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COP8 to the Stockholm Convention lists 3 POPs including short-chain chlorinated paraffins
The eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) was held back-to-back with the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention, the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention from April 24 to May 5, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. About 1,300 participants from 171 parties, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, etc. attended the meeting. The Chinese delegation led by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and consisted of members from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Tsinghua University, Peking University, Chinese Academy of Sciences attended the meeting.

The meeting decides to list decabromodiphenyl ether and short-chain chlorinated paraffins in Annex A (Elimination) to the Convention, and to list hexachlorobutadiene in Annex C (Unintentional Production) to the Convention. Hexachlorobutadiene has already been listed in Annex A during the seventh meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention in 2015. Besides, the meeting also negotiates on multiple agenda items including joint issues of the above-mentioned three conventions, financial resources and technical assistance, effectiveness evaluation, compliances and adopts more than 30 decisions.

During the meeting, Foreign Economic Cooperation Office, Ministry of Environmental Protection of China (FECO/MEP) organized the exhibition on China’s achievement and progress of Stockholm Convention implementation and the side event “Bracing Resounding Success: ‘Internet plus’ Sustains Convention Implementation”, which have received a lot of attention from the participants of the meeting. Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, environmental ambassador of Switzerland, and representative of Global Environment Facility attended the side event and spoke highly of China’s outstanding contribution to global environmental protection in terms of Stockholm Convention implementation.

Source:China Environment Media

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