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Asia - Bangkok 2010

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

Bangkok, Thailand
from 23 to 26 November 2010

The workshop aimed at raising awareness on the amendments to the Convention that entered into force on 26 August 2010 and on the implications at the national level of the new obligations arising herewith. Furthermore, the workshop gave participants the opportunity to become familiar with the online electronic reporting system in preparation for the second reporting cycle ending in 2010.

Background

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 entered 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 report by 31 October 2010 making use of the enhanced reporting format and electronic reporting system.

Outcomes

  • 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 understanding of the scope of the obligation to review and update national implementation plans under Article 7 of the Convention;
  • 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; and of the use of the electronic reporting system.
  • Shared feedback among the participants on the experience in using the various guidelines and training tools when developing NIPs.

Target Audience

The workshop targeted national experts from Asian country Parties who are contributing to the implementation of the Stockholm Convention including Official Contact Points, National Focal Points and NGOs from the following countries: Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Timing and Venue

The regional workshop in Asia was held from 23 to 26 November 2010 in Bangkok, United Nations Conference Center, hosted by the Government of Thailand.

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