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

Geneva, Switzerland, from 29 April to 10 May 2019

Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé, Geneva, Switzerland.

Summary of outcomes: The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP-9) was held back to back from 29 April to 10 May 2019, back-to-back with the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP-14) and the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-9). The theme of the meetings was "Clean Planet, Healthy People: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste". The meetings included joint sessions covering matters of relevance to at least two conventions and separate sessions of the meetings of the each of the three COPs.

The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention adopted 27 decisions, including seven identical ones for the three meetings of the conferences of the Parties. Some of the main outcomes of the Conference include the listing of two chemicals which had been recommended by POPRC, namely dicofol and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds, in Annex A to the Convention, the amendment of the acceptable purposes and specific exemptions for perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride listed in Annex B to the Convention, the review of progress towards the elimination of PCBs, the adoption of the terms of references for the fifth review of the financial mechanism and for the assessment of the funding needs for the implementation of the Convention over the period 2022-2026, the adoption of the revised framework for effectiveness evaluation, and the endorsement of all Stockholm Convention regional centre for another four years, and of the Novosibirsk Institute of Organic Chemistry located in Novosibirsk, Russian Federation, as a Stockholm Convention regional centre.

Thanks to voluntary contributions from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway and Switzerland financial support was provided to the participation of developing country Parties and Parties that are countries with economies in transition to attend the meetings.

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

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