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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Monday, 30 April - Tuesday, 1 May - Wednesday, 2 May - Thursday, 3 May - Friday, 4 May

POPs COP-3 Highlights: Thursday 3 May 2007

The Committee of the Whole (COW) met throughout the day to: hear reports of the budget, technical assistance, non-compliance and effectiveness evaluation contact groups; and to discuss national implementation plans (NIPs), synergies, POPs wastes and information exchange. The COW also considered draft decisions on, inter alia: revised process for the review of entries in the register of specific exemptions; guidelines on best available techniques (BAT) and draft guidance on best environmental practices (BEP); standardized toolkit for identification and quantification of releases; reporting; and DDT.

The contact groups on technical assistance and the budget met throughout the day and evening. Informal consultations were held on non-compliance and POPs wastes. A Friends of the Non-Compliance Contact Group Chair met in the evening to resolve outstanding issues.

Morning COW Session
Delegates during the morning COW session.
Farran Redfern, Kiribati, offered a Pacific regional project to clean up POPs, including PCBs and obsolete pesticides, as a practical example of synergies.
Amb. Antonio Jose Rezende De Castro, Brazil, underlined the need to review and update information on sources of dioxins and furans.
Ahmed Ali Mubarak Busamra, United Arab Emirates.
Chinese delegation. L-R: Wang Qian and Xie Fei.
Delegates in consultation during the morning break.
Alexander Nies, Germany on behalf of the EU, proposed additional language including collaboration with WHO.
Andrea Repeti, Argentina, reported completion of NIPs and submission to the Secretariat.
Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, underscored the importance of synergies between the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development Team sharing intelligence during the morning break. L-R: Karen Alvarenga, Brazil; Sikina Jinnah, United States of America; Olivia Pasini, Italy; Melanie Ashton, Australia; and Kunbao Xia, China.
Afternoon COW Session
Delegates during the afternoon COW session.
Fukuya Lino, United Nations University.
Lee Eeles, Australia, described Australia's achievements in developing effective alternatives to Mirex and subsequently phasing out its use as "the ducks nuts".
Patrick Kamanda Isagara, Uganda, noted that his country is in the process of establishing a structure for the Convention’s implementation.
COW sessions.
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Monday, 30 April - Tuesday, 1 May - Wednesday, 2 May - Thursday, 3 May - Friday, 4 May
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Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, 27 November - 1 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya
First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention, 2-6 May 2005, Punta del Este, Uruguay
Third meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (PIC COP-3), 9-13 October 2006, Geneva, Switzerland
Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention, 1-5 May 2006,Geneva, Switzerland
First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention, 2-6 May 2005, Punta del Este, Uruguay
ENB Summary report of the Second Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention, COP-2
ENB Summary report of the Rotterdam Convention PIC COP-3
ENB Summary report of the Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention
A brief introduction to the Stockholm POPs Convention
ENB Coverage of meetings on Chemicals Management
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