Mandate and Decisions

Article 12 of the Stockholm Convention states that timely and appropriate technical assistance in response to requests from developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition is essential to the successful implementation of the Convention. 

At the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties, guidance on technical assistance and transfer of environmentally sound technologies was adopted (decision SC-1/15). This guidance establishes the framework for technical assistance under the Convention and identifies sources of technical assistance, eligibility, the policy and strategy to follow, and lists needs and priorities.

To support Parties in fulfilling their obligations under the Convention, the Technical Assistance programme is delivering a range of capacity-building activities, ranging from training activities (workshops, webinars and other interactive training tools) to the support of project development (on request) as well as the development of guidance and other publications. Fifteen Regional Centres have also been set up to support capacity-building related to POPs management in their respective regions.

The delivery of technical assistance shall be provided taking into account the particular needs of developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition. In that respect, Parties are encouraged to contact us and send requests for technical assistance.

A number of guidance and other publications provide useful information to Parties. The monthly technical assistance newsletter (available until March 2012) offers an overview of ongoing activities and upcoming workshops and webinars, while the database of existing case studies (to be posted shortly) will showcases a variety of best practices throughout the world.

 
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SC-1/15Technical assistance70 K29.74 K
 
 
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Requests the Secretariat to transmit the guidance on technical assistance to Parties, donors, relevant intergovernmental organizations and the entity or entities participating in the financial mechanism for consideration when developing and implementing their work programmes;

Further requests the Secretariat to report on progress in application of the guidance on technical assistance to each meeting of the Conference of the Parties.
SC-1/16 Technical assistance: regional and subregional centres60 K18.43 K
 
 
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2. Requests the Secretariat to submit the draft terms of reference and the criteria for evaluating the performance of the regional and subregional centres and any proposal of strengthening existing regional centres for the consideration of the Conference of the Parties at its second meeting.

3. Further requests the Secretariat to pursue cooperation with Basel Convention regional and subregional centres and other relevant existing institutions in the implementation of regional projects and programmes concerning the implementation of the Stockholm Convention. This should be done in continuing the process of targeting the creation of Stockholm Convention centres.

SC-2/9 Technical assistance79 K38.01 K
 
 
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Adopts the terms of reference for regional and subregional centres for capacity-building and transfer of technology under the Stockholm Convention set forth in annex I to the present decision;

Requests the Secretariat to develop draft terms of reference for the process of selecting regional and subregional centres for capacity-building and transfer of technology for consideration by the Conference of the Parties at its third meeting. In undertaking this task, the Secretariat should consult with Convention focal points and with existing regional and subregional centres and their host organizations providing technical assistance and technology transfer for chemicals and chemical waste issues;
Adopts the criteria for evaluating the performance of regional and subregional centres for capacity-building and technology transfer set forth in annex II to the present decision.

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1. Invites Parties, relevant international organizations and non-governmental organizations to provide information to the Secretariat on their experiences in implementing the guidance on technical assistance and transfer of technology adopted by the Conference of the Parties in decision SC1/15; 2. Requests the Secretariat to submit, at each meeting of the Conference of the Parties, a report based on the information provided pursuant to paragraph 1 above and any other pertinent information on the application of the guidance on technical assistance and transfer of environmentally sound technology, in order to facilitate periodic reviews of the implementation of the guidance on technical assistance and transfer of technology by the Conference of the Parties.
SC-4/22Guidance on technical assistance77.5 K9.87 K
 
 
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1. Takes note of the information contained in the note by the Secretariat on guidance on technical assistance;

2. Requests the Secretariat to continue to implement its technical assistance programme upon request while making full use of regional centres as an integral part of its work to facilitate technical assistance and the promotion of transfer of technology

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The Conference of the Parties

1. Takes note of the information provided in the note by the Secretariat on guidance on technical assistance;
2. Invites developing-country parties and parties with economies in transition to provide information to the Secretariat on their technical assistance and technology transfer needs and the barriers and obstacles in that regard;

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The Conference of the Parties

1. Takes note of the information provided by the Secretariat on technical assistance for the implementation of the Stockholm Convention;