Inexequible - Through Which The "stockholm Convention On Persistent Organic Pollutants", Made In Stockholm On This Twenty (22) Days Of May Two Thousand And One (2001) Is Approved

Original Language Title: INEXEQUIBLE - Por medio de la cual se aprueba el "Convenio de Estocolmo sobre Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes", hecho en Estocolmo a los veintidós (22) días del mes de mayo de dos mil uno (2001)

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Law 994 of 2005
(November 2)
Official Gazette No. 46.082 of 4 November 2005

CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC
Through which the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", made in Stockholm on this twenty (22) days of inMay two thousand and one (2001) was approved. Summary

Term Notes
THE CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC
having regard to the text of the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", made in Stockholm on this twenty (22) days of May two thousand and one (2001).
To be transliterated: photocopy of the full text of that instrument) is attached. BILL

de2004 86 through which the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", made in Stockholm alos twenty (22) days of May two thousand and one (2001) was approved.
The Congress
having regard to the text of the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", made in Stockholm on this twenty (22) days of May two thousand and one (2001).
To be transliterated: photocopy of the full text of that instrument) is attached.
"STOCKHOLM CONVENTION ON PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS
The parties to this Agreement,
Recognizing that persistent organic pollutants possess toxic properties, are resistant to degradation, bioaccumulate and are transported by air, water and migratory species across international boundaries and deposited far from their place of release, where they accumulate in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, Aware
health problems, especially in developing countries, resulting from local exposure persistent organic pollutants, in particular impacts on women and, through them, future generations,
Recognizing that the Arctic ecosystems and indigenous communities are particularly at risk because of the biomagnification of persistent organic pollutants and contamination of their traditional foods is a public health problem,
aware of the need for global action on persistent organic pollutants,
Considering Decision 19 / 13C, of ​​February 7, 1997 , the Board of Directors of the United Nations environment Programme to initiate international action to protect human health and the environment through measures to reduce and / or eliminate emissions and discharges of persistent organic pollutants, Recalling
the relevant provisions of the relevant international conventions on the environment, especially the Rotterdam Convention for the application of informed consent procedure prior to certain pesticides and hazardous chemicals in international trade and the Basel Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal, including regional agreements made under Article 11
Recalling also the relevant provisions of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and Programa21, Recognizing that
the idea of ​​precaution underlies the concerns of all parties and is embedded within this Convention,
Recognizing that this Convention and other international agreements in the field of trade and environment support mutually
Reaffirming that States, in accordance with the United Nations Charter and principles of international law, the sovereign right to exploit their own resources pursuant to their own policies on environment and development, and the responsibility to ensure that activities carried out under their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to the environment of other States or of areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, encuenta
Taking the circumstances and special needs of developing countries, particularly the least developed countries and countries with economies in transition, in particular the need to strengthen national capacities for the management of chemicals, including transfer of technology, the provision financial and technical assistance and promoting cooperation between the parties,
Taking full encuenta the Programme of Action for the sustainable development of small island developing States, adopted in Barbados on 6 May 1994,

Noting the respective capabilities of developed and developing countries, as well as the common but differentiated responsibilities of states in accordance with the principle recognized in 7de the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, | || Recognizing the important contribution that the private sector and non-governmental organizations can make to achieving the reduction and / or elimination of emissions and discharges of persistent organic pollutants,
Underlining the importance of manufacturers of persistent organic pollutants taking responsibility for reducing adverse effects caused by their products and for providing information to users, governments and the public on the hazardous properties of those chemicals,
Conscious of the need to take measures to prevent adverse effects caused by persistent organic pollutants at all stages of their life cycle,
Reaffirming principle 16 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development which states that national authorities should endeavor to promote the internalization of environmental costs and the use of economic instruments, taking into account the approach that the polluter should, in principle, bear the cost of pollution, with due regard to the public interest and without distorting international trade and investment, Encouraging
to parties that do not have regulatory and assessment schemes for pesticides and industrial chemicals to develop such schemes,
Recognizing the importance of developing and using environmentally sound alternative processes and substitute chemicals, Determined to protect
human health and the environment from the harmful effects of persistent organic pollutants,
have agreed as follows: Article 1


Objective Mindful of the precautionary principle set forth in principle 15 of the Declaration Rio on environment and Development, the objective of this Convention is to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants. Article 2


Definitions For the purposes of this Convention:
a) "Party" means a State or regional economic integration organization that has consented to be bound by this Convention and for which the Convention is in force;
B) "regional economic integration organization" means an organization constituted by sovereign States of a given region to which the States have transferred or jurisdiction over matters governed by this Convention and which has been duly authorized, in accordance with its internal procedures, to sign, ratify, accept or approve this Convention or accede to it;
C) "Parties present and voting" means Parties present and casting an affirmative or negative vote.

Article 3 Measures to reduce or eliminate releases derivadasde intentional production and use
1. Each Party shall:
a) Prohibit and / or take the legal and administrative measures necessary to eliminate:
i) Its production and use of chemicals listed in Annex A subject to the provisions contained in that Annex; and
ii) Its import and export of chemicals listed in Annex A in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 2, and
b) Restrict its production and use of chemicals listed in Annex B in accordance with the provisions of this Annex.
2. Each Party shall take measures to ensure that:
a) That a chemical listed in Annex A or Annex B is imported only:
i) For purposes of environmentally sound disposal in accordance with the provisions of paragraph d) of paragraph 1 of Article 6; or
ii) For a use or purpose permitted for that Party under Annex A or Annex B;
B) a chemical listed in Annex A, for which is in effect a specific exemption for production or use, or a chemical listed in Annex B, for which is in effect a specific exemption for the production or use in an acceptable purpose, taking into account the provisions of existing international prior informed consent instruments, is exported only:
i) for purposes of environmentally sound disposal under the provisions of paragraph d) paragraph 1 of Article 6;
Ii) A party who is authorized to use that chemical under Annex A or Annex B; or

Iii) To a State not party to this Convention which has provided an annual certification to the exporting Party. Such certification shall specify the intended use and include a statement deque, with respect to that chemical, the importing State is committed to:
a) To protect human health and the environment by taking the necessary measures to minimize or prevent releases;
B) Comply with the provisions of paragraph 1 of Article 6; and
c) Where applicable, comply with paragraph 2 of Part II of Annex B.
The certification shall also include any appropriate supporting documentation, such as legislation, regulatory instruments, or administrative or policy guidelines. The exporting Party shall transmit the certification to the Secretariat within sixty days of receipt;
C) That a chemical listed in Annex A, for which no longer effective for any of the parties specific exemptions for production or use, not be exported by this part, except for environmentally sound disposal, as provided in subsection d) of paragraph 1 of Article 6;
D) For the purposes of this paragraph, the term "State not party to this Convention" shall include, with respect to a particular chemical, a State or regional economic integration organization that has not consented to the obligations under the Convention with respect to that chemical.
3. Each party has one or more regulatory and assessment of new pesticides or new industrial chemicals shall take measures to regulate with the aim of preventing the production and use of new pesticides or new products and industrial chemicals that, taking into consideration the criteria in paragraph 1 of Annex D, exhibit the characteristics of persistent organic pollutants.
4. Each party has one or more regulatory and assessment schemes for pesticides or industrial chemicals shall take into consideration within these systems, where appropriate, the criteria in paragraph 1 of Annex D at the time of conducting assessments of pesticides or chemicals industrial currently in use.
5. Unless this Convention provides otherwise, paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not apply to quantities of a chemical to be used for laboratory-scale research or as a reference standard.
6. Any party having a specific exception in accordance with Annex A, or an acceptable purpose in accordance with Annex B, take appropriate measures to ensure that any production or for that exemption or purpose use is made so as to prevent or measures minimizes human exposure and release into the environment. As for exempted uses or acceptable purposes that involve intentional release into the environment under conditions of normal use, such release shall be the minimum necessary, taking into account the rules and guidelines. Article 4


Register of specific exemptions 1. A record is established within the framework of this Convention to identify the parties that have been granted specific exemptions listed in Annex A or Annex B. The register not the parties be identified to make use of the provisions of Annex A or Annex B that may be invoked by all parties. The Secretariat shall maintain this record and made available to the public.
2. The register will include:
a) A list of the types of specific exemptions reproduced from Annex A and Annex B;
B) A list of the parties that have a specific exemption listed under Annex A or Annex B; and
c) A list of the expiry dates for each registered specific exemption.
3.Al to become a party, any State may, by written notification addressed to the secretariat, entered in the register for one or more types of specific exemptions listed in Annex A or Annex B.
Four. Unless a party indicate an earlier date in the registry, or an extension is granted pursuant to paragraph 7, all registrations of specific exemptions shall expire five years after the date of entry into force of this Convention with respect to a chemical determined.
5. At its first meeting, the Conference of the Parties shall decide upon its review process for entries in the registry.

6. Prior to a review of an entry in the registry, the interested party will submit a report wing Secretariat justifying its need for such exemption continue recorded. The Secretariat shall distribute the report to all Parties. The review of a registration will be held on the basis of all available information. Against this background, the conference of the parties may formulate recommendations as appropriate to the interested party.
7. The Conference of the parties may, at the request of the interested party, decide to extend the expiry date of a specific exemption for a period of up to five years. In making its decision, the Conference of the Parties shall take due account of the special circumstances of Parties that are developing countries and Parties that are economies in transition.
8. A Party may at any time withdraw entry from the Register for a specific exemption upon written notification to the Secretariat. The withdrawal shall take effect on the date specified in the notation.
9. When no longer any Parties registered for a particular type of specific exemption, no new registrations may be made with respect to such exemption.

