Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
The UNEP Governing Council convened an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to prepare an international legally binding instrument on persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The INC and its subsidiary bodies completed work on the instrument, the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, in December 2000 and a Conference of Plenipotentiaries adopted the Stockholm Convention on May 22, 2001.
The Stockholm Convention is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from POPs. POPs are chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods, become widely distributed geographically, accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms and are toxic to humans and wildlife.