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Second Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants Held

May 8, 2006

The 2nd Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) was held in Geneva, Switzerland between the 1st and 5th of May, 2006. Issues addressed by the COP included an effectiveness evaluation of the Convention, guidance for national implementation plans, and activities of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC), among other matters.

The COP decided to initiate the development of a global monitoring plan, and has recognized that the East-Asian POPs Monitoring Program that Japan has implemented is well-suited to be one of the components of the plan. The Ministry of the Environment introduced the Program at one of the side events.

The COP adopted the guidance document for the review and updating of national implementation plans. The Ministry of the Environment introduced the Japanese National Implementation Plan endorsed on June 24, 2005 at one of the side events and distributed copies of the plan to participants.

The COP confirmed the appointment of members of the POPRC, including Dr. Kitano Masaru from Japan, and also received a report on the first POPRC held in November 2005.

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