19 May 2021

Venue: Online | Webex

Organization: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

2021 marks the 20 years anniversary of the Stockholm Convention, the global treaty protecting human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Join us to commemorate the adoption of the Convention and celebrate its contribution to the achievement of the Agenda 2030.


The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants was adopted at a Conference of Plenipotentiaries on 22 May 2001 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Convention entered into force on 17 May 2004, ninety days after the submission of the fiftieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession in respect of the Convention. As of 20 October,2020 there are 184 Parties to the Convention.

The Stockholm Convention protects human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants through a range of measures aimed at reducing and ultimately eliminating their releases. Initially addressing 12 POPs, today it covers 30 POPS.

The past two decades have seen the convention grow and evolve from laying down a solid base to facilitate the implementation of the Convention at the national, regional and global levels to its actual implementation. Achievements include the establishment and operationalisation of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, the endorsement, subsequent review and evaluation of institutions to serve as regional and sub-regional centres for capacity-building and the transfer of technology, the development of relevant guidance called by the Convention, the adoption of the global monitoring plan as well as arrangements for evaluating the effectiveness of the Convention, the first review of the effectiveness of the Convention, the listing of 18 new POPs in the Annexes A, B and C to the Convention, to mention a few. Over this period the Convention has also demonstrated that it’s science-based approach for identifying and addressing new POPs make it a flexible instrument that can adapt to the changing needs over time.

Commemorating the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention provides an opportunity to raise awareness on the Convention by showcasing its contribution towards the protection of human health and the environment as well as to the SDGs and the implementation of the Agenda 2030.


The event will take place online. Kindly register directly on the Webex platform.


In addition to the live WebEx and Facebook transmissions, the video will be available on this webpage.