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Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (The POP Stockholm Convention)
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants was adopted on 22 May 2001 and entered into force on 17 May 2004. The objective of the Stockholm Convention is to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods. The Convention adopts the Annex system (Annex A, Annex B, Annex C). According to which Annex a POP belongs, its production and use, import and export may have to be prohibited, restricted or reduced. The Convention also ensures that stockpiles and wastes consisting of, containing or contaminated with POPs are managed safely and in an environmentally sound manner and also provides for detailed procedures for the listing of new POPs in the Annexes.