Meeting participants

In total  635 persons of 133 countries attended the meeting. The number of participants per category is as follows:

  • Parties: 357 representatives of 78 countries
  • Non Parties: 136 representatives of 54 countries
  • Observers: 1
  • UN National Bodies and Specialized Agencies, other Intergovernmental Organizations: 45
  • Non-Governmental Organizations: 95
  • Others: 1

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

Punta del Este, Uruguay
from 2 to 6 May 2005

The Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention, which was established under Article 19, is the governing body of the Convention.  Its members are the Parties to the Convention.  There are several subsidiary bodies established under the Conference of the Parties.  Meetings of the Conference of the Parties take place every two years.


The first Conference of the Parties (COP.1) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) was held from 2-6 May 2005, in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Despite a full agenda, POPs COP.1 succeeded in adopting a broad range of decisions required to set the Convention’s implementation in motion. These decisions relate to: providing for the evaluation of the continued need for DDT use for disease vector control; establishing a review process for entries in the register of specific exemptions; adopting guidance for the financial mechanism; establishing a schedule for reporting; establishing arrangements for monitoring data on POPs; adopting rules of procedure and financial rules; adopting the budget for the Secretariat; and establishing the POPs Review Committee. Other matters scheduled for discussion included: the format for the DDT Register and the Register of specific exemptions; the process for developing guidelines to assist Parties in preventing the formation and release of unintentionally produced POPs; and guidelines on best available techniques and best environmental practices.

COP.1’s work was characterized by efficiency, and by a collegial spirit that some referred to as the “spirit of Punta del Este.” Yet, the meeting was not without controversy, as discussions relating to the setting up of expert bodies and to financial and technical assistance lasted late into the night. Nevertheless, the smooth resolution of the large majority of these disagreements served to maintain the good spirit of the meeting as an auspicious beginning upon which the Convention will base its future work. *)

*) Text extracted from the ENB Vol. 15 No. 117 of Monday, 9 May 2005, published by IISD

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