Article 5 Measures to reduce or eliminate releases from unintentional production derivadasde
Each Party shall take at least the following measures to reduce the total releases derived from anthropogenic sources of each of the chemicals listed in Annex C, with the goal of their continuing minimization and, where feasible, ultimate elimination:
a) Develop a finger-term years from the entry into force of this Convention for that party, and apply further, an action plan or, where appropriate, a plan for regional or subregional action as part of the implementation plan specified in Article 7, designed to identify, characterize and address the release of the chemicals listed in Annex C and to facilitate application of paragraphs b) to e). In the action plan include the following elements:
i) An evaluation of current and projected releases, including the development and maintenance of source inventories and release estimates, taking into consideration the source categories listed in Annex C;
Ii) An assessment of the effectiveness of laws and policies of the party relating to the management of such releases;
Iii) Strategies to fulfill obligations under this paragraph, taking into account the evaluations in subparagraphs i) and ii);
Iv) Measures to promote education, training and awareness of, those strategies;
V) A five-year review of the strategies and their success in meeting the obligations of this paragraph; such reviews shall be included in the reports submitted in accordance with Article 15; and
vi) A schedule for implementation of the action plan, including strategies and measures identified therein;
B) To promote the implementation of the measures available, feasible and practical measures that can expeditiously achieve a realistic and meaningful level of release reduction or source elimination;
C) Promote the development and, where it deems appropriate, require the use of materials, products and substitute or modified processes to prevent the formation and release of chemicals listed in Annex C, taking into account the general guidance on measures prevention and reduction of releases listed in Annex C and guidelines to be adopted by decision of the Conference of the parties;

D) Promote and, in accordance with the implementation schedule of its action plan, require the use of best available techniques for new sources within source categories has identified as warranting such action part under its action plan, especially focusing initially on source categories included in Part II of Annex C. in any case, with the requirement to use the best available techniques for new sources of categories including on the list of part II of this Annex will gradually be adopted as soon as possible but no later than four years after the entry into force of the Convention for that party. With respect to the identified categories, Parties shall promote the use of best environmental practices. When applying best available techniques and best environmental practices, Parties should take into consideration the general guidance on prevention and release reduction set out in that Annex and guidelines on best available techniques and best environmental practices to be adopted by decision of the Conference of the parties;
E) Promote, in accordance with its action plan the use of best available techniques and best environmental practices:
i) For existing sources, within the source categories listed in Part II of Annex C and within source categories such as those listed in Part III of that Annex; and
ii) For new sources, within source categories such as those listed in Part III of the link C to which a party has not addressed under paragraph d).
When applying best available techniques and best environmental practices the parties shall take into account the general guidance on prevention and release reduction listed in Annex C and guidelines on best available techniques and best environmental practices that adopted by decision of the conference of the parties;
F) For the purposes of this paragraph and Annex C:
i) "best available techniques" means the most effective and advanced stage development activities and their methods of operation which indicate the practical suitability specific for providing in principle the basis for release limitations designed to prevent and, where that is not practicable, generally to reduce releases of the chemicals listed in Part I of Annex C and their impact on the environment in technical whole. In this regard:
ii) "Techniques" includes both the technology used and the way the installation is designed, built, maintained, operated and decommissioned;
Iii) "Available" are those techniques that are accessible to the operator and that are developed on a scale which allows implementation in the relevant industrial sector, under economically and technically viable conditions, taking into consideration the costs and advantages; and
iv) "best" By means most effective in achieving a high general level of protection of the environment as a whole;
V) "Best environmental practices" means the application of the most appropriate combination of measures and environmental control strategies;
Vi) "new source" means any source of which the construction or substantial modification is commenced at least one year after the date of:
a) entry into force of this Convention for the interested party; or
b) Entry into force for the party concerned of an amendment to Annex C under which the source becomes subject to the provisions of this Convention only by virtue of that amendment;
G) A party may use release limit values ​​or performance standards to fulfill its commitments for best available techniques under this paragraph.

Article 6 Measures to reduce or eliminate releases derivadasde
stockpiles and wastes 1. In order to ensure that stockpiles consisting of or containing chemicals listed in Annex A or Annex B, or containing chemicals and wastes, including products and articles upon becoming wastes, consisting of a chemical listed in Annex a, B or Co containing such chemical or contaminated with, are managed so that human health and the environment is protected, each party:
a) Develop appropriate strategies for determine:
i) stockpiles consisting of or containing chemicals listed in Annex a or Annex B, or containing chemicals; Y

Ii) Products and articles in use and wastes that consist of a chemical listed in Annex A, B or C, said chemical containing or contaminated with him;
B) determine, to the extent practicable, stockpiles consisting of or containing chemicals listed in Annex A or Annex B, or containing chemicals, on the basis of the strategies referred in paragraph a);
C) Manage stockpiles, as appropriate, in a safe, efficient and environmentally sound manner. Stockpiles of chemicals listed in Annex A or Annex B, when it is no longer allowed to be used under a specific exemption specified in Annex A or any specific exemption or acceptable purpose specified in Annex B, except for the stocks whose export is authorized in accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 3 are considered waste and be managed in accordance with paragraph d);
D) Take appropriate measures so that such wastes, including products and articles upon becoming wastes:
i) Handled, collected, transported and stored in an environmentally sound manner;
Ii) Disposed of in such a way that the persistent organic pollutant content is destroyed or irreversibly transformed so that not having the characteristics of persistent organic pollutants or otherwise, are disposed in an environmentally sound manner when destruction or irreversible transformation does not represent the preferred option from the point of view of the environment or content of persistent organic pollutant is low, taking into account the rules, standards and guidelines, including those that may be developed in accordance with the paragraph 2, and relevant global and regional regimes governing the management of hazardous wastes;
Iii) are not permitted to be subjected to disposal operations that may lead to recovery, recycling, reclamation, direct reuse or alternative uses of persistent organic pollutants; and
iv) Not transported across international boundaries without taking into account the rules, standards and guidelines;
E) Endeavour to develop appropriate strategies for identifying contaminated with chemicals listed in Annex A, B or C sites strategies; and if remediation of those sites is undertaken it shall be performed in an environmentally sound manner.
2. The conference of the parties to cooperate closely with the appropriate bodies of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal to, inter alia:
a) Establish levels of destruction and irreversible transformation necessary to ensure that the characteristics of persistent organic pollutants as specified in paragraph 1 of Annex D are not exhibited;
B) determine the methods that constitute environmentally sound disposal referred to above; and
c) Work to establish, as appropriate, the concentration levels of the chemicals listed in Annexes A, B and C to define the low persistent organic pollutant content referred to in paragraph ii) paragraph d) of paragraph 1. Article 7


implementation plans 1. Each Party shall:
a) Develop a plan for fulfilling their obligations under this Agreement and endeavor to implement;
B) Transmit its implementation plan to the Conference of the Parties within two years from the date on which this Convention enters into force for that party; and
c) Review and update, as appropriate, its implementation plan at regular intervals and in the manner specified by a decision of the conference of the parties.
2. The parties, where appropriate, cooperate directly or through global, regional or subregional organizations, and consult their national stakeholders, including women's groups and groups concerned with the health of children, in order to facilitate the development, implementation and updating of their implementation plans.
3. The parties shall endeavor to utilize and, where necessary, establish the means to integrate national implementation plans for persistent organic pollutants in their sustainable development strategies where appropriate.

Article 8 Listing of chemicals in Annexes A, B, and C

1. Either party may submit to the secretariat a proposal for listing a chemical in Annexes A, B and / or C. The proposal shall contain the information specified in Annex D. In developing a proposal, a party may receive assistance from other parties and / or the secretariat.
2. The Secretariat shall verify whether the proposal contains the information specified in Annex D. If the Secretariat is satisfied that the proposal contains such information, it shall forward the proposal to the Review Committee of the Persistent Organic Pollutants.
3. The Committee shall examine the proposal and apply the screening criteria specified in Annex D in a flexible and transparent manner, taking into account all information provided in an integrative and balanced manner.
4. If the Committee decides:
a) they have been met selection criteria shall, through the secretariat the proposal and the evaluation of the Committee to all parties and observers and invite them to submit the information specified in Annex E;
or b) have not been met the selection criteria, it communicated through the secretariat, to all parties and observers and make the proposal and the evaluation of the Committee to all parties, so that the proposal be rejected .
5. Either party may resubmit a proposal that has been set aside in accordance with paragraph 4. The resubmission may include any rationing of the party and the justification for the Committee to re-examine the Committee. If, following this procedure, the Committee again sets the proposal aside, the Party may challenge the decision of the Committee and the Conference of the Parties shall consider the matter at its next session. The Conference of the Parties may decide that the proposal should proceed on the basis of the criteria specified in Annex D and taking into account the evaluation by the Committee and any additional information provided by the parties or observers.
6. Where the Committee has decided that they have met the selection criteria or the Conference of the Parties has decided that the proposal should proceed, the Committee shall further review the proposal, taking into account any relevant information received and prepare a draft risk profile in accordance with Annex E. the Committee, through the secretariat, make that draft available to all parties and observers, collect technical comments from them and, taking those comments into account it will finalize the risk profile.
7. If, on the basis of the risk profile prepared in accordance with Annex E, the Committee decides:
a) It is likely that the chemical, as a result of its long-range environmental transport, may have significant adverse effects human and / health or the environment so that action worldwide, sedate course the proposal is justified. The lack of full scientific certainty shall not prevent the proposal from proceeding. The Committee, through the Secretariat, invite all parties and observers to submit information relating to the considerations specified in Annex F. Then the Committee will prepare an assessment of risk management that includes an analysis of the possible control measures for the chemical in accordance with Annex; or
b) The proposal should not proceed, it shall, through the secretariat the risk profile to all Parties and observers and set the proposal aside.

