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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

Stockholm Convention COP4 convenes in Geneva

Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary, Stockholm Convention, delivered his opening address to COP4.

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.

Delegates 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 President group.

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). 


OPENING PLENARY


L-R: Opening addresses were given by Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm Convention, Bakary Kante on behalf of Achim Steiner,
Executive Director of UNEP and Ndiaye Cheikh Sylla, Senegal.

COP3 to COP4 Presidency handover from Senegal to Iran.>
President Alireza Moaiyeri (Iran) welcomed participants to COP4 and emphasized the importance of multilateral cooperation in eliminating the threats posed by POPs to humans and the environment.

Reiner Arndt, POPRC Chair, Germany
David Ogden, Secretariat

OPENING PLENARY

L-R: Fatoumata Ouane, Secretariat; COP4 Vice President Fernando Lugris, Uruguay; Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm Convention.
L-R: John Thompson, US, in informal consultation with Lee Eels and Barry Reveille, Australia.

CONTACT GROUP

John Roberts, Contact Group Chair on new chemicals.
L-R: Anne Daniel, Contact Group Chair on non-compliance, with Margaret Kenny, Canada.

L-R: Co-Chairs Ramon Guardans, Spain, and Victoria Mupwaya, Zambia.
L-R: Co-Chair Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan; María Cristina Cárdenas-Fischer, Secretariat; and Co-Chair Jozef Buys, Belgium.

Contact Group session on new chemicals.

SNAPSHOTS

Members of the International Indian Treaty Council reminded delegates of the health impacts of POPs during the first day of the Stockholm Convention's COP4 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Above photos L-R: COP4 registration morning rush; posters on POPs; and the Swiss delegation consulting.

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