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

14-18 October 2013, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy

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Highlights for Friday, 18 October 2013
POPRC-9 convened for the final day of its meeting on Friday, 18 October. In the morning, the Committee adopted a decision to undertake activities to support effective participation in the work of the POPRC. The Committee also agreed that POPRC-10 would be held from 27-31 October 2014 at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. This meeting will follow the tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee to the Rotterdam Convention, which will be held during the preceding week in the same venue.

During the lunch break, participants attended a side event on POPs in articles (e.g., POPs in toys, electronics, and other consumer products.) Additionally, a Friends of the Chair group met to work on the draft decision on pentachlorophenol (PCP).

In the afternoon, the Committee reconvened in plenary to complete its work. POPRC-9 adopted the risk profile on PCP, its salts and esters, and decided the substance is likely to lead to adverse effects on human health and the environment. PCP will now advance to the Annex F stage of review, for which a risk management evaluation will be drafted.

POPRC-9 also decided that decaBDE meets the Annex D screening criteria, thereby advancing the substance to the Annex E stage of review, for which a risk profile will be drafted. The Committee continued its consideration of whether dicofol meets the Annex D screening criteria, but due to the objections of one member, could not reach consensus to advance dicofol to the Annex E stage. The proposal will be placed on the POPRC-10 agenda for further consideration.

At the close of the meeting, outgoing Chair Reiner Arndt thanked a long list of people who have contributed to the work of POPRC, which he has chaired since its inception. Noting that they had worked together for nearly 20 years, Executive Secretary Jim Willis said that under Chair Arndt’s leadership the POPRC had made “phenomenal progress” and “stood head and shoulders above” comparable committees. On behalf of the public interest NGOs, Mariann Lloyd-Smith, IPEN, thanked Chair Arndt for establishing a culture of inclusiveness within the Committee, and presented him with a photo album with pictures documenting his tenure as POPRC Chair.

Chair Arndt gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:03 pm.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary of POPRC9 will be available here on Monday, 21 October 2013.
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Executive Secretary Jim Willis thanks Chair Reiner Arndt for over 20 years of hard work and achievements in global chemical regulation.
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Roland Weber, POPs Environmental Consulting, presents at a side event on POPs in articles.
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L-R: Chair Reiner Arndt, Germany, and Vice-Chair Kyunghee Choi, Republic of Korea, discuss intersessional work before the afternoon plenary.
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Presenters and the Secretariat prepare for the side event and set up the accompanying webinar.
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L-R: Meriel Watts, Pesticide Action Network, and Timo Seppälä, Finland, discuss the information presented in the lunchtime side event.
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L-R: Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, discusses the state of the dicofol debate with Samuel Banda, Zambia
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L-R: Mantoa Sekota, Lesotho; Marcus Richards, St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and Sarah Maillefer, Switzerland, observe the discussion of dicofol.
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L-R: Sylvain Bintein, France; Timo Seppälä, Finland; Estefânia Gastaldello Moreira, Brazil; and Norma Sbarbati-Nudelman, Argentina, discuss options for resolving members' views on dicofol.
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POPRC members and Chair Arndt discuss how to move forward on dicofol.
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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

*Chemicals-L - A news and announcement list on chemicals and wastes news and policy developments

*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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