Sixteenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC.16)

Venue and dates to be confirmed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Italy as well as globally, it is not feasible to organize POPRC-16 as initially planned as a face-to-face meeting in Rome, from 14 to 18 September 2020.

While the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe is currently improving and some borders are starting to re-open, there are many elements contributing to this conclusion, including: the high level of uncertainty as to the situation in Italy as well as globally in September; the implied health risks for all participants; and the travel and event organization restrictions still imposed by many countries, including Italy.

The Chair and Vice-Chair of the POPs Review Committee are therefore considering alternative options for holding POPRC-16, taking into account the work requirements of the Committee. These options could include holding a face-to-face meeting at a later date should the situation in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic permit or holding it as an online meeting.

Alternative dates (taking due account of schedules of other major international meetings in particular those related to chemicals and waste) and the most feasible options for organizing the meetings given the abovementioned factors will be consulted with POPRC members.