“POPs in Articles and POPs Free Expert Meeting” was held on August 23-24, 2013 in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. The meeting was organized by Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific/Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for Capacity-building and the Transfer of Technology in Asia and the Pacific (BCRC Beijing/SCRCAP) and Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS Secretariat). The meeting was attended by 20 experts from Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC), UNEP, BRS Secretariat, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN), and Stockholm Convention Regional Centres in Brazil, China, Czech, India, Nigeria, and Spain, and other international experts.
Prof. Jinhui Li, Executive Director of BCRC Beijing/SCRCAP, and Ms. Jacqueline Alvarez from BRS Secretariat were present at the meeting and gave opening speeches. The theme of the meeting covers POPs free products and POPs alternatives overview, monitoring of POPs in articles. Experts made presentations on guidance document under the Stockholm Convention, projects and results carried out by regional centres, NGO, UNEP, and others. Outline of an electronic publication compiling existing information related to POPs in article was discussed. Through active discussion, experts exchanged positive opinions. This meeting will make great effort and contribution to arising the awareness of elimination and substitution of POPs and also will benefit the technology transfer.
This meeting is an activity under the “Project on the sound management of POPs in articles and phasing-out opportunities in emerging countries”, which is funded by BRS Secretariat and carried out by BCRC Beijing/SCRCAP from December 2012 to December 2013.