China has been participating in negotiations on Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants since 1998, and signed on the Convention in May 23, 2001. The Convention was officially ratified by China upon decision of the 10th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the 10th National Peoples’ Congress on June 25, 2004, and became effective to China on November 11, 2004. In order to effectively implement the Convention, the State Council of China set up the National Coordination Group for Implementation of the Stockholm Convention in May 2005, which was composed of 11 ministries and commissions, with Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) as the leading agency.
As appointed by MEP, the national focal point for Stockholm Convention implementation is placed in FECO, representing China to communicate with the Convention Secretariat and other parties to the Convention and acting as an information clearinghouse. FECO is also in charge of the daily operation of Office of National Coordination Group for Implementation of the Convention in China. With close cooperation with the international implementing agencies and the domestic counterparts, FECO has made great achievements in the implementation of the Stockholm Convention. It coordinated the formulation of the National Implementation Plan (NIP) and implemented a series of demonstration projects for reduction, phaseout and control of POPs in many sectors, and completely phased out 9 pesticidal POPs by May 2009.
For more information, please visit our POPs Action in China website: http://www.china-pops.org, which is dedicated specially to the implementation of the Stockholm Convention in China.