8. On a proposal to be rejected in accordance with paragraph b) of paragraph 7, any Party may request the Conference of the Parties to consider instructing the Committee to invite the proponent and other parties to submit additional information within a period not exceeding one year. After that period and on the basis of the information received, the Committee shall reconsider the proposal pursuant to paragraph 6 with a priority assigned by the Conference of the Parties. If, following this procedure, the Committee again sets the proposal aside, the Party may challenge the decision of the Committee and the Conference of the Parties shall consider the matter at its next session. The Conference of the Parties may decide that the proposal should proceed on the basis of the risk profile prepared in accordance with Annex E and taking into account the evaluation by the Committee and any additional information provided by Parties or Observers. If the Conference of the Parties considers that the proposal should proceed, the Committee shall then prepare the evaluation of risk management.
9. Based on the risk profile referred to in paragraph 6 and evaluation of management mentioned risks in paragraph a) of paragraph 7 or paragraph 8, the Committee will recommend to the Conference of the Parties is made whether to consider the possibility of including the chemical in Annexes a, B and / or C. the Conference of the Parties shall, as a preventive measure, a decision on whether or not to include the chemical in Annexes a, B and / or C, specifying the related control measures, with due regard to the recommendations of the Committee, including any scientific uncertainty. Article 9


Information exchange 1. Each Party shall facilitate or undertake the exchange of information regarding:
a) The reduction or elimination of production, use and release of persistent organic pollutants; and
b) Alternatives to persistent organic pollutants, including information relating to their risks and their economic and social costs.
2. The Parties shall exchange information referred to in paragraph 1 directly or through the secretariat.
3. Each Party shall designate a national focal point for the exchange of such information.
4. The Secretariat shall serve as a mechanism for information exchange on persistent organic pollutants, including information provided by Parties, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations.
5. For the purposes of this Convention, information on health and safety of humans and the environment shall not be considered confidential. Parties that exchange other information pursuant to this Convention shall protect any confidential information as mutually agreed. Article 10

information, awareness and public education
1. Each Party shall, within its capabilities, promote and facilitate:
a) Awareness among its policy makers and decision makers on persistent organic pollutants;
B) communication to the public of all available information on persistent organic pollutants, taking into account the provisions of paragraph 5 of article9;
C) The development and implementation of training programs and public awareness, especially for women, children and the least educated, on persistent organic pollutants and their effects on health and the environment and on their alternatives;
D) Public participation in addressing the issue of persistent organic pollutants and their effects on health and the environment and in developing adequate responses, including opportunities for providing input at the national level about the application of this Convention;
E) Training of workers, scientists, educators and technical and managerial personnel;
F) The development and exchange of training materials and public awareness at national and international levels; and
g) The development and implementation of education and training programs at the national and international levels.
2. Each party, within its capabilities, ensure that the public has access to public information referred to in paragraph 1 and that the information is kept up to date.

3. Each Party shall, within its capabilities, encourage industry and professional users to promote and facilitate the provision of information referred to in paragraph 1 at national level and, as appropriate, at the subregional, regional and global .
4. By providing information on persistent organic pollutants and their alternatives, Parties may use safety data sheets, reports, mass media and other means of communication, and may establish information centers at national and regional levels.
5. Each Party shall consider favorably the possibility of developing mechanisms, such as records and transfers deliberations for the collection and dissemination of information overestimates the annual quantities of the chemicals listed in Annexes A, B or C that are released or disposed.

Article 11 Research, development and monitoring
1. The parties within their capabilities, encourage and / or made at national and international levels of research, development, monitoring and cooperation pertaining to persistent organic pollutants and, where appropriate, to their alternatives and persistent organic pollutants potential, including the following:
a) Sources and releases into the environment;
B) Presence, levels and trends in humans and the environment;
C) transport, final destination and transformation in the environment;
D) Effects on human health and the environment;
E) socio-economic and cultural impacts;
F) reduction and / or elimination of their releases; and
g) harmonized methodologies for making inventories of generating sources and analytical techniques for the measurement of releases.
2. By taking measures under paragraph 1, the Parties, within their capabilities:
a) Support and further develop, as appropriate, programs, networks, and international organizations aimed at defining, conducting, assessing and financing activities research, data collection and monitoring, taking into account the need to minimize duplication deesfuerzos;
B) Support national and international efforts to strengthen national capacity for scientific and technical research, especially in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, and to promote access and sharing of data and analysis;
C) take into account the problems and needs, especially in financial and technical, from developing countries and countries with economies in transition resources and cooperate in improving their capability to participate in the efforts made to referred to in paragraphs a) and b);
D) Undertake research work geared towards alleviating the effects of persistent organic pollutants on reproductive health;
E) made available to the public on a timely and regular basis the results of research and development and monitoring activities referred to in this paragraph is made; and
f) Encourage and / or undertake cooperation with regard to storage and maintenance of information generated from research, development and monitoring. Article 12


1 Support technique. The Parties recognize that rendering of timely and appropriate technical assistance in response to requests from Parties developing countries and parties with economies in transition is essential to the effective implementation of this Convention.
2. The parties shall cooperate to provide timely and appropriate to the parties that are developing countries and parties with economies in transition to help them technical assistance, taking into account their special needs, to develop and strengthen their capacity to fulfill the obligations established by this Convention. 3.A
this regard, technical assistance to be provided by developed country Parties and other Parties in accordance with their capabilities, shall include, as appropriate and mutually agreed, technical assistance for capacity building in relation to compliance with obligations under this Convention. The Conference of the Parties will provide further guidance.

4. The Parties, where appropriate, appropriate, arrangements for the purpose of providing technical assistance and promoting the transfer of technologies to Parties that are developing countries and Parties with economies in transition in relation to the implementation of this Convention. These arrangements shall include regional and subregional centers for capacity building centers and technology transfer with a view to assist Parties that are developing countries and Parties with economies in transition to fulfill their obligations under this Convention. The Conference of the Parties will provide more information.
5. In the context of this article, the Parties shall take into account the specific needs and special situation of least developed countries and small island developing States in their actions with regard to technical assistance. Article 13


1 Financial mechanisms and resources. Each party undertakes, within its capabilities, to provide financial support and incentives with respect to national efforts to achieve the objective of this Convention in accordance with its plans, priorities and programs.
2. Parties developed countries provide new and additional financial resources to enable Parties that are developing countries and Parties with economies in transition, so they can cover the full agreed incremental costs of implementing measures in compliance with its obligations under this Convention, agreed between a receiving Party and a participant in the mechanism described in paragraph entity 6.Other Parties may also provide financial resources such as voluntary and according to their capabilities. They should also be encouraged contributions from other sources. The implementation of these commitments shall take into account the need for cash flow is sufficient, predictable and timely and the importance of financial burden sharing among the contributing parties.
3. Parties that are developed countries and other Parties according to their capabilities and in accordance with plans, priorities and programs, may also provide financial resources to assist in the implementation of this Convention through other sources or bilateral, regional and multilateral channels and the Parties that are developing countries and parties with economies in transition avail themselves of resources.
4. The extent to which the parties are developing countries to effectively implement their commitments in accordance with this Convention will depend on the effective implementation of the commitments under this Agreement by the Parties that are developed countries regarding financial resources, technical assistance and technology transfer. Should take full account of the fact that economic and social sustainable development and poverty eradication are the first and overriding priorities of the parties that are developing countries, giving due consideration to the need to protect human health and the environment.
5. Parties shall take fully into account the specific needs and special situation of least developed countries and small island developing actions with regard to financing States.
6. In this Convention it is defined a mechanism for the provision of adequate and sustainable Parties that are developing countries and Parties with economies in transition on a grant basis or concessional terms to help them implement the Convention financial resources. The mechanism will work, as appropriate, under the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties and be accountable to this for the purposes of this Convention. Its operation shall be entrusted to one or more entities, including existing international entities, in accordance with the decision of the Conference of the Parties. The mechanism may also include other entities providing multilateral, regional or bilateral financial and technical assistance. The contributions made to this mechanism shall be additional to other financial transfers to Parties that are developing countries and Parties with economies in transition, as indicated in paragraph 2 and under it.

7. In accordance with the objectives of this Convention and paragraph 6, at its first meeting the Conference of the Parties adopt appropriate guidance to be given to the mechanism and shall agree with the entity or entities participating in the financial mechanism upon arrangements so that such guidance takes effect. The orientation will include among others:
a) the identification of priorities for policy, strategy and programs and clear criteria and guidelines and detailed as to the conditions for access to financial resources and their use, including regular monitoring and evaluation of such use;
B) Submission of periodic reports to the Conference of the Parties by the entity or entities on the adequacy and sustainability of funding for activities related to the implementation of this Convention;
C) Promoting standards, mechanisms and funding arrangements based on multiple sources;
D) The modalities for the determination of predictable and identifiable manner the amount of funding necessary and available for the implementation of this Convention, keeping in mind that the phasing out of persistent organic pollutants might require sustained funding, and the conditions in which that amount shall be periodically reviewed; and
e) The modalities for the provision of assistance to interested Parties needs assessment and information on available funding sources and funding schemes in order to facilitate coordination among them.
8. The Conference of the Parties shall, no later than at its second meeting and thereafter on a regular basis, the effectiveness of the mechanism established under this Article, its ability to cope with the changing needs of the country Parties in development and Parties with economies in transition, the criteria and guidance referred to in paragraph 7, the amount of funding and effectiveness of the performance of the institutional entities that operate the financial mechanism shall. Based on this review, the Conference shall take appropriate measures, if necessary, to increase the effectiveness of the mechanism, including by means of recommendations and guidance on wings measures to ensure adequate and sustainable funding to meet the needs of the Parties. Article 14


Interim financial arrangements The institutional structure of the Fund for the Global Environment Facility, administered in accordance with the Instrument for the Establishment of the Fund will be restructured Global Environment Facility on an interim basis, the entity principal in charge of the operations of the financial mechanism referred to in Article 13 in the period between the date of entry into force of this Convention and the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties, or until such time the Conference of the Parties adopt a decision on the institutional structure to be designated in accordance with Article 13. the institutional structure of the Fund for Global Environment should defogging this function through operational measures related specifically to persistent organic pollutants, taking into account the possibility that new arrangements in this area are needed. Article 15


Reporting 1. Each Party shall inform the Conference of the Parties on measures taken to implement the provisions of this Convention and on the effectiveness of these measures to achieve objectives of the Convention.
2. Each Party shall provide to the Secretariat:
a) Statistical data on its total quantities of production, import and export of each of the chemicals listed in Annex A or Annex B or a reasonable estimate of such data; and
b) As far as possible a list of the States from which it has imported each such substance and the States to which it has exported each such substance.
3. Such reporting shall be at periodic intervals and in the format decided by the Conference of the Parties at its first meeting. Article 16


Effectiveness evaluation 1. When four years have elapsed from the date of entry into force of this Convention, and periodically thereafter at intervals to be decided by the Conference of the Parties, the Conference shall evaluate the effectiveness of this Convention.

