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Third Meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs-3)

Geneva, Switzerland
6 - 11 Septembre, 1999

On the fourth day of INC-3, delegates met in a morning Plenary session to hear reports from the LDG, the contact group on measures to reduce or eliminate POPs releases, the Implementation Group and the Negotiation Group. In the afternoon, the Implementation Group discussed EU and Canadian submissions on technical assistance and the Negotiation Group discussed procedure and criteria for adding new chemicals and information exchange. The contact group on measures to reduce or eliminate POPs releases met throughout the day and a contact group on byproducts met in an evening session.

View of the contact group on POPs releases in session.
NIGERIA, on behalf of the African Group, stressed maintaining language on technical and financial assistance.
Implementation Group
EGYPT stressed technical assistance to build landfills and incinerators to destroy POPs stockpiles, supported development of training and awareness programmes at the subregional levels and called for a transparent mechanism for requesting technical assistance.
PAKISTAN suggested pooling donor funds into the GEF under a POPs elimination fund.
IRAN remarked that the EU proposal lacked strong obligations and called for stronger language and more commitments under Article J
The GEF said the global nature of POPs brought them under its mandate.
INDIA supported an indicative list for capacity building areas and suggested additional areas, inter alia: sending experts for problem solving; technology for new products; conduct of studies; and preparation of guidance documents.
NIGER underscored the need for assured assistance in follow-up to inventories.
ICELAND emphasized the importance of having information on supply and demand of technical assistance and the value of the CHM function.
PERU requested articulation of the linkage between technical and financial assistance.
LESOTHO expressed concern that the text overlooked technology transfer, rehabilitation of contaminated areas and formulation of national implementation plans.
The EU preferred broad language with regard to capacity building.

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