Convention COP4 convenes in Geneva
The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Stockholm Convention opened in Geneva, Switzerland on
Monday, 4 May 2009. Delegates heard opening addresses by Ndiaye Cheikh Sylla, Senegal, and Donald Cooper, Executive
Secretary of the Stockholm Convention and addressed organizational matters during the morning plenary.
Delegates initiated a discussion on substantive matters, including the listing of new chemicals in Annexes A, B or C of the
Convention, in the early afternoon. The nine new chemicals were considered individually, with parties addressing technical
and political issues regarding the inclusion of the chemicals. Delegates tasked the Secretariat to prepare draft decisions
for listing six chemicals (chlordecone, hexabromobiphenyl
(HBB), lindane, alpha-HCH, beta-HCH and pentachlorobenzene
(PeCB)) in the Convention.
Three chemicals (c-octaBDE, c-pentaBDE, PFOS) were referred to a contact group on new chemicals, chaired by John Roberts (UK), for further deliberation. The contact group began its work
on Monday evening.
discussed matters related to the POPRC including
membership, conflict of interest and terms of reference for the POPRC. Delegates
referred the issue of terms of
reference to a Friends of the
Late in the afternoon, delegates discussed the issue of non-compliance. After an initial exchange of views delegates agreed
to convene a contact group on non-compliance, chaired by Anne Daniel (Canada).