2. In order to facilitate such evaluation, the Conference of the Parties at its first meeting, initiate arrangements to provide itself with comparable monitoring data on the presence of the chemicals listed in Annexes A, B and C, as well as transport in the environment at regional and global levels. These arrangements:
a) Should be implemented by the Parties on a regional basis when appropriate, in accordance with their technical and financial capabilities, using as far as possible the programs and existing monitoring mechanisms and promoting harmonization of approaches;
B) May be supplemented where necessary, taking into account the differences between regions and their capabilities to implement monitoring activities; and
c) Shall include reports to the Conference of the Parties on the results of monitoring activities of regional and global basis at intervals to be decided by the Conference of the Parties.
3. The evaluation described in paragraph 1 shall be conducted on the basis of scientific, environmental, technical and economic information, including:
a) Reports and other monitoring information provided pursuant to paragraph 2;
B) National reports submitted pursuant to Article 15; and
c) Non-compliance information provided pursuant to the procedures established under Article 17. Article 17


Breach The Conference of the Parties develop and adopt as soon as possible, procedures and institutional mechanisms for determining non-compliance with the provisions of this Convention and the treatment to be given to the Parties that have not fulfilled those provisions. Article 18


Dispute Settlement 1. Parties shall settle any dispute between them concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention through negotiation or other peaceful means of their own choice.
2. To ratify, accept or approve this Agreement, or acceding to, or at any time thereafter, a party other than an organization of regional economic integration may, by written instrument submitted to the Depositary that, with respect to any dispute the interpretation or application of this Convention, it accepts one or both means of dispute resolution listed below, as compulsory in relation to any Party accepting the same obligation:
a) Arbitration in accordance with the procedures approved by the Conference of the Parties in an annex as soon as possible;
B) Submission of the dispute to the decision of the International Court of Justice.
3. The part that is a regional economic integration organization may make a declaration with like effect in relation to arbitration in accordance with the procedure referred to in aparatado a) of paragraph 2.
4. A declaration made pursuant to paragraph 2 or paragraph 3 shall remain in force until it expires in accordance with its terms or until three months have elapsed after written notice of its revocation has been deposited with the Depositary.
5. The expiry of a declaration, a notice of revocation or a new declaration shall not in any way affect the pending processes are subjected to an arbitral tribunal or the International Court of Justice, so unless the parties to the dispute agree another thing.
6. If the parties to a dispute have not accepted the same or any procedure pursuant to paragraph 2, and if they have not been able to settle their dispute within 12 months from the notification by one party to another that exists between them a dispute, the dispute shall be submitted to a conciliation commission at the request of either party to the dispute. The conciliation commission shall render a report with recommendations. Additional procedures relating to the conciliation commission shall be included in an annex to the Conference of the Parties has approved no later than at its second meeting. Article 19


Conference of the Parties 1. It is hereby established a Conference of the Parties.
2. The Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme convened the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties to be held no later than one year after the entry into force of this Convention. Thereafter, ordinary meetings of the Conference of the Parties at regular intervals to be decided by the Conference should be held.

3. Extraordinary meetings of the Conference of the Parties shall be held at the Conference deems it necessary or when any of the parties so requests in writing, provided that one third of the Parties, at least, support that request.
4. The Conference of the Parties at its first meeting, approve and shall by consensus its rules of procedure and financial rules and those of its subsidiary bodies, as well as financial provisions governing the functioning of the Secretariat.
5. The Conference of the Parties under continuous review and evaluate the implementation of this Convention. It shall perform the functions assigned by the Convention and, to this effect:
a) Establish accordance with the requirements of paragraph 6, such subsidiary organs as it deems necessary for the implementation of the Convention;
B) Cooperate, where appropriate, with international organizations and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations; and
c) Regularly review all information made available to the parties under Article 15 including consideration of the effectiveness of the provisions of subsection iii) of paragraph b) of paragraph 2 of Article 3;
D) Consider and take any additional action that may be required for the achievement of the purposes of the Convention.
6. The Conference of the Parties at its first meeting, stable CERA a subsidiary body, to be called Review Committee Persistent Organic Pollutants, in order to carry out the functions assigned to that Committee by this Convention. In this regard:
a) The members of the Review Committee of the Persistent Organic Pollutants shall be appointed by the Conference of the Parties. The Committee shall be composed of experts in assessment or chemicals management nominated by Governments. Committee members shall be appointed on the basis of equitable geographical distribution;
B) The Conference of the Parties shall decide on the mandate, organization and functioning of the Committee; and
c) The Committee shall make every effort to adopt its recommendations by consensus. If exhausted all efforts to reach consensus, that consensus is not reached any, the recommendation will be adopted as a last resort majority vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting.
7. The Conference of the Parties at its third meeting, evaluate the continued need for the procedure contained in paragraph b) of paragraph 2 of Article 3, including consideration of its effectiveness.
8. The United Nations, its specialized agencies and the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as states that are not parties to the Convention, may be represented by observers at meetings of the Conference of the Parties. Any body or agency with competence in the areas covered by this Agreement, whether national or international, governmental or non-governmental, which has informed the Secretariat of its wish to be represented at a meeting of the Conference of the Parties as an observer may be admitted unless objection is offered by at least one third of the Parties present. The admission and participation of observers shall be governed by the regulations approved by the Conference of the Parties. Article 20 Secretariat


1. A Secretariat is hereby established.
2. The functions of the Secretariat shall:
a) Organize meetings of the Conference of the Parties and its subsidiary bodies and to provide the necessary services;
B) To facilitate assistance to the Parties, especially Parties that are developing countries and Parties with economies in transition, upon request, for the implementation of this Convention;
C) To ensure the necessary coordination with the secretariats of other relevant international bodies;
D) To prepare and make available to the Parties periodic reports based on information received pursuant to Article 15 and other available information;
E) Make under the overall guidance of the Conference of the Parties, the administrative and contractual arrangements necessary to perform its functions; and
f) To perform the other secretariat functions specified in this Convention and such other functions as determined by the Conference of the Parties.
3. The secretariat functions for this Convention shall be performed by the Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme, unless the Conference of the Parties, by a three-fourths majority of the Parties present and voting, to entrust to another or other international organizations.

Article 21 Amendments to the Convention

1. Any Party may propose amendments to this Convention.
2. Amendments to this Convention shall be adopted at a meeting of the Conference of the Parties. The text of any amendment to this Convention proposed shall be communicated to the Parties by the Secretariat at least six months before the meeting at which it is proposed for approval. The Secretariat shall also communicate proposed amendments to the signatories to this Convention and the Depositary for information.
3. The Parties shall make every effort to reach agreement by consensus on any proposed amendment to this Convention. After exhausting all efforts to achieve consensus without having reached an agreement, the amendment will be adopted as a last resort by three-fourths majority of the Parties present and voting.
4. The Depositary shall communicate the amendment to all Parties for ratification, acceptance or approval.
5. Ratification, acceptance or approval of an amendment shall notify in writing the Depositary. The amendment adopted pursuant to paragraph 3 shall enter into force for the Parties which have accepted it on the ninetieth day after the date of deposit of the instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval by at least three fourths of the Parties. Thereafter the amendment shall enter into force for any other Party on the ninetieth day after the date on which the Party has deposited its instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval of the amendment.

