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POPRC-19 - Day 1 highlights

The 19th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-19) officially started today in Rome, at the FAO Headquarters.

POPRC-19 - Day 1 highlights

POPRC-19 - Day 1 highlights

The 19th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-19) officially started today in Rome, at the FAO Headquarters. Over a hundred participants representing experts in chemicals assessment and management, government observers, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations are participating in this meeting.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Rolph Payet (Executive Secretary of the BRS Conventions) highlighted that the scientific work under the Convention has triggered and further catalysed POPs scientific research activities worldwide. He drew to the attention of the meeting that the Conference of the Parties has adopted all of the POPs Review Committee’s recommendations for listing chemicals, noting that this was an impressive track record. He also drew attention to the vital role played by the Committee in informing Parties’ decisions as a great example of how science can support policy makers on informed decisions.

This 5-day (Oct 9th-13th) meeting, to be chaired by Dr Peter Dawson (New Zealand), aims to consider several topics:

Draft Risk Profiles

On the first day, members and observer exchanged views on the persistence, bioaccumulation, and long-range environmental transport of the pesticide, chlorpyrifos. The POPRC will continue to consider the draft risk profile for this chemical in a contact group in the coming days.

Draft risk management evaluation

The POPRC is tasked to consider the draft risk management evaluation for chlorinated paraffins with carbon chain lengths in the range C14-17 and chlorination levels at or exceeding 45 per cent chlorine by weight (MCCPs), and draft risk management evaluation for long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs). After presentations made by the chairs of the drafting groups and the initial proponents, the Committee exchanged views and agreed to further continue the work within contact groups.

Long-range environmental transport

The POPRC will consider a draft document on long-range environmental transport, intended to provide guidance when evaluating chemicals proposed for listing under the Stockholm Convention.

POPs in stockpiles, products and articles

As requested at the last meeting of the Conference of the Parties, the POPRC will explore options for identifying POPs in stockpiles, products and articles in use and in wastes, to support Parties. 

Indicative lists of POPs

The POPRC will also work on further updating and refining indicative lists of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts, and PFOA-related compounds and perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds.

On the first day, the meeting also heard about the outcomes of the eleventh meeting of the COP, which took place in May 2023 and had initial exchanges about the Chlorinated paraffins with carbon chain lengths in the range C14–17 and chlorination levels at or exceeding 45 per cent chlorine by weight.

Contact groups discussions continued on LC-PFCAs and Chlorpyrifos into the evening.

Join the online briefings on the 19th meetings of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention and the POPs  Review Committee (POPRC)  of the Stockholm Convention

The online briefings will provide an overview of the issues that will be considered by the nineteenth meetings of the CRC and the POPRC to be held respectively from 3 to 6 October 2023 and 9 to 13 October 2023 in Rome, Italy.

Join the online briefings on the 19th meetings of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention and the POPs Review Committee (POPRC) of the Stockholm Convention

Join the online briefings on the 19th meetings of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention and the POPs  Review Committee (POPRC)  of the Stockholm Convention
 
Information on the upcoming POPRC 19 now available

The nineteenth meeting of the POPs Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention will take place from 9 to 13 October 2023 in Rome, Italy, back-to-back with the nineteenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee of the Rotterdam Convention.

Information on the upcoming POPRC 19 now available

Information on the upcoming POPRC 19 now available
 
Follow-up to the Stockholm Convention COP-11 kick-started

Check out the various calls for information and nominations set out in decisions of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention.

Follow-up to the Stockholm Convention COP-11 kick-started

Follow-up to the Stockholm Convention COP-11 kick-started
 
The global governance of plastics and associated chemicals report is now available

The recently launched report on the Global governance of plastics and associated chemicals provides the first comprehensive mapping of the existing global governance landscape for plastics and associated chemicals. The mapping includes both binding and voluntary measures adopted at the global level that explicitly refer to plastics and chemicals known to be found in plastics, as well as those measures that may encompass plastics and associated chemicals by inference.

The global governance of plastics and associated chemicals report is now available

The global governance of plastics and associated chemicals report is now available
 
Launch of the series of 20 videos called 20 Voices for 20 years of the Stockholm

Twenty voices from all over the world share their experience and reflections about the last 20 years of adoption of the Stockholm Convention. The videos are in English with subtitles in English, French and Spanish. Three video clips have also been developed and are available in the six UN languages.

Launch of the series of 20 videos called 20 Voices for 20 years of the Stockholm

Launch of the series of 20 videos called 20 Voices for 20 years of the Stockholm
 
Highlights of the outcomes of the effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention (2023) now available!

New Factsheets on the Effectiveness Evaluation 2023 Highlights available now! Factsheets summarizing the highlights of the second effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention are now available through this link.

Highlights of the outcomes of the effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention (2023) now available!

Highlights of the outcomes of the effectiveness evaluation of the Stockholm Convention (2023) now available!
 
