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 to Annexes A, B and C will enter 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 reports by 31 October 2010 making use of the enhanced reporting format and electronic reporting system.
By the end of the workshop participants are expected to have:
- Increased their understanding of the scope of the obligation to review and update national implementation plans under Article 7 of the Convention;
- 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 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;
- Been trained in using the electronic system for reporting under Article 15 of the Convention.
The workshop targeted national experts from Latin America, who are contributing to the implementation of the Stockholm Convention, such as Official Contact Points or Focal Points from the following countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.