Meeting participants

In total  519 persons of 120 countries attended the meeting. The number of participants per category is as follows:

  • Parties: 326 representatives of 88 countries
  • Non Parties: 85 representatives of 31 countries
  • Observer: 1
  • UN National Bodies and Specialized Agencies, other Intergovernmental Organizations: 51
  • Non-Governmental Organizations: 56

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

Geneva, Switzerland
from 1 to 5 May 2006

The Conference of the Parties of 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 second Conference of the Parties (COP.2) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) was held from 1-5 May 2006, in Geneva, Switzerland.

COP.2 considered several reports on activities within the Convention’s mandate and adopted 18 decisions on, inter alia, DDT, exemptions, financial resources and mechanisms, implementation plans, technical assistance, synergies and effectiveness evaluation.

Delegates had hoped to bring the cooperative COP.1 “spirit of Punta Del Este” to Geneva, and looked forward to a straightforward meeting. Instead, each day was longer than the last as contact groups used all available time to move forward in negotiating intricate details of processes and mechanisms necessary to support progress towards meeting the obligations of the Convention. Two key decisions, in particular, were prerequisites for success at COP.2: the first review of the effectiveness of the financial mechanism of the Convention and a process to enable evaluation of the effectiveness of the Convention at COP.4, in 2009. With the adoption of these decisions, COP.2 has moved closer to the goal of eliminating or reducing the release of POPs into the environment. *)

*) Text extracted from the ENB Vol. 15 No. 135  of Monday, 9 May 2006, published by IISD

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