Parties to the Stockholm Convention are required to prepare a plan explaining how they are going to implement the obligations under the Convention and make efforts to put such a plan into operation (Article 7). This so-called National Implementation Plan (NIP) is not a standalone plan for the management of POPs, but should be closely tied to the national sustainable development strategy of the Party preparing and implementing such a plan.
A series of COP decisions have given directions to the Secretariat on how to assist Parties in the development of their NIP, essentially through the development of guidance documents.
Once the NIP has been developed, it is to be transmitted to the Conference of the Parties (via the Secretariat). All transmitted NIPs can be found here.
The NIP is a dynamic document which is to be reviewed periodically (to reflect any changes, such as progress made in achieving planned objectives), as well as updated (to address new obligations under the Convention). The review and updating of the NIP can be challenging for Parties that lack adequate resources and technical capacity, especially for new POPs. Parties have expressed the need for assistance in particular in obtaining information on the presence of new POPs that are contained in articles or widely used for industrial purposes. For this purpose a number of capacity building activities are organized on a regular basis, either through face-to-face workshops or online webinars.