Article 22 Adoption and amendment of Annexes
1. The annexes to this Convention shall form an integral part thereof and unless expressly provided otherwise, any reference to this Convention constitutes both a reference to each of its annexes.
2. Any additional annexes shall be restricted to procedural, scientific, technical or administrative.
3. The procedure below shall apply to the proposal, adoption and entry into force of additional annexes to this Convention;
A) Additional annexes shall be proposed and adopted in accordance with the procedure set out in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of Article 21;
B) Parties unable to accept an additional annex shall so notify the Depositary in writing within one year from the date on which the Depositary has notified the adoption of the additional annex. The Depositary shall promptly notify all Parties of any such notification you received. A party may at any time withdraw a notification of non-acceptance has previously made in respect of any additional annex and in this case, the annex shall enter into force for that Party subject to subparagraph c); and
c) On the expiry of one year from the date on which the Depositary has notified the adoption of an additional annex, the annex shall enter into force for all Parties that have not submitted a notification in accordance with the provisions of paragraph b).
4. The proposal, adoption and entry into force of amendments to Annexes A, B or C shall be subject to the same procedures as for the proposal, adoption and entry into force of additional annexes to the Convention, except that an amendment to Annex a, B or C shall not enter into force for a Party which has made a statement regarding the amendment of those Annexes in accordance with paragraph 4 of Article 25; in which case any such amendment shall enter into force with respect to that party the ninetieth day after the date of deposit with the Depositary of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect to such amendment.
5. The following procedure shall apply to the proposal, adoption and entry into force of amendments to Annex D, E or F:
a) Amendments shall be proposed in accordance with the procedure provided for in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article twenty-one;
B) Decisions of the Parties on an amendment to Annex D, E or F by consensus; and
c) The Depositary shall immediately Parties any dedición to amend Annex D, E or F. The amendment shall enter into force for all Parties on the date specified in the decision.
6. If an additional annex or an amendment to an annex is related to an amendment to this Convention, the additional annex or amendment shall not enter into force until it enters into force the amendment to the Convention. Article 23


1 Voting rights. Each Party to this Convention shall have one vote, except as provided in paragraph 2.

2. In matters within their competence, the regional economic integration organizations shall exercise their right to vote with a number of votes equal to the number of its member States that are Parties to this Convention. Such organizations shall not exercise their right to vote if any of its Member States exercises theirs and vice versa. Article 24


Signature This Convention shall be open for signature by all States and regional economic integration organizations in Stockholm on May 23, 2001, and at the headquarters of the United Nations, new York from 24 May 2001 to 22 May 2002. Article 25

ratification, acceptance, approval or accession
1. This Agreement shall be subject to ratification, acceptance or approval by States and regional economic integration organizations from the day after the date of expiry of the deadline for signature of the Convention. The instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession shall be deposited with the Depositary.
2. Any regional economic integration organization that becomes a Party to this Convention without any of its member States being a Party shall be bound by all the obligations under the Convention. In the case of such organizations, one or more of its Member States are Parties to this Convention, the organization and its member States shall decide on their respective responsibilities as it relates to compliance with its obligations under the Convention. In such cases, the organization and the Member States shall not be entitled to exercise simultaneously the rights under this Convention.
3. In their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, the regional economic integration organizations declare the extent of its competence in relation to the matters governed by this Convention. These organizations shall also inform the Depositary of any substantial change in its field of competence, and this, in turn, inform the Parties.
4. In its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, any Party may declare that, with respect to it, any amendment to Annex A, B or C only enter into force after the deposit of its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession with respect to the amendment. Article 26


Entry into force 1. This Agreement shall enter into force on the ninetieth day after the date on which the deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.
2. For each State or organization of regional economic integration which ratifies, accepts or approves this Convention or accedes to it after the deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, the Convention shall enter into force on the ninetieth day counted from the date on which such State or regional economic integration organization has deposited its instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.
3. For the purposes of paragraphs 1 and 2, any instrument deposited by a regional economic integration organization not be counted as additional to those deposited by member States of that organization. Article 27


Reservations No reservations may be made to this Convention. Article 28


Withdrawal 1. At any time after three years they have elapsed from the date on which this Convention has entered into force for a Party, that Party may withdraw from the Convention by giving written notification to the Depositary.
2. Such withdrawal shall take effect one year from the date on which the Depositary has received the notification of withdrawal, or on the later date specified in the notification. Article 29 Depositary


The Secretary General of the United Nations shall be the Depositary of this Convention. Article 30


Authentic texts The original of this Convention, of which the Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, English and Russian texts are equally authentic, it shall be deposited with the Secretary General of the United Nations .
IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned, being duly authorized to that effect, have signed this Agreement.
Done at Stockholm on this twenty (22) days of May two thousand and one (2001). Annex A ELIMINATION



Part 1 PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS QUIMICOACTIVIDADEXENCION Aldrin * ProducciónNinguna

No. CAS: Local 309-00-2UsoEctoparasiticida Insecticide Chlordane *
ProducciónLa allowed for the parts included in the register

No. CAS: Local 57-74-9UsoEctoparasiticida insecticidaTermiticida Termiticide in buildings and carreterasAditivo presasTermiticida in plywood adhesives Dieldrin * ProducciónNinguna

No. CAS: 60-57-1UsoEn agricultural activities Endrin * ProducciónNinguna

No. CAS: Heptachlor * ProducciónNinguna 72-20-8UsoNinguno

No. CAS: 76-44-8UsoTermiticida Termiticide in structures casasTermiticida (underground) Treatment of underground cable maderaCajas
HexaclorobencenoProducciónLa allowed for the parties listed in the register
No. CAS: 118-74-1UsoIntermediarioSolvente in plaguicidasIntermediario on a site-limited
Mirex * ProducciónLa allowed for the parties listed in the register
No closed system. CAS: 2385-85-5UsoTermiticida Toxaphene * ProducciónNinguna

No. CAS: 8001-35-2UsoNinguno

policloradosProducciónNinguna biphenyls (PCBs) * UsoArtículos in use in accordance with the provisions of Part II of this Annex Notes with
:
i) Unless the otherwise this Convention, quantities of a chemical occurring as unintentional trace contaminants in products not and articles shall not be considered included in this Annex;
Ii) This note shall not be considered as a specific exemption for production and use for the purposes of paragraph 2 of Article 3. Quantities of a chemical occurring as constituents of articles manufactured or already in use before or on the date of entry into force of the obligation in question with respect to that chemical will not be considered included in this Annex provided that the party has to be notified to the Secretariat that a particular type of article remains in use in that Part. The Secretariat shall make such notifications publicly available;
Iii) This note, which does not apply to chemicals marked with an asterisk after their name in the column headed "Chemical Product" in Part I of this Annex, shall not be considered a specific exemption Production and use for the purposes of paragraph 2 of Article 3. Since it is not expected that significant amounts of the chemical reach the people and the environment during production and use of an intermediary in a closed and limited system to a site, one Party, upon notification to the Secretariat, may allow the production and use of quantities of a chemical listed in this Annex as an intermediary in a limited closed-system site that is chemically transformed in the manufacture of other chemicals that, taking into account the criteria set out in paragraph 1 of Annex D, do not exhibit characteristics of persistent organic pollutants. This notification shall include information on total production and use of such chemical or a reasonable estimate of such data as well as information on the nature of the closed and limited system site, including the magnitude of any unintentional contamination untransformed traces of the starting material of persistent organic pollutants in the final product. This procedure applies except as in this Annex otherwise indicated. The Secretariat shall make such notifications available to the Conference of the Parties and the public. Such production or use shall not be considered as a specific exemption for production or use. Such production and use shall cease after a ten-year period, unless the Party concerned submits a new notification to the Secretariat, in which case the period shall be extended for an additional ten years unless the Conference of the Parties, after studying the production and use decides otherwise. The notification procedure can be repeated;
Iv) All the specific exemptions listed in this Annex may be exercised by Parties that have registered exemptions in respect of them in accordance with Article 4, with the exception of the use of polychlorinated biphenyls in articles in use in accordance with the provisions of Part II of this Annex, which may be exercised by all Parties. Part II


Polychlorinated biphenyls Each Party shall:
a) With respect to the elimination of the use of polychlorinated biphenyls in equipment (eg transformers, capacitors or other receptacles containing liquid stocks) no later than 2025, subject to review by the Conference of the Parties, take action in accordance with the following priorities:
i) make determined efforts to identify, label and remove from use equipment containing more than 10 efforts % polychlorinated biphenyls and volumes greater than 5 liters;

Ii) Make determined efforts to identify, label and remove from use equipment containing greater than 0.05% polychlorinated biphenyls and above 5 liters volumes efforts;
Iii) Endeavour to identify and remove from use equipment containing greater than 0,005% polychlorinated biphenyls and volumes greater than 0.05 liters;
B) In accordance with the priorities mentioned in paragraph a), the Parties shall promote the following measures to reduce exposures and risk to control the use of polychlorinated biphenyls:
i) Use only in equipment intact and sealed and only in areas where the risk of release into the environment can be minimized and the release area can quickly remedied;
Ii) Not use in equipment in areas associated with the production or processing of food or animal feed areas;
Iii) When used in populated areas, including schools and hospitals, take all reasonable measures to protect against power outages that could result in a fire, and regular inspection of equipment for leaks;
C) Notwithstanding paragraph 2 of Article 3, ensure that equipment containing polychlorinated biphenyls described in paragraph a), shall not be exported or imported except for the purpose of environmentally sound waste management;
D) Except for maintenance or repair operations, not allow recovery for reuse in other equipment of liquids with polychlorinated biphenyls content above 0.005%;
E) Making efforts to achieve environmentally sound waste management of liquids containing polychlorinated biphenyls and polychlorinated biphenyls contaminated with a concentration exceeding 0.005% polychlorinated biphenyls equipment, in accordance with paragraph 1 of Article 6, as soon as possible but no later than 2028, subject to review by the Conference of the Parties;
F) Instead of what is stated in note ii) of Part I of this Annex, ESFOR zarse to identify other articles containing more than 0,005% polychlorinated biphenyls (eg cable-sheaths, cured caulk and painted) objects and manage them in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1 of Article 6;
G) Provide a report every five years on progress in eliminating polychlorinated biphenyls and submit it to the Conference of the Parties under Article 15;
H) The reports described in paragraph g) shall, as appropriate, by the Conference of the Parties to the reviews relating to polychlorinated biphenyls. The Conference of the Parties shall review progress towards elimination of polychlorinated biphenyls different every five years or at intervals, as appropriate, taking into account such reports. Annex B RESTRICTION



