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Fourth Expert Group Meeting on DDT

The Fourth Expert Group Meeting on DDT was held from 3 to 5 December 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Venue: International Environment House-1 (IEH-1), Room 3, 11-13 chemin des Anémones , 1219 Châtelaine, Switzerland. The meeting will be opened at 9:30 a.m. on 3 December 2012 

Registration: Monday, 3 December 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Working language: English

Paperless meeting: The meeting will be paperless. Printed documents will not be available; all pre-session documents will be made available on the Convention website.

Highlights: DDT is listed in Annex B of the Stockholm Convention with its uses in disease vector control as an acceptable purpose in accordance with Part II of Annex B of the Convention. The DDT expert group is established in consultation with the World Health Organization to assess, every two years, the available scientific, technical, environmental and economic information related to production and use of DDT for consideration by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Stockholm Convention in its evaluation of continued need for DDT for disease vector control.

The fifth meeting of the COP concluded that countries that are relying on DDT for disease vector control may need to continue such use until locally appropriate and cost-effective alternatives are available for a sustainable transition away from DDT, and decided to evaluate the continued need for DDT for disease vector control at its sixth meeting of the COP in 2013 with the objective of accelerating the identification and development of locally appropriate cost-effective and safe alternatives.

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