Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP)

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is a global treaty to protect human health and environment from Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). POPs are chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in fatty tissue of living organisms and are toxic to humans and wildlife. POPs circulate globally and can cause damage wherever they travel.

In implementing the Stockholm Convention, Governments need to take measures to eliminate or reduce the release of POPs into the environment. Specifically, under Article 7 of the Convention, each Party is to develop and endeavour to carry out an implementation plan for its obligations under the Convention, to transmit this plan to the Conference of the Parties within two years of the date of which the Convention enters into force and to review and update the plan, as appropriate, on a periodic basis.

The key objective of the IOMC Technical Coordinating Group on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is to promote coherence among participating organizations and governments to address POPs and their obligations under the Stockholm Convention.

KEY DOCUMENT

Members and Designated Representatives

See Annex 2 of Third Meeting Report below.

MEETINGS

7 NOVEMBER 2005 - WASHINGTON

4th Meeting of the IOMC Technical Coordinating Group on Persistent Organic Pollutants

3 JUNE 2005 - WASHINGTON

3rd Meeting of the IOMC Technical Coordinating Group on Persistent Organic Pollutants

17 MAY 2004 - WASHINGTON

2nd Meeting of the IOMC Technical Coordinating Group on Persistent Organic Pollutants

13 MAY 2003 - WASHINGTON

1st Meeting of the IOMC Technical Coordinating Group on Persistent Organic Pollutants

14 MAY 2002 - WASHINGTON

Report of a planning meeting on the development of a new IOMC technical coordinating group for Persistent Organic Pollutants

28-29 JANUARY 2002

Report of an expanded IOMC meeting on National Implementation Plans (NIPs) for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

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