economic Assessment for National Implementation Plan Development and Implementation under the Stockholm Convention
Draft guidance for the inventory of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention on POPs
Draft guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices for the use of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals
Draft guidance for the inventory of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) listed under the Stockholm Convention on POPs
Draft guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices for the recycling and waste disposal of articles containing polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) listed under the Stockholm Convention on POPs
Draft guidance for the control of the import and export of POPs
Labelling of products or articles that contain POPs-initial considerations
Draft guidance on sampling, screening and analysis of persistent organic pollutants in products and articles (2013)
Guidance for the inventory, identification and substitution of Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) (draft, April 2015)