Part 1 PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
QUIMICOACTIVIDADFINALIDAD OK OEXENCION DDT (1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis (4-chlorophenyl) etanoNo CAS.: 50-29-3ProducciónFinalidad acceptable: Use in combating disease vectors in accordance with Part II of this Annex
specific exemption: intermediate in production of dicofol intermediate
acceptable UsoFinalidad: Use in the fight against disease vectors under Part II of this Annex specific exemption
:
production of dicofol Intermediate Notes:
i) unless this Convention provides otherwise, the amounts of a chemical they present as contaminants unintentional trace in products and articles shall not be regarded in this Annex;
Ii) This note shall not be considered as an acceptable purpose or specific exemption for production and use for the purposes of paragraph 2 of Article 3. Quantities of a chemical occurring as constituents of articles manufactured or already in use on or before the date of entry into force of the obligation in question with respect to that chemical will not be considered included in this Annex provided that the Party has notified the Secretariat that a particular type of article remains in use in that Party. The Secretariat shall make such notifications publicly available;

Iii) This note shall not be considered as a specific exemption for production and use for the purposes of paragraph 2 of Article 3. Since not expected that significant quantities of chemical reach the people and the environment during production and use of an intermediary in a limited closed-system site, a Party, upon notification to the Secretariat, may allow the production and use of quantities of a chemical listed in this Annex as an intermediary in a closed and limited system to a site that is chemically transformed in the manufacture of other chemicals that, taking into account the criteria set out in paragraph 1 of Annex D, do not exhibit characteristics of persistent organic pollutants. This notification shall include information on total production and use of such chemical or a reasonable estimate of such data as well as information on the nature of the closed and limited system site, including the magnitude of any unintentional contamination untransformed traces of the starting material of persistent organic pollutants in the final product. This procedure applies except as in this Annex otherwise indicated. The Secretariat shall make such notifications available to the Conference of the Parties and the public. Such production or use shall not be considered as a specific exemption for production or use. Such production and use shall cease after a ten-year period, unless the Party concerned submits a new notification to the Secretariat; in which case the period shall be extended for an additional ten years unless the Conference of the Parties, after studying the production and use decides otherwise. The notification procedure can be repeated;
Iv) All the specific exemptions listed in this Annex may be exercised by Parties that have registered exemptions in respect of them in accordance with Article 4. Part II

DDT (1,1, 1-trichloro-2,2-bis (4-chlorophenyl) ethane)
1. production and use of DDT except with respect to Parties that have notified the Secretariat of their intention to produce and / or use DDT are removed. a register for DDT is created. The Secretariat shall maintain the DDT Register.
2. Each Party that produces and / or uses DDT shall restrict such production and / or use to control disease vectors in accordance with the recommendations and guidelines of the World Health Organization on the use of DDT and when that party does not have safe, effective and affordable alternatives.
3. Should a Party not listed in the DDT Register determines that it requires DDT for disease vector, that Party shall notify the Secretariat as soon as possible so that your name added forthwith to the DDT Registry. At the same time notify the World Health Organization information on the amount used, the conditions of such use and its relevance to the management strategy that Party's disease, in a format to be decided by the Conference of the Parties in consultation with the World Health Organization.
4. Each Party using DDT shall provide every three years to the Secretariat and the World Health Organization information on the amount used, the conditions of such use and its relevance to the management strategy that Party's disease, in a format that will decide the Conference of the Arts in consultation with the World Health Organization.
5. With the goal of reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of DDT, the Conference of the Parties shall encourage:
a) Each Party using DDT to develop and implement an action plan as part of the implementation plan it stipulated in Article 7. that action plan shall include:
i) development of regulatory and other mechanisms to ensure that DDT use is restricted to the fight against disease vectors;
Ii) Application of products, methods and appropriate alternative strategies, including strategies of resistance management to ensure the continuing effectiveness of these alternatives;
Iii) Measures to strengthen health care and reduce cases of the disease.

B) The Parties, within their capabilities, promote research and development of chemical and non-chemical methods and safe alternative strategies for Parties using DDT, taking into account the conditions of those countries and with the goal of reducing the burden of disease for humans and the economy. When considering alternatives or combinations of alternatives shall serve the risks to human health and environmental implications of such alternatives. Viable alternatives to DDT shall pose less risk to human health and the environment, be suitable for disease control based on conditions in the Parties and based on monitoring data.
6. Since its first meeting and thereafter at least every three years, the Conference of the Parties, in consultation with the World Health Organization, will determine whether DDT is still needed to combat disease vectors on the basis of scientific, technical, environmental and economic information, including:
a) the production and use of DDT and the conditions set out in paragraph 2;
B) The availability, suitability and implementation of alternatives to DDT; and
c) Progress in strengthening the capacity of countries to transfer safely to the adoption of such alternatives.
7. Upon notification to the Secretariat, any Party may withdraw at any time its name from the DDT Registry upon written notification to the Secretariat. The withdrawal shall take effect on the date specified in the notification. Annex C


UNINTENTIONAL PRODUCTION Part I: Persistent organic pollutants subject to the requirements of Article 5
This Annex applies to the following persistent organic pollutants when formed and released form unintentionally from anthropogenic sources: chemical

dibenzofurans and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDD / PCDF) Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) (CAS: 118-74-1) Pliclorados biphenyls (PCB) Part II
| source Categories ||
the polychlorinated dibenzo-p, hexachlorobenzene and polychlorinated biphenyls are formed and released unintentionally from thermal processes involving organic matter and chlorine as a result of incomplete combustion or chemical reactions. The following industrial source categories have the potential for comparatively high formation and release of these chemicals to the environment:
a) Waste incinerators, including co-incinerators of municipal, hazardous or medical waste or sewage sludge;
B) Hazardous waste from combustion in cement kilns;
C) Production of pulp using elemental chlorine or chemicals generating elemental chlorine for bleaching;
D) The following technical processes in the metallurgical industry:
i) Secondary copper production;
Ii) Sinter plants in the iron and steel industry;
Iii) Secondary aluminum production;
Iv) Secondary zinc production: Part III


Source categories also can and released unintentionally polychlorinated dibenzofurans and dibenzo furans, hexacolorobenceno, polychlorinated biphenyls from the following categories sources, in particular:
a) open burning of waste, including burning of landfill sites;
B) Thermal processes in the metallurgical industry not mentioned in Part II;
C) Residential combustion sources;
D) Combustion of fossil fuels in power plants and industrial boilers;
E) Firing installations for wood and other biomass fuels;
F) production processes that release certain chemicals unintentionally formed persistent organic pollutants, especially production of chlorophenols and chloranil;
G) Crematoria;
H) Motor vehicles, particularly those burning leaded gasoline as fuel;
I) Destruction of animal carcasses;
J) dyeing (with chloranil) and finishing (with alkaline extraction) textiles and leather;
K) Shredder plants for the treatment of vehicles once finished its useful life;
L) Smouldering of copper cables;
M) waste oil refineries. Part IV Definitions


1. For the purposes of this Annex:
a) "Polychlorinated biphenyls" means aromatic compounds formed in such a manner that they understand the hydrogen atoms on the biphenyl molecule (two benzene rings bonded together by a single carbon-carbon bond) may be substituted by up to ten chlorine atoms; Y

B) "dibenzo" and "dioxins" and "polychlorinated dibenzofurans" are tricyclic, aromatic compounds formed by two benzene rings linked together, in the dibenzo by two oxygen atoms, while dibenzofurans polychlorinated by an oxygen atom and a carbon-carbon and hydrogen atoms which may be substituted by up to eight chlorine atoms.
2. This annex the toxicity of polychlorinated dibenzo-p, is expressed using the concept of toxic equivalency which measures the toxic activity relative dioxin kind of different congeners of p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans, coplanar polychlorinated biphenyls in comparison to 2, 3, 7, 8-tetrachlorodibenzo. The values ​​of toxic equivalent factor to be used for the purposes of this Convention shall be consistent with accepted international standards, first with the values ​​of factor mammalian toxic equivalent of the World Health Organization 1998 regarding polychlorinated dibenzo-p and coplanar polychlorinated biphenyls. Concentrations are expressed in toxic equivalents.

Part V General guidance on best available techniques and best environmental practices
This part is transmitted to the Parties general guidance on preventing or reducing releases of the chemicals listed in Part I .
A. General prevention measures relating to best available techniques and best environmental practices
Priority should be given to the consideration of approaches to prevent the formation and release of the chemicals listed in Part I. Useful measures could include: | || a) Using a low-waste technology;
B) use of less hazardous substances;
C) promotion of the recovery and recycling of waste and generated and used in the processes substances;
D) Replacement of feed materials which are persistent or if there is a direct link between the materials and releases of persistent organic pollutants from the source organic pollutants;
E) Programs Good housekeeping and preventive maintenance;
F) Improving waste management with a view to ending waste incineration to open and other uncontrolled burning, including burning of landfill sites. When considering proposals to construct new waste disposal they should be considered alternatives such as, for example, activities to minimize the generation of municipal and medical waste, including resource recovery, reuse, recycling, separation of waste and promoting products that generate less waste. Under this approach should be carefully considered public health problems;
G) Minimization of these chemicals as contaminants in products;
H) Avoiding elemental chlorine or chemicals generating elemental chlorine for bleaching.
B.
Best available techniques The concept of best available techniques is not aimed at the prescription of any specific technique or technology, but to take into account the technical characteristics of the installation concerned, its geographical location and the local environmental conditions. Appropriate measures to reduce releases of the chemicals listed in Part I control techniques are generally the same. In determining the best available techniques special attention should be given, generally or in specific cases, to the factors below taking into account the likely costs and benefits of a measure and consideration of precaution and prevention:
a) considerations:
i) the nature, effects and mass of the releases concerned: techniques may vary depending on the size of the font;
Ii) commissioning dates for new or existing installations;
Iii) time needed to introduce the best available technique;
Iv) The consumption and nature of raw materials used in the process and energy efficiency;
V) The need to prevent or minimize the overall impact of the releases to the environment and the dangers posed to this;
Vi) The need to prevent accidents and to minimize their consequences for the environment;
Vii) The need to ensure occupational health and safety in the workplace;
Viii) Comparable processes, facilities or methods of operation which have been tried with success on an industrial scale.

