Pursuant to decision SC-2/16 of the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention, Parties are invited to nominate Official Contact Points.
An Official Contact Point (OCP) means the authority designated to be responsible for the performance of administrative functions and all formal communications under the Convention.
Non-Party States are also invited to nominate, should they wish to do so, official contact points for communications concerning matters pertaining to the Convention.
Parties are to inform the Secretariat of the name and address of such Official Contact Points as soon as possible. Any changes shall also be notified to the Secretariat.
Rapid transmission of this information supports the effective transmission of information to, from and between Parties, as well as other stakeholders (as appropriate), in relation to the Convention.
A standard form for submitting formal designations of national focal points to the Secretariat was first adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention at its second meeting (May 2006).
The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (May 2013) adopted a revised harmonized form for notifications of contacts to the Secretariat, including any modifications or additions as they occur. This form was also submitted to and adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention at its eleventh meeting and the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention at its sixth meeting. The form has been harmonized and may be used to transmit information on designated contacts in accordance with the provisions of the Basel, Rotterdam and/or Stockholm conventions. This is intended to facilitate transmission of information to the Secretariat while respecting the legal autonomy of each Convention.
The form is available in all six official languages and can be downloaded in English, French or Spanish.
Procedures and processes of the Secretariat
Parties are requested to send the form duly completed to the Secretariat by fax (+41 (0)22 917 8098) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is important to note that self-nominations will not be considered.
The form must be completed by an entity duly authorized by the Government to communicate such information to the Secretariat, such as a permanent mission to the United Nations or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The information transmitted will be included in the official records of the Secretariat as well as on the website of the Stockholm Convention (www.pops.int), as the officially designated focal point for the purposes of article 9 of the Convention.
List of Official Contact Points
Please click here to access the list of official contact points.