Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention

Online, 26 to 30 July 2021 (online segment) and Geneva, Switzerland, from 6 to 17 June 2022 (face-to-face segment)

Venue: Online and in Geneva, Switzerland at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG)

Highlights: The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention was held back-to-back with the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention and the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention in two segments: an online segment that took place from 26 to 30 July 2021 to adopt a set of prioritized and time sensitive decisions aimed at continuing the work of the Convention in 2022, and a face-to-face segment held from 6 to 17 June 2022 in Geneva. The theme of the meetings was "Global Agreements for a Healthy Planet: Sound management of chemicals and waste". The online and face-to-face segments were attended by over 160 Parties to the conventions and 1,500 participants.

In addition, the high-level segment of the meetings took place on Wednesday, 1 June 2022, in Stockholm, Sweden. For further information, please see the high-level segment webpage.

Summary of outcomes of the online segment of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention: During the online segment, the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention adopted an interim programme of work and budget of the Convention for 2022, agreed to resume the meeting during a face-to-face segment in Geneva, from 6 to 17 June 2022, and agreed to continue intersessional work under the Convention in 2022, including work of the subsidiary bodies, until further consideration at the face-to-face segments of the meetings of the conferences of the Parties in 2022.

The Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention furthermore elected members of the Stockholm Convention Effectiveness Evaluation Committee to allow the Committee to initiate the work according to its mandate and agreed to forward the fifth review of the financial mechanism and the report on the assessment of funding needs for the implementation of the Stockholm Convention for the period 2022–2026 to the Global Environment Facility to inform its eighth replenishment.

Summary of outcomes of the face-to-face segment of the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention: At its face-to-face segment, the meeting took up the items of the agenda not considered or concluded during the online segment.  Among other things, the Conference of the Parties listed perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts, and PFHxS-related compounds in Annex A to the Convention, setting them for elimination. The Conference of the Parties also welcomed new guidance on best available techniques (BAT) and best environmental practices (BEP) prepared by BAT and BEP experts and took note of revised guidance on developing and updating national implementation plans, as well as draft guidance on the identification and management of contaminated sites. The Conference of the Parties initiated a consultative process on a possible DDT phase-out plan, urged Parties to step up their efforts by immediately implementing actions to eliminate its use in equipment by 2025, and to achieve the environmentally sound management of relevant PCB wastes by 2028 and called for additional efforts by the Global Environment Facility, United Nations entities, intergovernmental organization, NGOs and others to support Parties in achieving the Convention’s objectives related to PCB.

On joint issues, the three conferences of the Parties adopted the budgets and programmes of work for 2022-2023, strengthened their mandate for international cooperation with other organizations in support of the recently adopted resolutions by the United Nations Environment Assembly to forge a new international legally binding agreement to end plastic pollution, and to establish a science policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and prevent pollution.

The next meetings of the conferences of the Parties are scheduled to be held from 8 to 19 May 2023 in the Bahamas.

Financial support for the participation of developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition in the 2021-2022 meetings of the conferences of the Parties was provided thanks to the generous financial support provided by the Governments of China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

Working languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Meeting documents

  • Report
  • Decisions
  • Working documents
  • Information documents

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