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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

Highlights for Monday, 25 April 2011
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
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.

POPs COP5 Opens in Geneva
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The dais during the opening plenary.

Jim Willis, Joint Executive Secretary of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions.
Bakary Kante, UNEP, spoke on behalf of Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP.
Monique Barbut, Chief Executive Officer, GEF.
Paulina Lopez Fletes, youth representative and recipient of the Safe Planet Campaign film contest award.

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

Members of the Global Indigenous Peoples' Caucus greeted delegates at the entrance to the CICG.

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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
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