Second Interim Steering Committee Meeting on the Global Alliance for the Development and Deployment of Alternatives to DDT for Disease Vector Control

New Dehli, India, from 19 to 21 May 2010

The second meeting of the Interim Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for the development and deployment of alternatives to DDT for disease vector control was successfully concluded, with a clear and progressive work plan, on the 21st of May 2010 after extensive deliberations over three days at the India International Centre, in Delhi.

Outcomes of the meeting included identification of specific, priority activities to be undertaken by the five Thematic Groups and a plan for the first assembly of the Global Alliance.

The meeting was organized by the Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention and hosted by the Government of India.

Background

DDT is one of the Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP) pesticides regulated by the Stockholm Convention. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention allows the use of DDT for public health interventions for disease vector control as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

At its fourth meeting, the COP endorsed the establishment of the Global Alliance for the development and deployment of products, methods and strategies as alternatives to DDT for disease vector control and requested the Secretariat to lead its implementation.

The need to develop and deploy alternatives to DDT is not only driven by the demand to reduce reliance on DDT in the context of the Stockholm Convention but should also be considered in the context of a sustainable approach to effective malaria vector control. Therefore, it is necessary to:

  • Bring together key organizations and stakeholders to enhance their collaboration and effectiveness for achieving agreed goals;
  • Facilitate the identification of gaps in existing programmes and catalyze complementary action;
  • Raise awareness of all stakeholders involved in disease vector control;
  • Monitor and share the progress towards the development and deployment of alternatives to DDT.

Meeting highlights

The committee identified the activities for medium term plans for the five Thematic Groups and the strategies to implement these activities.

The committee reviewed the progress of implementation of the Global Alliance since the first meeting of the Interim Steering Committee. It took note of the launch of the Global Alliance at the extraordinary Conference of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conversions in February 2010. It also took note of the training exercise on IVM for selected Anglophone African countries and the project proposal for work-sharing and capacity building for registration of alternative chemicals to DDT in disease endemic countries.

The committee also considered a proposal for the website of the Global Alliance and recommended a way forward.

The core members of all five Thematic Groups will have follow-up meeting to undertake the tasks associated with the activities agreed during the second meeting.

Documents


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Proposed Agenda167.5 K
Proposal for a Medium-term Programme for the Implementation of Thematic Group on Cost-effective alternatives to DDT214 K
Proposal for a Medium-term Programme for the Implementation of Thematic Group on Malaria Vector Resistance Patterns and Mechanisms201.5 K
Proposal for a Medium-term Programme for the Implementation of Thematic Group on Strengthening of in-country Decision-making on IVM202 K
Proposal for a Medium-term Programme for the Implementation of Thematic Group on Reduce barriers to bring new chemicals and products to market 200.5 K
Proposal for a Medium-term Programme for the Implementation of Thematic Group on Reduce barriers to bring new non-chemical products to market200.5 K
Draft Concept for the Establishment of Web-based Information Sharing System of the Global Alliance1.11 MB
List of Participants143.5 K
Report of the second meeting of the interim steering committee167.08 K

Participants

Meeting participants
Participants to the Second meeting of the Interim Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for developing alternatives to DDT. New Dehli, India, 19-21 May 2010

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The Steering Committee will be the decision making body between the meetings of the Alliance Assembly. Its role will include the following:

  • Provide strategic direction and priority setting for the Global Alliance; prepare a strategy and submit it to the Alliance Assembly for approval; approve an annual work plan, monitor and review its implementation;
  • Endorse the establishment and mandates of Thematic Groups and review their periodic progress reports;
  • Identify gaps and issues in the development and deployment of alternatives to DDT based on inputs from Members;
  • Provide oversight and guidance for the Coordinating Team;
  • Secure funding for the Global Alliance operating budget;
  • Review the annual Financial report and submit it to the Alliance Assembly for approval;
  • Review new membership applications to the Global Alliance and admit new members; terminate memberships.

 Members of the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee will be made up of 15 members, with two representatives from Stockholm Convention Party countries in each region (10 members) with due consideration to malaria endemic countries and a representative from each of the other group of Stakeholders including academic and research institutions, multilaterals, civil society/non-governmental organizations, donor countries/ foundations and private sector.

In addition to the 15 members, the Coordinator will be an ex-officio member of the Steering Committee. Each group will determine a process for selecting its representation. The Coordinator will facilitate the nominations and submit a proposal for the composition of the Steering Committee to the Alliance Assembly for approval.

The Steering Committee will have a term of two years and be chaired by a chairperson elected from amongst the Steering Committee members.

Meetings

The Steering Committee will meet at least once a year. Discussions will be open to the participation of organizational and individual Members as observers, without voting status.