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The Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Adoption and Signing of the Stockholm Convention
on Persistent Organic Pollutants


Stockholm, Sweden, 21– 23 May 2001
 
Daily coverage: |Tuesday 22 May|  |Wednesday 23 May|
The Preparatory Meeting for the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants met today in Stockholm to complete preparation the of the resolutions for consideration by the Conference of Plenipotentiaries  which begins today. The Preparatory Meeting approved resolutions on a tribute to the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden and Liability and Redress and the Capacity Assistance Network. The final resolution on interim arrangements was approved at 6:30.  

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Jim Willis, UNEP Chemicals Director, opened the Preparatory Meeting on Monday, 21 May, and thanked the Government of Sweden for hosting and funding the Preparatory Meeting and Conference of the Plenipotentiaries

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Viveka Bohn

 


Viveka Bohn, Senior Advisor, International Environment Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden

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Participants embrace

 


Jim Willis recalled that a number of resolutions were not agreed at Johannesburg due to time constraints, including those on interim arrangements, a capacity assistance network, liability and redress, and tribute to the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden. Reminding delegates that this was a celebratory meeting, he urged that delegates work expeditiously and with the spirit of compromise

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Erik Larsson, Senior Advisor, UNEP Chemicals

 


Caroline Caza, Canada


Karel Blaha, Czech Republic


Robert Matheson, Canada

 

Delegates provisionally adopted the Rules of Procedure, and elected John Buccini, Canada, as Chair of the Preparatory Meeting.


John Buccini, Canada


Chair Buccini proposed that members of the INC Bureau – Maria Cristina Cardenas Fischer, Colombia, Darka Hamel, Croatia, and Ephraim Buti Mathebula, South Africa, – be elected, noting that a new nominee was required by the Asia-Pacific group. Ali Abu Hasani, Iran, was later elected from the Asia Pacific Region

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Bo Wahlström, Senior Scientific Advisor, UNEP Chemicals


John Whitelaw, UNEP Chemicals


Mohammad Rezza Salamat


Mohammad Rezza Salamat, IRAN, on behalf of the G-77/CHINA, proposed that the Rules of Procedure for future INCs be amended to increase the Bureau membership from five to ten members. With a note regarding the G-77/China proposal, delegates adopted the full Rules of Procedure mutatis mutandis

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G-77/CHINA introduced an alternative resolution on capacity building and capacity assistance network (UNEP/POPS/CONF/PM/CRP.2), emphasizing that it is the prerogative of the signatories to agree on how the design of the CAN

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Annik Dollacker, Chair, International Relations & Communications Steering Committee, Global Crop Protection Federation


Annik Dollacker



Zakaria Hoski, Chad with members of the Canadian delegation

 

CANADA, with the EU and the US, suggested replacing all references to Parties to signatories, which was accepted by Plenary. She also questioned text referring to the development of frameworks for capacity building. The EU suggested, and delegates accepted, replacing this language with “arrangements.” CANADA proposed additional text on UNEP “as the interim Secretariat” and the Chief Executive Officer of the GEF “to act in cooperation” to develop the modalities for a CAN. Representatives from UNEP and the GEF confirmed their intent to cooperate, and the text was agreed

Regarding the resolution on interim arrangements, the G-77/CHINA, said the subsidiary body referred to should not list chemicals during the interim period. The G-77/CHINA, supported by CANADA, the US, NEW ZEALAND and AUSTRALIA, and the RUSSIAN FEDERATION, proposed deleting paragraphs referring to the interim subsidiary body and replacing them with a paragraph inviting the INC to recommend draft rules of procedure, composition, and operational guidelines for the functioning of the subsidiary body to be established under Article 19 (Conference of the Parties) of the Convention for the consideration by the COP at its first session. The EU supported language on a subsidiary body to look at possible new candidate POPs before entry into force. SWITZERLAND suggested a chemicals review committee similar to that established during the interim period under the Rotterdam Convention. NORWAY said that although the decision to add new chemicals must be taken by COP, the process for identifying may take considerable time and that the procedure for a subsidiary body should be decided by the INC. In the afternoon and after EU consultations, the EU, supported by POLAND, proposed adding to the G-77/China’s proposal language on establishing an interim subsidiary body to carry out the functions entrusted to it in accordance with Article 8 (Listing of chemicals in the Annexes). The G-77/CHINA, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, the RUSSIAN FEDERATION, the US and JAPAN objected

 


Fountain outside the entrance of the City Conference Center



ENB Coverage of POPS INC-4 and Summary of POPS-5
Linkages Chemical Management page
ENB's "Introduction to chemical management"
UNEP POPs page with official documents and information for participants
Joint UNEP Chemicals / WHO-GEENET web site and the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety web site

 

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