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Fourth meeting of the Conference of
the Parties to the Stockholm Convention
on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs COP4)

4-8 May 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

Swiss flags by Lake Geneva.

Stockholm COP4 convenes for its final day

The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Stockholm Convention convened for its final day in Geneva, Switzerland on Friday, 8 May 2009.

During the morning plenary session, delegates heard statements by ministers and heads of delegation, as well as an address by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.

Contact groups on financial resources and technical assistance, budget, and non-compliance convened throughout the day.

The afternoon plenary reconvened at 4.30pm for discussion and adoption of decisions.
After adopting the report of the meeting (UNEP/POPS/COP.4/L.1), plenary was suspended until 6:30pm.

The afternoon plenary reconvened at 4:30pm for discussion and adoption of decisions. After adopting the report of the meeting (UNEP/POPS/COP.4/L.1), plenary was suspended until 6:30pm, after which it reconvened to adopt the remainder of the report (UNEP/POPS/COP.4/L.1). The meeting was then suspended to all time for the technical assistance and financial resources contact groups to complete their work. At 12:30am plenary reconvened and a political compromise was announced relating to the listing of new chemicals and a decision on financial resources. Plenary was suspended again for information consultations and to allow time for the preparation of a decision document. At 4:00am delegates agreed to an historic decision to list nine new chemicals in the Convention, a decision on financial resources and other outstanding decisions. COP4 President Moaiyeri gavelled the meeting to a close at 4:37 am. 

  BREAKING NEWS:   
  4:37am – after agreeing a package decisions including on nine new chemicals and the financial mechanism, the meeting was closed at 4:37am.  
   
 

 
 
COP4 President Alireza Moaiyeri, Iran, gavelled the meeting to a close at 4:37 am.
 
   
  3:59am Stockholm COP takes historic decision and agrees to list nine new chemicals in the Convention.  
 
 
 

Delegates discussed text on PFOS.
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner in a discussion with China.
 
   
  12:33am delegates agree on package deal, plenary suspended to produce decision document.  
 
 
 

Rajiv Gauba, India 
Xia Ying Xian, China 
Karl Falkenberg, European Commission
 
 
 
 

 
 
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, in a discussion with Iran.
 
 
 
 
10:52pm – plenary adjourns to wait for financial mechanism and technical assistance draft decision documentation.
 
 
 
 

 
 
Contact group on financial resources and technical assistance in session late into the night.
 
   
  10:40 pm plenary reconvenes and considers draft decisions on new chemicals.  
 
 
 

Delegates crunching numbers in the contact group on budget.
Delegates from the Australia, Canada and the US in a huddle before the start of the evening plenary.
 
   
  10:02pm plenary reconvenes in an informal manner.  
   
 

 
 
L-R: David Ogden, Secretariat; COP4 President Alireza Moaiyeri, Iran; Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary, Stockholm Convention; Masa Nagai, Secretariat; and Bakary Kante, UNEP
 
 
 
  19:45 pm – Argentina offers to host COP5, plenary adjourned until budget and financial resources and technical assistance groups have completed work.  
 
 
 

Delegates scrambling for documents. 
Delegates from Argentina.
 
   
 
HIGH-LEVEL PLENARY
 
   
 

 
 
L-R: The dais during Friday's high-level plenary, Bakary Kante, UNEP; Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director; COP4 President Alireza Moaiyeri, Iran; Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary, Stockholm Convention; and David Ogden, Secretariat.
 
   
 

L-R: Ruben Zackhras, Minister, Office of the President, Marshall Islands, in a conversation with Tetabo Nakara, Minister of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development, Kiribati; UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, gave his address to the COP4 high-level plenary; Osvaldo Alvarez-Perez, Chile.

 
 

Hele Pierre, Minister of Environment and Nature Protection, Cameroon
Nikola Ruzinsky, State Secretary, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, Croatia
Adel Al-Zayami, Vice-Minister of the Environment, Bahrain

 
 
Claudia Mora-Pineda, Vice-Minister for Environment, Colombia Khieu Muth, Vice-Minister of Environment, Cambodia Luis María Couyoupetrou, Undersecretary, Secretary of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina
 
 
 
 
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María Cristina Cárdenas-Fischer, Secretariat, and Co-Chair Jozef Buys, Belgium, in the contact group on financial resources and technical assistance. 
Contact group on financial resources and technical assistance drafting text.
 
 
 
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ENB Team L-R: Pia Kohler, Switzerland; Anne Roemer-Mahler, Germany; Nancy Williams, US; Jessica Templeton, US; Melanie Ashton, Australia; Tallash Kantai, Kenya; and Franz Dejon, Canada
 
   
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