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

The Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention was held from 28 April to 10 May 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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

Summary of the outcomes

About 1,400 participants took part in the conference, which was held from 28 April to 10 May 2013, back to back with the ordinary meetings of the conferences of the parties to the Basel and Rotterdam conventions, and the extraordinary meetings of the three conventions.

At its 6th meeting, the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention adopted 30 decisions. Major decisions relate to the listing of hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) to Annex A to the Convention with specific exemptions, the adoption of a framework for the evaluation of the effectiveness of the Convention, and of processes for the evaluation of BDEs and PFOS. Other major decisions concern the adoption of an evaluation process for regional centres, additional guidance on BAT&BEP and NIP updating, the development of a road map for alternatives to DDT; reports on assessment of alternatives to DDT and on other POPs recently listed to the Convention.

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