Photos and RealAudio
for 6 September - Opening Plenary
Roch, , State Secretary, Director of the Swiss Agency for Environment,
Forests and Landscape, called for solidarity and a global effort to
stop POPs production and to eliminate existing stocks. Roch also emphasized
the need to add other substances to the convention and to apply pressure
on industry to stop development and production of additional POPs.
| Dr. Klaus
T�pfer, Executive Director of UNEP, remarked that the INC is at a
critical point in the negotiations and emphasized that it is time
to develop specific control measures and set deadlines for the 12
POPs. He stressed that no country is immune to POPs, that no country
acting alone can address POPs and that every country will benefit
from participating in global action.
|| Chair John Buccini (Canada) introduced
and delegates adopted the provisional agenda (UNEP/POPS/INC.3/1.)
He presented the planned organization of work contained in a Secretariat's
Note (UNEP/POPS/INC.3/INF/7) and indicated his intent to address in
Plenary articles on the basic obligations of the convention, specifically:
measures to reduce or eliminate releases of POPs; national implementation
plans; information exchange; public information, awareness and education;
and research, development and monitoring.
|Jim Willis, UNEP Chemicals,
introduced the meeting reports, meeting documents and information
documents as contained in UNEP/POPS/INC.3/INF/16. He highlighted two
meeting documents prepared at the request of INC-2: an analysis of
selected conventions covering the ten intentionally produced POPs
(UNEP/POPS/INC.3/2); and definitional issues relating to POPs-disposal,
destruction, wastes and stockpiles (UNEP/POPS/INC.3/3).
||The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
highlighted a progress report on the development of the WHO action
plan for the reduction of reliance on DDT use for public health purposes
(UNEP/POPS/INC.3/INF/15) and stressed overcoming the cost of alternatives.
|PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL
RESPONSIBILITY expressed concern over DDT use for malaria control
and, with the US and the WWF, stressed the need to phase out DDT and
redirect attention to the research and creation of new mechanisms
to control malaria.
||Criteria Expert Group Co-Chairs Reiner
Arndt (Germany) noted that CEG-2 had fulfilled the groups mandate.
He said the CEG agreed organic substances with transformation products
are POPs should be eligible for nomination. He noted the CEG did not
reach agreement on: the half-life in water necessary to meet the persistence
criteria; the log Kow necessary to demonstrate bioaccumulation; or
the definition for the potential for long-range environmental transport.
He also noted the CEG supported reference to the precautionary principle
in the convention.
| CEG Co-Chair Fatoumata
Jallow Ndoye (The Gambia) noted the CEG considered options for a chemical
review committee and preferred establishment of two chemical review
committees to address risk assessment and risk management.
||Members of Greenpeace
protesting outside the conference site, calling for faster action
and the inclusion of more chemicals in the POPs negotiations.