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Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

25-29 April 2011 | Geneva, Switzerland

Summary of the Meeting
POPs COP6 President, Osvaldo Álvarez, Chile
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Stockholm Convention convened for its final day in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, 29 April 2011.

During the morning delegates convened in plenary and adopted several decisions, including on: listing endosulfan in Annex A of the Convention; guidance on technical assistance; effectiveness evaluation; and the endorsement of seven Stockholm Convention regional centres.

During the afternoon plenary, delegates considered and agreed decisions on the needs assessment and facilitating work with regard to financial resources and mechanisms.

Plenary was suspended at 6:00pm pending the outcome of informal negotiations on recycling of BDEs and PFOS and DDT.

9:00pm COP5 continues consideration of decisions on DDT and synergies.

10:45pm plenary continues debating BDE decision without translation.

11:15pm plenary adopts CRP.21 on BDEs and PFOS.

12:10am President Blaha gavelled the meeting to a close.

ENB SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS: The Earth Negotiations Bulletin Summary and Analysis of POPs COP5 is available in HTML and PDF format.

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The dais shares a laugh with the delegates
Delegates applauding during closing speeches of the meeting

Szilvia Deim, EU, expressing final thoughts on POPs COP5
A delegate speaking on behalf of the Inuit People

Friday, 29 April

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COP5 President, Karel Blaha tapping his gavel
Romina Bocache, Argentina, applauding a decision

Participant at the Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production
Jennifer Federico, IPEN with Participants at the Annex A Café
Virginia Meneses, CETESB


Thursday, 28 April

The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Stockholm Convention convened for its fourth day in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday, 28 April 2011.

During the morning delegates convened in plenary and considered polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and DDT.

During the afternoon plenary, delegates considered and agreed draft decisions on information exchange, effectiveness evaluation, reporting and the operation of the POPRC. Decisions related to endosulfan were deferred until Friday.

Contact groups on budget, synergies, finance, and technical assistance met throughout the day.

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Contact group on Synergies

Kateřina Šebková, EU
Jorge Corrales, Panama
Franz Xaver Perrez, Switzerland
Peter Kenmore, FAO

Side Event: POPs-free Products & POPs in Articles

Kei Ohno, UNEP, asking participants "Does a mobile phone contain POPs?"
Liselott Säll, Norway
Deborah Altschuler, NPA, displays POPs-free lice remover for children and pets

Contact group on Finance

Jozef Buys, Belgium
Henrik Eriksen, Norway, having a discussion with other delegates
Fengqiao Mei, in informal discussions.


Wednesday, 27 April

The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Stockholm Convention convened for its third day in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, 27 April 2011.

During the morning, delegates convened in plenary and considered issues relating to exemptions, effectiveness evaluation, and non-compliance.

During the afternoon plenary, delegates addressed the reduction of unintentionally released POPs through best available techniques (BAT) and best environmental practices (BEP), information exchange, reporting and other matters.

Contact groups on budget, synergies, finance, and new POPs met throughout the day.

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Contact group on Endosulfan

Hala Saif Al-Easa, Qatar, endosulfan and new POPs contact group Chair
Henrik Lauren, EU
Reiner Arndt, Germany, POPRC Chair

Contact group on Budget

Kerstin Stendahl, Finland, budget group Chair, Susanne Bengtsson, Secretariat, Peter Rossier, Secretariat
Jill Hannah, EC, in the budget contact group

Around the Venue

Display booth for POPs Social, a new social networking platform of the Stockholm Convention clearing-house mechanism
Participant enjoying his POPs-free organic Alaskan Salmon


Tuesday, 26 April

The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Stockholm Convention convened for its second day in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, 26 April 2011.

During the morning, delegates convened in plenary and held an initial exchange of views on finance and endosulfan.

During the afternoon plenary, delegates addressed work plans on new POPs, synergies and exemptions.

The budget contact group met throughout the day. The contact group on synergies convened during the afternoon. Contact groups on endosulfan and finance convened during the evening.

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Xia Ying Xian, China
Caroline Wamae, Kenya
Kyi Kyi Myint, Myanmar
Halimah Syafrul, Indonesia

Charles R. Hanson, International Stewardship Centre, Inc.
Lulwa Nasser Ali, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
Mark Davis, FAO
Eva Krümmel, Inuit Circumpolar Council

Jim Willis arrives with Franz Xaver Perrez, Switzerland
COP5 President Karel Blaha arrives
ENB Team arrives


Monday, 25 April

The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Stockholm Convention opened in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday 25 April 2011.

Delegates heard opening addresses by Gholamhossein Dehghani (Iran), and Jim Willis, Joint Executive Secretary of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions. Bakary Kante, on behalf of Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, and Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer, Global Environment Facility (GEF), also addressed delegates. Delegates then addressed organizational matters and made opening statements.

During the afternoon plenary, delegates continued opening statements and initiated the discussion on substantive matters including national implementation plans and technical assistance.

During the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by the Swiss Government.

*Visit the web coverage for Monday, 25 April 2011.
*Download the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) summary and analysis of the POPs COP meetings in English HTML or PDF format.
*Download the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) summary and analysis of the POPs COP meetings in French HTML or PDF format.

David Ogden, Secretariat, and Gholamhossein Dehghani, COP4 President, Iran
Jim Willis and newly-elected COP5 President Karel Blaha, Czech Republic

Olfat Hamdan, Lebanon
Szilvia Deim, EU
Gauri Kumar, India

Members of the Secretariat during the afternoon plenary session.
Franz Xaver Perrez, Switzerland
Monique Barbut, GEF with Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions

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Related Links
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants resources
*POPs COP5 website
*POPs COP5 documents
*POPs COP5 annotated agenda
*POPs COP5 tentative schedule
*POPs COP5 scenario note

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Sixth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC6) to the Stockholm Convention on POPs, 11-15 October 2010, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (Frech: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Simultaneous Extraordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs), and Eleventh Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF), 22-26 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of POPs POPRC-5, 12-16 October 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of POPs COP4, 4-8 May 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
*IISD RS archive of meetings on chemicals management, and backgrounder
*Chemicals-L - A news and announcement list on chemicals news and policy developments
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
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*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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