By decisions SC-3/9, SC-4/20 and SC-5/11, the Conference of the Parties (COP) requested the Secretariat to undertake work to support and strengthen the capacity of Parties which are developing countries or countries with economies in transition to participate fully in the work of the POPRC.
The Committee has responsibility to assess chemicals proposed as POPs to be listed under the Convention. Following the request from the Conference of the Parties, the Committee has taken decisions POPRC-4/8, POPRC-5/4, POPRC-6/7 and POPRC-7/12 that lay out activities for assisting Parties in participating effectively in the work of the Committee.
The Committee established an intersessional working group chaired by Mr. Mario Yarto (Mexico), to address the implementation of activities for enhancing the effective participation in the work of the POPRC. One of the key results of the work of the intersessional working group are the handbook and the pocket guide to support the involvement of stakeholders in the work of the Committee.
Regional workshops and global webinars have been organized in order to further the involvement of all stakeholders globally. In line with the process on synergies among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, joint workshops for enhancing effective participation in the work of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee and the Stockholm Convention POPs Review Committee (POPRC) have taken place in several countries.
At the meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions in 2011, the Parties approved by decisions BC-10/29, RC-5/12 and SC-5/27 a number of joint and cross-cutting activities to promote the coordinated implementation of the three conventions. One of these activities (S6) aims to support the work of and coordination between the scientific bodies of the conventions and identify common issues and linkages between the conventions. The activity will be implemented during the 2012-2013 biennium.
- To enhance the understanding of stakeholders on the processes of the POPRC
- To increase the participation of countries in the process to assess candidate POPs
- To provide guidance on the information collection process at the national level
- To develop competencies that will continuously assist countries to implement risk management
- To demonstrate the use of the handbook and gather feedback for its improvement
Present and future members of the POPRC Committee, Focal Points, individuals responsible for identifying, compiling and assessing information according to Annexes E and F and other selected stakeholders, namely industry, key users, academia, government officials, NGOs.
Handbook and pocket guide for effective participation in the work of the POPRC
The handbook for effective participation in the work of the POPRC was prepared by the intersessional working group of the POPRC chaired by Mr. Mario Yarto (Mexico) for the purposes of:
- enhancing the understanding of stakeholders on the review process; and
- increasing the capacity of Parties to identify and provide information pertaining to the risk profile and risk management of the chemicals under review.
The handbook has been revised based on the comments from the working group members as well as feedback collected during the workshops.
Download the "Handbook for effective participation in the work of the POPs Review Committee"
Following the development of the handbook, a pocket guide has been prepared by the intersessional working group on effective participation. The pocket guide presents core information from the handbook, focusing on the elements of data collection and submission, in the six official languages of the United Nations.
Download the "Pocket guide for effective participation in the POPs Review Committee under the Stockholm Convention"
Webinars for effective participation
Webinars are web-based seminars during which the participants can discuss a certain topic remotely via a computer in an interactive manner. The webinars have proved to be a very successful tool to complement face-to-face training activities in a cost-efficient manner. So far, webinars related to enhancing the understanding of and participation in the work of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee have been held on the following topics:
- Improving access to technical and scientific information, under the framework of the POPRC/Stockholm Convention
- How to submit proposals for listing new chemicals in Annexes A, B or C to the Stockholm Convention
- Preparing for the seventh meeting of the POPRC
- Briefing on the outcomes of the seventh meeting of POPRC
- POPs in articles and POPs free programme
For more information on the webinars, including recordings of the webinars and frequently asked questions (FAQs), please consult the webinars webpage.