Briefing on the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention

The online briefings will provide an overview of the issues that will be considered by the next meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions and introduce the schedule of the meetings of the conferences of the Parties and other practical information.

Briefing on the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention

Briefing on the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention
 
Register now and join our webinar session on 26 April 2023 on Dechlorane Plus and UV-328 proposed for listing in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention

The Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (COP-11) will consider, among other things, the recommendations of the POPs Review Committee on the listing of three new chemicals in Annex A to the Convention: Dechlorane Plus; UV-328; methoxychlor. To exchange information about the chemicals recommended for listing, in particular Dechlorane Plus and UV-328 for which the recommendations included specific exemptions, the Secretariat will organize a webinar on 26 April 2023, from 2 to 3:35 p.m. (UTC+2). 

Register now and join our webinar session on 26 April 2023 on Dechlorane Plus and UV-328 proposed for listing in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention

Register now and join our webinar session on 26 April 2023 on Dechlorane Plus and UV-328 proposed for listing in Annex A to the Stockholm Convention
 
POPRC 18 Meeting report now available in all UN languages

The meeting report of the 18th Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee is now available in the six UN languages.

POPRC 18 Meeting report now available in all UN languages

POPRC 18 Meeting report now available in all UN languages
 
Representatives for the Eastern European Region met in Zagreb, Croatia in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs

The Eastern Europe regional preparatory meeting for the 2023 meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions took place from 28 to 30 March 2023 in Zagreb, Croatia. The meeting which was hosted by the Government of Croatia and organized in cooperation with the Basel Convention Regional Centre located in Slovakia, provided an opportunity for Parties in the region to consult each other in advance of the COPs and facilitate the preparation of regional positions amongst others.

Representatives for the Eastern European Region met in Zagreb, Croatia in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs

Representatives for the Eastern European Region met in Zagreb, Croatia in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs
 
Latin American and Caribbean delegates meet in Panama-City in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs

On Tuesday 28 March 2023 participants attending the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Preparatory meeting for the 2023 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions were welcomed to Panama-City by Dr. Luis Francisco Sucre, Minister of Health of Panama and Dr. Eduardo Flores Castro, Rector of the University of Panama. The meeting which was organized in cooperation with the Basel and Stockholm Conventions Regional Centre in Panama, provided an opportunity for Parties in the region to consult each other in advance of the COPs and facilitate the preparation of regional positions amongst others.

Latin American and Caribbean delegates meet in Panama-City in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs

Latin American and Caribbean delegates meet in Panama-City in the lead to the 2023 BRS COPs
 
Regional preparations for the 2023 BRS COPs continue to move ahead

Delegates from the Africa region met from 21 to 23 March 2023 in Dakar, Senegal during the regional preparatory meeting for the 2023 BRS COPs. The meeting provided an opportunity for Parties in the region to consult each other in advance of the COPs and facilitate the preparation of regional positions amongst others.

Regional preparations for the 2023 BRS COPs continue to move ahead

Regional preparations for the 2023 BRS COPs continue to move ahead
 
Delegates from the Asia-Pacific region met in the lead-up to the 2023 BRS COPs

The Asia-Pacific regional preparatory meeting for the 2023 BRS COPS was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 14 to 16 March 2023. The meeting provided an opportunity for Parties in the region to consult each other in advance of the COPs and facilitate the preparation of regional positions amongst others.

Delegates from the Asia-Pacific region met in the lead-up to the 2023 BRS COPs

Delegates from the Asia-Pacific region met in the lead-up to the 2023 BRS COPs
 
Regional preparations in the lead-up the 2023 BRS Conventions COPs

Regional preparatory meetings for the upcoming meetings of the conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions are taking place in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eastern Europe and GRULAC regions during March 2023.

Regional preparations in the lead-up the 2023 BRS Conventions COPs

Regional preparations in the lead-up the 2023 BRS Conventions COPs
 
Briefing on the 2023 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Briefing on the 2023 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Briefing on the 2023 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
 
Book now your booth and participate in the PCB Fair during the 2023 BRS COPs!

The Fair on Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) will be held during the 2023 COPs, from 3 to 5 May 2023, at the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG). The the objective of Fair is to raise awareness on the urgency to accelerate action to meet the upcoming 2025 and 2028 PCB deadlines under the Stockholm Convention, as well as, to raise awareness on other deadlines under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. The deadline for booking a booth is 01 March 2023.

Book now your booth and participate in the PCB Fair during the 2023 BRS COPs!

Book now your booth and participate in the PCB Fair during the 2023 BRS COPs!
 
Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!

All side events will be held during lunch breaks and in the evenings. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2023.

Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!

Apply for a side event at the 2023 BRS COPs!
 
Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!

Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!

Happy holidays and a prosperous 2023!
 
Stockholm COP Bureau meeting report now available

The meeting took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 27 October 2022.

Stockholm COP Bureau meeting report now available

Stockholm COP Bureau meeting report now available
 
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