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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

Group photo of Ministers attending the POPs COP4 High-Level Segment.

Stockholm COP high-level segment convenes

The fourth meeting of Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Stockholm Convention high-level segment convened in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday, 7 May 2009.

The high-level segment was opened by a performance by a Swiss folkloric group. During the morning plenary session, delegates heard statements by ministers and, during the afternoon, statements by heads of delegation. During the afternoon, ministers attended small roundtable discussions.

Contact groups on new chemicals, financial resources and technical assistance, and budget convened throughout the day. A small Friends of the Chair group met with Anne Daniel (Canada) on non-compliance throughout the day. 


 
HIGH-LEVEL PLENARY
 
   
 

 
 
L-R: The dais during the high-level segment, with Robert Dixon, GEF; Maria Neira, WHO; Bakary Kante, UNEP; David Ogden, Secretariat; COP4 President Alireza Moaiyeri, Iran; Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary, Stockholm Convention; Ndiaye Cheikh Sylla, Senegal; and Fatoumata Ouane, Secretariat.
 
   
 

  Delegates in the opening of the high-level plenary were treated to traditional Swiss folk music.
 
 

Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary, Stockholm Convention
Bakary Kante, UNEP
Maria Neira, WHO

Ndiaye Cheikh Sylla, Senegal
COP4 President Alireza Moaiyeri, Iran
Robert Dixon, GEF
 
 
Fatemeh Vaez Javadi, Vice President, Iran Jan Dusik, Czech Republic Karl Falkenberg, European Commission
 
 

Delegates from Samoa: Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, Minister of Environment, Samoa, (front) with Adele Keile, Kassandra Betham and Tu'u'u Ieti Taulealo.
L-R: Claudia Mora-Pineda, Vice-Minister for Environment, Colombia, with Adriana Mendoza Agudelo, Colombia.
 
 
L-R: Irakli Legashuili and Gocha Mamatsashuili, Georgia. Thai delegation headed by Suwit Khunkitti, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (center).
 
 
 
CONTACT GROUPS:
 
 
Contact group on budget in session. L-R: Kerstin Stendahl, Finland, and Jacqueline Alvarez, Uruguay, contact group on Budget Co-Chairs
 
 

Delegates busy drafting text for the contact group on new chemicals.
 
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  PHOTOS FROM THE RECEPTION HOSTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF SWITZERLAND:  
 
 
 

 
 
 
   
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