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Ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC9) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

14-19 October 2013, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy

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Highlights for Wednesday, 16 October 2013
POPRC-9 reconvened in plenary on Wednesday morning to hear reports from the working groups and continue its consideration of individual agenda items, including: the approach to the evaluation of chemicals in accordance with Annex E to the Stockholm Convention; rotation of membership; guidance on how to assess the possible impact of climate change on the work of the Committee; and coordination and collaboration with other scientific subsidiary bodies.

In the morning, Estefânia Gastaldello Moreira (Brazil) reported that the PCP drafting group had made progress, and requested the group become a Friends of the Chair group to enable an incoming member to participate in the discussion. Peter Dawson (New Zealand) indicated that the decaBDE contact group reached agreement on chemical identity, persistence, adverse effects and LRET, but not bioaccumulation. Francisca Katagira (Tanzania) reported that the dicofol contact group had a “long discussion” of persistence, with particular focus on the various pH levels found in different bodies of water. In response to a request from a member, the group was asked to reconvene in the afternoon to review the criteria set out in Annex D, and then to convert into a drafting group to move forward on its work. Mohammed Khashashneh (Jordan) reported that the drafting group on the process for evaluation of PFOS, its salts and PFOSF had completed much of its work and agreed to assess the limited number of alternatives available for PFOS for acceptable uses.

In the afternoon, the Committee elected Estefânia Gastaldello Moreira (Brazil) and Azhari Abdelbagi (Sudan) as Chair and Vice-Chair of the POPRC, respectively, effective 5 May 2014. All chairs reported on their progress indicating that they needed to reconvene to finalize their work. In addition, POPRC-9 adopted decisions on guidance on alternatives to PFOS, its salts, PFOSF and their related chemicals, and on guidance on how to assess the possible impact of climate change on the POPRC's work. The POPRC also decided to recommend the listing of chlorinated naphthalenes in Annexes A and C of the Stockholm Convention.

The three working groups, as well as a newly-formed Friends of the Chair group on the process for evaluation of PFOS, its salts and PFOSF, convened in the evening.
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L-R: POPRC member Sylvain Bintein (France), Anke Joas (EU), Katinka Van der Jagt (EU), and POPRC member Martien Janssen (the Netherlands)
Lulwa Ali, Kuwait, intervenes during a discussion on the risk management evaluation of CNs.
Azhari Abdelbagi, Sudan, presents the guidance on how to assess the possible impact of climate change on the Committee’s work.
POPRC member Jianxin Hu, China, intervenes during a discussion on chlorinated naphthalenes.
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Fransisca Katagira, Tanzania, chairs the contact group on dicofol.
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L-R: POPRC members Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, and Masuru Kitano, Japan, prepare for the afternoon plenary.
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L-R: Mark Trewhitt, CropLife International, and Gary Fan, Australia, discuss dicofol during a break.
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POPRC 9 resources

*Meeting website

*Meeting provisional agenda

*Meeting documents

*Provisional agenda of the POPRC-9 pre-meeting, 13 October 2013

*POPRC Members


CRC 9 resources

*Meeting website

*Meeting documents

*Meeting provisional agenda

*CRC overview and mandate

*PIC CRC 9 Members


CRC and POPRC Joint meeting resources

*Meeting website

*Meeting documents


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention (BC COP11), Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP6), Sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention (SC COP6) and Second simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the three Conferences of the Parties to the three conventions (ExCOPs2), 28 April - 10 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS summary and analysis of POPRC-8, 15-19 October 2012, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary and analysis of CRC 8, 19-23 March 2012, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of RC COP-5, 20-24 June 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS summary and analysis of POPRC-7, 10-14 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of SC COP-5, 25-29 April 2011, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS summary and analysis of POPRC-6, 11-15 October 2010, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of ExCOPs-1 and Eleventh Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF), 22-26 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia

*IISD RS briefing note of the POPRC-5, 12-16 October 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of SC COP4, 4-8 May 2009, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS coverage of RC COP-4, 27-31 October 2008, Rome, Italy

*IISD RS coverage of BC COP-9, 23-27 June 2008, Bali, Indonesia

*IISD RS coverage of BC COP-8, 27 November - 1 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS archive of meetings on chemicals management

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*Chemicals and Wastes Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Addressing Chemicals and Wastes Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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