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Meeting of the Global Coordination Group for the Global Monitoring Plan for POPs - 2014

The Meeting of the Global Coordination Group for the Global Monitoring Plan for POPs - 2014 was held from 10 to 12 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Venue: International Environment House, Geneva, Switzerland.

Highlights: The members of the Global Coordination Group for the Global Monitoring Plan (GMP) for POPs met in Geneva, Switzerland from 10 to 12 November 2014. Among the issues under discussion in view of closing the second phase of the GMP, agreement on the final steps and timetable towards finalizing the five regional monitoring reports, developing conclusions and recommendations to be considered at COP-7, defining the approach, steps and timelines towards the development of the global monitoring report and identifying the GMP coordination group representative to the effectiveness evaluation committee were among the major highlights.

The five regional monitoring reports will be made available for consideration at COP-7. Monitoring data contained in the regional monitoring reports will, where possible and appropriate, be made available through the GMP data warehouse by March 2015. The global monitoring report will be developed on the base of the five regional monitoring reports by the coordination group for the global monitoring plan, with the assistance of the Secretariat and invited experts, by January 2016, and will be made available for consideration by the Effectiveness Evaluation Committee. While regional reports include data for PFOS in water and information on the regional transport where available, the assessment of PFOS water data and LRT considerations will be considered from a global perspective in the global monitoring report. A draft outline of the global monitoring report has been agreed by the coordination group as a basis for the future work.

New information has or will soon become available for inclusion in the GMP guidance document. The guidance will be updated to include up-to-date reference to HBCD, specification of the criteria for the selection of donors of human samples, and a revised water chapter to include more practical details on sampling for PFOS.

The conclusions and recommendations of the global coordination group are set out in the meeting report.

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