Third Conference of the Parties (COP-3) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
30 April - 4 May 2007 | Dakar, Senegal
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30 April
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POPs COP-3 Highlights: 30 April 2007

The third Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs COP-3) opened on Monday, 30 April, in Dakar, Senegal. During morning and afternoon plenary sessions, delegates heard opening statements and addressed organizational matters and rules of procedure. Plenary established the Committee of the Whole (COW) and the Budget Group, which met in the afternoon.

The COW discussed the budget, technical assistance, regional centers and non-compliance.

The COW established a contact group on regional centers and technical assistance and another one on non-compliance.

Plenary Session
L-R: Thierno Lô, Minister of Environment and Nature Protection, Senegal; Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal; Bakary Kante, Director of the Division of Environmental Law and Convention, UNEP; Maged Younes, Acting Executive Secretary; and David Odgen, Secretariat.
Delegates listen intently during the opening morning plenary.
Delegates consulting informally at the end of the morning plenary.
Abdoulaye Wade, President of Senegal, underscored the need for parties, especially donor countries, the GEF and partners to commit and mobilize technical and financial resources to allow countries to carry out activities identified in the National Implementation Plans.
Fernando Lugris, Uruguay, on behalf of GRULAC, referred to Decision SC-1/15 (Technical assistance), requesting action by the Secretariat.
Yue Ruisheng, China, noted that divergent opinions are still held on non-compliance, underscoring the need for the transfer of technologies and resources.
COW Chair, Karel Blaha, highlighted the spirit of cooperation expressed by many parties and wished for a successful meeting.
Maged Younes, Acting Executive Secretary; urged parties to volunteer for the position of the Budget Group Chair.
David Odgen, Secretariat
Delegates elected Thierno Lô, Senegal as COP-3 President.
L-R: Thierno Lô, Minister of Environment and Nature Protection, Senegal; Maged Younes, Acting Executive Secretary; and David Odgen, Secretariat.
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