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IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) has produced daily web updates and a summary and analysis of the POPRC-9 meeting. To download our report, kindly click the HTML or PDF icons below. In addition, IISD RS has produced web updates from the POPRC9/CRC Joint Session and CRC-9 meeting. A summary and analysis of CRC9/CRC-POPRC9 Joint Session will be available on this site on Monday, 28 October 2013.
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Ninth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC9) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Ninth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC9) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, and
POPRC and CRC Joint Session

14-25 October 2013, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, Rome, Italy

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Highlights for Sunday, 20 October 2013
The first Joint Meeting of the Stockholm Convention's Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) and the Rotterdam Convention's Chemicals Review Committee (CRC) convened Sunday at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Clayton Campagnolo, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention, and Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions and Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention, both stressed the importance of work of the POPRC and CRC and called on members to explore how they can cooperate to enhance scientific support to their Conventions and parties.

POPRC Chair Reiner Arndt (Germany) and CRC Chair Hala Al-Easa reviewed the mandates and review processes of their respective Committees. On possible alignment of POPRC and CRC working arrangements, discussion focused on promoting participation of observers. On scientific information exchange relating to review of chemicals, Robert Chénier (Canada) and Sarah Maillefer (Switzerland) presented how POPRC and CRC identify and list chemicals including consideration of impurities. Azhari Abdelbagi (Sudan) presented the CRC’s process to develop the decision guidance documents while Floria Roa Gutiérrez (Costa Rica) presented the POPRC’s process for its risk profile.

The Joint Meeting decided that an intersessional working group, to be co-chaired by Mirijam Kristina Brigitta Seng (France) and Azhari Abdelbagi (Sudan) and open to members of both Committees, would convene to develop a guidance assisting parties to the Rotterdam Convention and the CRC in their work when a chemical under consideration is a POP listed under the Stockholm Convention. The Committees approved a work plan outlining that the draft guidance can be presented to CRC-10 in October 2014.

Discussing further steps to enhance the cooperation and coordination between the POPRC and CRC, participants agreed that the Committees should brief each other on relevant decisions as well as any past work of decisions that might be relevant to chemicals under review. They also agreed both Committees should keep cooperation on their agendas to promote new ideas for cooperation and coordination. Participants discussed consideration at POPRC-10 of ways to work on notifications under Annex D intersessionally in a way similar to the CRC Bureau’s intersessional consideration of notifications of final regulatory action. Other ideas discussed to improve the work of the Committees included asking notifying parties that submit a notification under the Rotterdam Convention of final regulatory action to orally present it to the CRC and answer any CRC member questions may have concerning the notification.

Chairs Arndt and Al-Easa indicated their satisfaction with the results of the Joint Meeting, and expressed the hope that it would be only the beginning of cooperation. The meeting ended at 4:16 pm.
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L-R: CRC Chair, Hala Al-Easa (Qatar); POPRC Chair Reiner Arndt (Germany); co-Executive Secretary Jim Willis, and co-Executive Secretary Clayton Campagnolo, prepare their statements to open the first ever joint meeting between the POPRC and the CRC.
Sarah Maillefer, CRC member, Switzerland, completes her presentation on the CRC’s identification of chemicals and contaminants.
L-R: Anja Bartels, CRC member, Austria, and Martien Janssen, POPRC member, the Netherlands, present on the listing of endosulfan under the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions during the lunchtime side event.
Robert Chénier, POPRC member, Canada, presents the POPRC’s identification and listing of chemicals.
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L-R: Boniface Mbewe, CRC member, Zambia; Samuel Banda, POPRC member, Zambia; and Francisca Katagira, POPRC member, Tanzania, discuss the Committees’ work.
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L-R: POPRC Chair Arndt and CRC Chair Al-Easa conclude the joint meeting between the POPRC and CRC.
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CRC members and POPRC members mingle before the lunchtime side event on endosulfan.
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Related Links
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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