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Persistent Organic Pollutants

Following the entry into force of the 1998 Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in October 2003, a Task Force on POPs was established by Executive Body decision 2003/10

The Task Force was discontinued by Executive Body decision 2013/22. Work on POPs is now being addressed under the Task Force on Techno-economic issues. Scientific work on POPs continues under relevant EMEP and Working Group on Effects bodies.

Led by Canada and the Netherlands, the Task Force addressed the technical needs of the reviews and reassessments required by the  Protocol on POPs and the procedures for adding substances to its annexes I, II or III, as set out in Executive Body decision 1998/2. This work culminated in the adoption of the amendments to the Protocol on POPs by the Executive Body in 2009.In line with the globalization of action on POPs, the Long-term Strategy for the Convention highlighted that if new substances would arise where action would be needed, the first priority for Parties should be to nominate them under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Reports of the task force meetings:

ECE/EB.AIR/WG.5/2010/8

Report to the 47th session of the Working Group on Strategies and Review

ECE/EB.AIR/WG.5/2009/7

Report to the 45th session of the Working Group on Strategies and Review

ECE.EB.AIR/WG.5/2009/1

Report to the 43rd session of the Working Group on Strategies and Review