Ix) Technological advances and changes of knowledge and understanding in science.
B) Measures to reduce releases general: When considering proposals to construct new facilities or significantly modify existing facilities using processes that release chemicals included in this Annex, they should be considered in priority processes, techniques or practices that have similar usefulness but which avoid the formation and release of such chemicals. In cases where such facilities will be constructed or significantly modified, in addition to the prevention measures outlined in section A of Part V, to determine the best available techniques may also consider the following reduction measures: || | i) Use of improved flue gas cleaning such as thermal or catalytic oxidation, dust precipitation, or adsorption methods;
Ii) Treatment of residuals, wastewater, wastes and sewage sludge by, for example, thermal treatment or inert or chemical processes that remove toxicity returning them;
Iii) Process changes that lead to the reduction or elimination of releases, such as moving to closed systems;
Iv) Modification of process designs to improve combustion and prevent formation of the chemicals listed in Annex, by controlling parameters such as incineration temperature or residence time.
C. BEP
The Conference of the Parties may develop guidance with regard to best environmental practices.

ANNEX D Information requirements and selection criteria
1. A Party submitting a proposal for listing a chemical in Annexes A, B and / or C shall identify the chemical in the manner described in paragraph a) and provide information on the chemical and, if necessary, its transformation products in relation to the selection criteria set out in subparagraphs b) to e):
a) chemical identity:
i) names, including trade names or trade names or and synonyms, the registration number of the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), the name in the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC); and
ii) Structure, including specification of isomers, where applicable, and the structure of the chemical class;
B) Persistence:
i) Evidence that the half-life of the chemical in water is greater than two months, or that its half-life in soil is greater than six months, or that its half-life in sediment is more than six months; or
ii) Evidence that the chemical is otherwise sufficiently persistent to justify its consideration within the scope of this Agreement form;
C) Bioaccumulation:
i) Evidence that the BCF or BAF chemical in aquatic species is greater than 5,000 or, in the absence of such data, that the log Kow is greater to 5;
Ii) Evidence that a chemical presents other reasons for concern, such as high bioaccumulation in other species, high toxicity or ecotoxicity; or
iii) Monitoring data in biota indicating that the bioaccumulation potential of the chemical is sufficient to justify its consideration within the scope of this Convention;
D) Potential for long-range transport in the environment:
i) Measured levels of the chemical in locations distant from the sources of its release that could be of concern;
Ii) Monitoring data showing that long-range transport of the chemical in the environment, with the potential for transfer to a receiving environment, may have occurred via air, water or migratory species; or
iii) destination properties in the environment and / or model results that demonstrate that the chemical has a potential for long-range transport in the environment through air, water or migratory species, with the potential for transfer to a receiving environment in locations distant from the sources of its release. In the case of a chemical that migrates significantly through the air, its half-life in air should be greater than two days; and
e) Adverse effects:
i) Evidence of adverse effects to human health or the environment that justifies that the chemical will be considered in the scope of this Convention; or
ii) Toxicity or ecotoxicity data that indicate the potential for damage to human health or the environment.

2. The proposing Party shall provide a statement of the reasons for concern including, where possible, a comparison of toxicity or ecotoxicity data with detected or predicted levels of a chemical that result or anticipated as a result of transport long distance in the environment, and a brief statement on the need for global control.
3. The proposing Party shall, as far as possible and taking into account its capabilities, provide additional information to support the review of the proposal referred to in paragraph 4 of Article F. In developing such a proposal, the Party may draw on technical expertise from any source.

ANNEX E Information requirements for the risk profile
The objective of the review is to assess whether it is likely that a chemical, as a result of long-range transport in the environment, may have significant effects adverse human health and / or the environment of such magnitude to justify action at the global level. For this purpose, a risk profile which will go into more detail and information will be evaluated referred to in Annex D, which should include, to the extent possible, information of the following type will be prepared: | || a) Sources, including as appropriate:
i) production data, including quantity and location;
Ii) Uses; and
iii) Releases, such as discharges, losses and emissions;
B) Hazard assessment for the endpoint or endpoints of concern, including a consideration of toxicological interactions in involving multiple chemicals;
C) Destination in the environment, including data and information on the chemical and physical properties and persistence, and how these are linked to its environmental transport, transfer within segments of the medium environment, including their degradation and transformation to other chemicals. a determination of BCF or BAF, based on that data are judged to meet this need monitoring measured values ​​except be included;
D) Monitoring data;
E) Exposure in local areas and, in particular, as a result of long-range transport in the environment, including information regarding bio-availability;
F) Assessments of national and international risk, risk assessments or profiles and labeling information and hazard classifications, as available; and
g) Status of the chemical under international conventions. ANNEX F


Information on socio-economic considerations should be an evaluation of possible control measures for chemicals under consideration for inclusion in this Convention, encompassing the full range of options, including management made and elimination. To that end, the relevant information on socio-economic considerations associated with possible control measures to enable the Conference of the Parties to take a decision should be provided. Such information must be properly taken into account the differing capabilities and conditions of the Parties and consideration must be submitted to the indicative list of items below:
a) Effectiveness and efficiency of possible control measures to achieve the risk reduction goals:
i) technical feasibility; and
ii) Costs, including environmental health costs;
B) Alternatives (products and processes):
i) Technical feasibility;
Ii) Costs, including environmental and health costs;
Iii) Effectiveness;
Iv) Risk;
V) Availability; and
vi) Accessibility;
C) Negative Positive and / or implementing possible control measures for society:
i) Health, including public, environmental and workplace health;
Ii) Agriculture, including aquaculture and forestry;
Iii) Biota (biodiversity);
Iv) Economic Aspects;
V) Movement towards sustainable development; and
vi) Social costs;
D) Consequences of waste and disposal (in particular, obsolete stocks of pesticides and clean-up of contaminated sites):
i) Technical feasibility; and
ii) Cost;
E) Access to information and public education;
F) Status of control and monitoring capacity; and
g) Any control measures at national or regional level, including information on alternatives and other relevant risk management information.

I hereby certify the foregoingtext That is a true copy of the StockholmConvention on Persistent OrganicPollutants, at Stockholm on22 May ADOPTED 2001, the Original of whichis deposited With the Secretary-General of the United Nations.Je certifie that precedes qui est le texte une copie conforme south of Stockholm laConvention lespolluants persistants organiques, adoptée to Stockholm le 22 mai2001, dont l'original du Secrétairegénéral auprés de l'Organisationdes is trouvedéposé Nations Unies.
For the Secretary-General, The Legal Counsel (Under-Secretary-General forLegal Affairs) Pour le Secrétaire général, Le Conseiller juridique (Secrétaire général adjoint auxaffaires juridiques)
Hans Corell (signed)
United NationsNew York31 May 2001Organisation des Nations UniesNew
YorkLe 31 mai 2001 PUBLIC POWER EXECUTIVE BRANCH PRESIDENCY oF THE REPUBLIC

Bogotá, DC, July 21, 2003. Approved
. Submit to the consideration of the honorable National Congress for constitutional purposes. .
(. OTF)
The Alvaro Uribe Minister of Foreign Affairs,
(. OTF) Carolina Barco Isakson "
DECREES: Article 1.
. Approval of the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", made in Stockholm on this twenty (22) days of May two thousand and one (2001). Article 2.
. In accordance with the provisions of article 1 of Law 7 of 1944, the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", made in Stockholm on this twenty (22) days of May two thousand and one (2001), which by article 1 of this law is approved, it will force the country from the date the international link is perfect therefrom.
Article 3o. This law applies from the date of publication.
Given in Bogotá, DC, ...
honorable Presented to Congress by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Minister of Social Protection and the Minister of Environment Housing and Territorial Development.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carolina Barco Isakson
.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,
CANO GUSTAVO CARLOS SANZ.
The Minister of Social Protection, Diego Palacio
.
The Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development,
SANDRA SUÁREZ PÉREZ. STATEMENT OF MOTIVES

Honorable Senators and Representatives:
On behalf of the Government and in compliance with Articles 150, paragraph 16 and 189, paragraph 2 of the Constitution of Colombia, presented for consideration by the honorable Congress Republic the bill, through which the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", made in Stockholm on this twenty (22) days of May two thousand and one (2001) was approved. Background

The international concern over these chemicals came from the 60s and 70s due to the dramatic increase in the use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), by industry and agriculture. The growing scientific evidence available at the time, indicated that exposure to small amounts of persistent organic pollutants, POPs, as they are commonly known by its acronym, could cause damage to the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system of humans, diseases of the immune system, reproductive disorders, interference with the normal development of infants and children, and even lead to cancer development.
These substances share the following characteristics that make them particularly dangerous:
toxicity. Biological systems break causing several toxic effects.
Persistence: POPs are stable components that resist the natural processes of decay. In this way they persist and exert toxic effects in the environment for long periods of time.
Bioaccumulation: POPs concentrate in fatty substances, such as edible oil, milk, butter, meat, fat and lipid tissues of human beings. As you progress through the links in the food chain, the concentration indices of COP increase. Therefore, the highest concentrations of these contaminants have been found in predatory animals that are located on the top of the food chain, such as polar bears, whales, seals and humans.

