National plan for Stockholm Convention implementation issued

Friday, 2017-10-20 10:51:52
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NDO/VNA – The Prime Minister has issued a national plan for the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) by 2025 with a vision to 2030.

The Stockholm Convention on POP is a global treaty, effective from 2004, to protect human health, biodiversity and the environment from chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods.

Parties to the convention are required to prohibit and/or eliminate the production and use of intentionally produced POPs and reduce or eliminate releases of unintentionally produced POPs.

In compliance with the convention’s Article 7, Vietnam shall develop a plan for the implementation of its obligations under the convention, review and update the plan on a periodical basis and transmit it to the Conference of the Parties.

The plan’s overall objectives are to ensure the strict safety lifecycle management and proper treatment of the POPs and to reduce disposal and eliminate the production and use of the POPs in Vietnam for the benefit of human health and the environment, towards sustainable development.

According to the implementation plan, the government will work to improve the institutional capacity and legal framework for the management and elimination of POPs. It will reinforce its expertise in monitoring, detecting and managing POPs and enhance the awareness of the POPs and their harmful effects to the environment among the involved parties.

The convention will also be integrated into the relevant environmental agreements in response to the UN Millennium Development Goals and the country’s management of waste and chemicals, as well as being integrated into the sustainable development strategy.