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Stockholm Convention Workshop on Liability and Redress

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Stockholm Convention Workshop on Liability and Redress
concerning the use and intentional introduction into the environment of persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

19-21 September 2002; Vienna, Austria

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The Stockholm Convention Workshop on Liability and Redress was held from 19-21 September 2002 in Vienna, Austria. More than 46 participants from 37 countries and the European Commission (EC), as well as representatives of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, attended this meeting hosted by the Government of Austria.

The objective of the workshop was to consider the possible need for a liability and redress regime for damages associated with persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the context of the Stockholm Convention, and to provide input to the first Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention (COP-1).

During the meeting, the participants met in plenary sessions on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, 19-20 September, to consider expert presentations on existing international regimes in the field of liability and redress, and on factual issues pertaining to the possibility of a liability regime for POPs-related damage. Participants also convened in two Working Groups to discuss possible scenarios where issues of liability and redress could apply in the context of the Convention. The Working Groups met in two sessions on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, 20-21 September. These sessions were closed and are not covered by this report. The Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention and the Co-chairs will compile the workshop report and submit it for consideration at the first Conference of the Parties (COP-1).

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
United Nations Environment Programme - Division of Technology, Industry and Economics


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