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The Stockholm Convention’s primary partners are the Parties themselves. The technical assistance and financial assistance components of the Convention rely on the contribution of developed country Parties and other Parties, in accordance with their capabilities. Furthermore, achieving the objective of human health and environmental protection through the elimination of persistent organic pollutants requires the coordinated action and contribution of a broad range of actors and stakeholders. There is a potential for building fruitful relationships that will ensure synergies and maximum added value from the comparative advantages of partner institutions.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, that promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations System, and that serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. UNEP is the host organization for the Stockholm Convention.

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UNEP and Harmful Substances and Hazardous Waste 

The aim is to promote chemical safety and provide countries with access to information on toxic chemicals. UNEP promotes chemical safety by providing policy advice, technical guidance and capacity building to developing countries and those with economies in transition, including activities on chemicals related to the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

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UNEP DTIE/Chemicals Branch

UNEP Chemicals is the center for all chemicals-related activities of the United Nations Environment Programme. Their goal is to make the world a safer place from toxic chemicals and they do this by helping governments take needed global actions for the sound management of chemicals, by promoting the exchange of information on chemicals, and by helping to build the capacities of countries around the world to use chemicals safely. UNEP Chemicals coordinated the international action aimed to the protection of human health and the environment through measures to reduce and eliminate persistent organic pollutants and facilitated the development of an international legally binding instrument: the Stockholm Convention on POPs. For more information please visit

UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions

Consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes

The consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes was launched by the UNEP Executive Director in recognition of the need for adequate resources in the field of chemicals and wastes management. The process was first announced at the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants held in May 2009. The purpose of the consultations would be to analyse the current situation with regard to financing for chemicals and waste management at the national level, including but not limited to the implementation of Party obligations under chemicals-related multilateral environmental agreements, and to devise strategic, synergistic proposals for improving it. The consultations would also provide advice to the UNEP Executive Director on options that could be pursued to move forward in this area.
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UNEP Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination

Division of UNEP playing the role of implementing agency for GEF has involved in preparing national implementation plan for a large number of Parties and signatories throughout the world. Furthermore it has played key role in undertaking GEF-financed projects relating to POPs. For more information please visit to

Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGOs)

List of United Nations Offices and Specialized Agencies, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Global Environment Facility for the purpose of inviting observers to meetings of the Conference of Parties in accordance with decision SC-2/16 paragraph 5.

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List of Inter-Governmental Organizations for the purpose of inviting observers to meetings of the Conference of Parties in accordance with decision SC-2/16 paragraph 6.

Document available here

Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)

IOMC serves as a coordinating mechanism facilitating action by its participating organizations (FAO, ILO, OECD, UNITAR, UNIDO, UNEP and WHO) on the issues related to the Convention and identifying potential needs, and also areas in which those organizations can be of assistance. For more information please visit

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

FAO a major player in the pesticide issue offers numerous opportunities to collaborate in implementing different aspects of the Convention. Africa Stockpile project, for example is one of the very important undertaking of the FAO in this direction. For more information please visit


Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Memorandum of understanding between the Conference of the Parties and the Council of the GEF recognized it as the principal entity entrusted with the operations of the financial mechanism of the Convention. Guidance to financial mechanism has been provided by each subsequent COP meetings. For more information please visit

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

As an implementing agency to GEF, UNDP is involved in the POPs enabling activities projects, i.e., essentially in developing the national implementation plans for several countries. Besides it is also involved in implementing medium and full sized projects from GEF on the POPs. In addition being local UN agency, it offers tremendous opportunities for advancing the partnership in this area. For more information please visit

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

UNIDO has played very important role in the POPs enabling activities project by helping large number of Parties to develop their national implementation plans. UNIDO is also involved in developing post NIP projects. For more information please visit

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

UNITAR is involved in capacity building to the developing and EIT country Parties particularly in the development of Action Plans while formulating their national implementation plans. Currently UNITAR is preparing guidance on calculating action plan cost including total and incremental costs and action plan for specific POPs etc.
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World Bank

The World Bank is engaged in ongoing work on POPs aiming to assist our client countries to protect human health and the environment from POPs throughout the globe. As an implementing agency to the GEF, it has been involved in POPs enabling activities projects, e.g., the development of national implementation plans. For more information please visit

World Health Organization (WHO)

Several partnership activities have been held together with WHO particularly in the environmental health and health risk assessment activities. Currently the Secretariat in collaboration with WHO and other interested parties is engaged in developing a business plan for promoting global partnership on the development and deployment of alternative products, methods and strategies to DDT for disease vector control. For more information please visit

Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (PIC)

Both the Conventions aim to protect human health and environment from certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides, therefore effective implementation of one helps to meet the objective of other. There are numerous decisions made by COPs, for complementing each others mandate. For more information please visit

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (Basel Convention)

Both the Conventions aim to control the illegal trafficking of POPs and POPs contaminated wastes and concern about the environmental release by the final disposal of such wastes. Besides preparation of guidelines for the specific POPs contaminated wastes, sharing common facilities for regional centres are the example of collaboration. Recent development of finding synergy in joint implementation between three Conventions (Basel, PIC and SC) is underway. For more information please visit


Bilateral Development Agencies

EU and other Bilateral Development Assistance Agencies of the developed Countries

EU and other bilateral donors are committed to work together with developing countries in implementing their international obligations including POPs.

Non-Governmental Organizations

There are several non governmental organizations encompassing their scope at national and international levels working for raising awareness and advocating to the cause of the Convention. These organizations have great role to play in the areas as identified in the Article 10 of the Convention.

  • List of Non-Governmental Organizations accredited to meetings of the Conference of Parties and for the purpose of inviting observers to meetings of the Conference of Parties in accordance with decision SC-2/16 paragraph 6 & 7.  
  • Non-Governmental Organizations not on the above list but wish to be accredited to meetings of the Conference of Parties may complete the attached application form and submit it to the secretariat.

For More information please see document  UNEP/POPS/COP.2/26

One of the most prominent NGO which is actively contributing to the POP international work is the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN). For more information please visit

Research and academic institutions

Research and academic institutions are the sources of information for conception, inception, implementation and evaluation of the Convention. The partnership with them is warranted in all stages of the Convention. Article 11 of the Convention very clearly describes the elements of partnership with such agencies.

The Private Sector

The Convention recognizes the importance of the private sector, including manufacturing and service industries, in achieving the reduction and/or elimination of release of the persistent organic pollutants into the environment by offering new and efficient technologies, making investments for the development of alternatives, etc. Without the active involvement of the private sector, none of the goals of elimination, remediation, reduction, etc. are likely to be achieved.

Regional centres

The institutions serving as the regional and subregional centres under the Stockholm Convention providing technical assistance and promoting transfer of technologies to the eligible Parties are important partners of the Convention.