There is now concrete evidence of the danger that POPs meant for human beings and the world's biodiversity. The main means of exposure to COPE for man, is the food, especially those rich in fats such as meat, fish and dairy products. Living beings in formation are the most vulnerable to the toxic effects of COPE: contaminants pass from mother to fetus through the placenta and then, at a later stage, through milk.
The negotiation process
Given the above, the 19th Governing Council of United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, held in February 1997 agreed to initiate international action to protect human health and the environment through measures to reduce and / or eliminate emissions and discharges of persistent organic pollutants, COPE. To do so, decision 19 / 13C it instructs the Executive Director of UNEP and the World Health Organization, WHO, the task of convening an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee with the mandate to prepare a legally binding instrument on the COPE.
After five sessions of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, in May 2001, the Plenipotentiary Conference meeting in Stockholm, Sweden, adopted the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants". At that time 91 states, including Colombia, signed the agreement as a manifestation of its policy of considering ratification will.
Currently, the Stockholm Convention brings together 151 signatories and 33 States Parties, reaching more than half of the 5 0 ratifications required for its entry into force at the multilateral level (Article 26).
In order to assist developing countries and economies in transition in ratifying the Convention, the Global Environment known as GEF (for its acronym in English) approved in October 2002 the creation of the fourth line of funding for activities related to POPs activities. Through the Fund, the Stockholm Convention arranged resources for the implementation of the so-called "enabling activities" in GEF, ie diagnostic activities and strengthening of the capacities that enable recipient countries of aid to meet its future obligations under agreement. This project is specifically enabling activities aimed at developing the National Plan of Implementation of the countries, the main tool provided by the Convention to facilitate planning compliance.
On the other hand, the national government gave full powers to the Ambassador of Colombia to the Government of Sweden, to sign the Convention occurrence ceremony held on 23 May 2001. Subject of the agreement and
measures to reduce or eliminate releases from intentional production and use
the main objective of the Stockholm Convention is to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants.
To achieve the proposed objective, the Convention establishes a series of measures to reduce or eliminate releases from intentional production and use of organic pollutants, and requires the Parties to adopt legal and administrative measures necessary to eliminate the production, use, import and export of chemicals listed in Annex a; to ensure that a product of Annex A or B is imported only for the purpose of environmentally sound disposal or for a use or purpose permitted by that State Party. Thus, the Convention provides for the reduction and eventual elimination of discharges of POPs resulting from their production and use intentional and unintentional and stockpiles of waste contaminated by the member countries of the agreement or its subsequent management with the objective the Convention.
The twelve Persistent Organic Pollutants, POPs initially listed in Annex III of the Convention, are classified into three different categories as well:
i) Pesticides-aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, mirex and toxaphene;
Ii) Chemical Industrial-hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PBC for its acronym in English); and
iii) Unintentional-dibenzo-products, and CDFs.
Cooperation resources enabling activities

Colombia, through the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, presented for approval by the GEF project "Enabling activities to assist Colombia in meeting the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", which was officially approved in May 2002 by the GEF.

Considerations While it is difficult dimension in all its complexity the current problems of Persistent Organic Pollutants, POPs, in Colombia, we know that the financial and technical needs to control these substances are significant.
Similarly, the country needs effective transfer of technology that allows us to implement the "best available techniques and best environmental practices" which speaks the Convention, particularly in regard to the reduction of releases of dioxins and furans.
Given the above, we believe that the Stockholm Convention can become an important tool not only to raise funds for international cooperation (bilateral and multilateral) but to create national awareness about the importance that they should be given to activities aimed to destroy and control the "dirty dozen" as has been called the twelve POPs identified by the Convention.
The response of the international community in relation to this agreement has been particularly favorable; the Convention was signed by 151 Parties and to date 33 States have ratified within two years. Because of the speed with which the ratifications have been made, it can be predicted that the international instrument will enter into force no later than the second half of 2004.
In that sense, the timing of our ratification is a strategic element to consider . If approved in this legislature, there would be the possibility to deposit our instrument of ratification in time for entry into force, it ie that Colombia would participate fully in the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties, highest decision-making body of the Convention that is, be able to participate in making final decisions for the achievement of the objectives of the Convention; which, undoubtedly, will affect positively and effectively the life and health of humans, particularly of our people and the preservation of a safe and healthy environment.
No promptly ratify the aforementioned international instrument, necessarily entail the loss of opportunity to access financial assistance provided for the Stockholm Convention and as is demonstrated to date, has the political support of donor countries like Canada, Sweden, Denmark and others, particularly the United States.
Colombia has resources approved in the amount of seven hundred fifty thousand (750.000.00) dollars for the realization of a GEF / World Bank project for enabling activities under the Stockholm Convention. Not approved and ratified the Convention, we consider the institutional and technical capacity that can be generated with these resources probably would not count on the political support needed to consolidate. In this regard, it is worth reiterating that the participation of all relevant entities in the subject is vital for the proper development of this project and to advance successfully any activities to control these substances having a negative impact on health and the environment it's undeniable. The international commitment expressed in the ratification will allow, thanks to the political will necessarily generate, optimize efforts to achieve the objectives of the Convention.
Moreover, it is recalled that Colombia has been characterized by continuous and active participation in negotiations on a number of international environmental instruments, both in defense of their interests and the multilateral system of the United Nations. In this sense it would not be consistent to stay out of this environment, further multilateral agreement, if we start from the basis that only through concerted international level actions can effectively reduce the risks associated with persistent organic pollutants, which is considered a global issue.
Given the above, the Government, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Minister of Social Protection and the Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, requests the honorable National Congress to approve the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", made in Stockholm on this twenty (22) days of May two thousand and one (2001).
Of the honorable Congressmen,
The Minister of Foreign Affairs,

Carolina Barco Isakson.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Carlos Gustavo Cano
Sanz.
The Minister of Social Protection, Diego Palacio Betancourt
.
The Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development Sandra Suárez Pérez
.

LAW 424 1998 (January 13)
why tracking the international agreements signed by Colombia is ordered.

The Congress of Colombia DECREES: Article 1.
. The National Government through the Foreign Ministry presented annually to the Second Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Senate and House, and within the first thirty calendar days after the legislative session that begins each July 20, a detailed report on how they are fulfilling and developing the existing international agreements signed by Colombia with other States. Article 2.
. Each branch of the National Government responsible for implementing international treaties within their competence and require reciprocity in them, will communicate the relevant information to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and east to the Second Committees.
Article 3o. The full text of this law shall be annexed to each and every one of the international conventions that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs present to Congress.
Article 4o. This law governs from its promulgation.
The President of the honorable Senate.
Amilkar Acosta Medina.
The Secretary General of the honorable Senate, Pedro Pumarejo
Vega.
The President of the honorable House of Representatives, Carlos Ardila
Ballesteros.
The Secretary General of the honorable House of Representatives,
Diego Vivas Tafur. REPUBLIC OF NATIONAL COLOMBIAGOBIERNO

published and execute.
Given in Santa Fe de Bogota, DC, 13 January 1998.

Ernesto Samper Pizano Minister of Foreign Affairs, Emma Mejia Velez
Maria.

Senate SECRETARY GENERAL

Laws Processing Bogotá, DC, August 23, 2004.
Mr. President
In order to proceed to distribute the project law No. 86 of 2004 Senate, through which the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", made in Stockholm on this twenty (22) days of May two thousand and one (2001) is approved, I allow into his office the record of that initiative was presented at today against General Secretariat. The subject matter of the draft law is the responsibility of the Second Constitutional Standing Committee.
The Secretary General of the honorable Senate, Emilio Otero
Dajud.
PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC HONORABLE SENATE
Bogotá, DC, August 23, 2004.
According to the General Secretariat report, submitted by the bill dealt reference to the Second Committee and mailing yourself copy to the National Printing Office in order to be published in the Gazette of Congress.
Be it done.
The President of the honorable Senate,
Luis Humberto Gómez Gallo.
The Secretary General of the honorable Senate,
EMILIO OTERO DAJUD.
Mariano Ospina Perez,
FRANCISCO DE P. PÉREZ.
The Minister of Finance and Public Credit, BLAS
HERRERA Anzoategui.
The Minister of Labour, Health and Social Welfare,
VICENTE JOSE DAVILA.
The Minister of Posts and Telegraphs, DARÍO
BOTERO ISAZA.
The Minister of Public Works. RAMA

PUBLIC POWER EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC
Bogotá, DC, July 21, 2003. Approved
. Submit to the consideration of the honorable National Congress for constitutional purposes.
(Sgd.)
The Alvaro Uribe Minister of Foreign Affairs,
(Sgd.) CAROLINA Barco Isakson. DECREES
:
ARTICLE 1o. Approval of the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", made in Stockholm on this twenty (22) days of May two thousand and one (2001).
Article 2.
. In accordance with the provisions of article 1 of Law 7 of 1944, the "Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants", made in Stockholm on this twenty (22) days of May two thousand and one (2001), which by article 1 of this law is approved, it will force the country from the date the international link is perfect therefrom.

ARTICLE 3. This law applies from the date of publication.
The President of the honorable Senate,
CLAUDIA BLUM Barberi.
The Secretary General of the honorable Senate,
EMILIO RAMÓN OTERO DAJUD.
The President of the honorable House of Representatives
GALLARDO JULIO E. ARCHBOLD.
The Secretary General of the honorable House of Representatives, ANGELINO
LIZCANO RIVERA.
REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA

Contact NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND ENFORCED.
Run, after review by the Constitutional Court, pursuant to Article 241-10 of the Constitution.
Given in Bogotá, DC, on November 2, 2005.

The Alvaro Uribe Foreign Minister, Carolina Barco Isakson
.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, FELIPE ARIAS LEIVA
ANDREW.
The Minister of Social Protection, Diego Palacio
.
The Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development,
SANDRA SUÁREZ PÉREZ.

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