Highlights for Friday, 4 October 2019
POPRC-15 participants gathered for in plenary on Friday morning for the final day of the meeting. Only a short session was required for members to complete the work that remained on the agenda, in part thanks to the full discussions delegates held in plenary on Thursday.With regard to the three chemicals under review at this meeting, the Committee decided:
Both methoxychlor and Dechlorane Plus will move to the second stage of the POPRC’s review process. The Committee also agreed to establish intersessional working groups to prepare draft risk profiles of each of these substances. PFHxS will be forewarded to the next meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention, at which parties will decide whether and how to list this substance.This meeting marked the conclusion of Estefania Moreira’s tenure as Chair of the POPs Review Committee, and many members and observers expressed their deep appreciation for her leadership of the Committee’s work over the past six years. During this time, nine new POPs have been listed in the annexes to the Stockholm Convention. Expressing gratitude for her mentors, including the first POPRC Chair, Reiner Arndt, and current members of the BRS Secretariat Kei Ohno-Woodall and Abiola Olanipekun, POPRC Chair Moreira said that working with everyone participating in meetings of the POPRC had been a rich and joyful experience.Chair Moreira gaveled the meeting to a close at 11:08 am.
Please return to this page on Monday, 7 October for ENB's summary and analysis of POPRC-15.