Stockholm Convention (2004)

The Stockholm Convention on “Persistent Organic Pollutants” (POPs) is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that: remain intact in the environment for long periods of time, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissues of humans and wildlife, and have harmful impacts on human health and/or the environment.

Objective: Prohibition or restriction of certain (POPs)

Given their wide transport range, no single government acting alone can protect its citizens or environment from POPs. In response to this global problem, the Stockholm Convention, which was adopted in 2001 and entered into force on 17 May 2004, requires its Parties to take measures in order to eliminate or reduce the release of POPs into the environment.
The chemicals of the Stockholm Convention are listed in annexes A, B and C requiring different measures for their reduction and/or elimination.


[1] Additionally following chemicals are under review: Short-chained chlorinated paraffins; dicofol; decabromodiphenyl ether (commercial mixture, c-decaBDE) and pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters..