Review and update of the national implementation plan for the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Azerbaijan

Project General Information


NIP Update Azerbijan

Harmful substances and hazardous waste

Persistent Organic Pollutants


Azerbaijan ratified the Stockholm Convention 13 January 2004. Azerbaijan recognizes its obligation under article 7 of the Convention to develop a National Implementation Plan (NIP) and transmit it to the Conference of the Parties (COP) within two years of entry into force of the Convention and any amendments to its Annexes. Azerbaijan also recognizes its obligation under article 15 to report at periodic intervals to the Conference of the Parties on the measures it has taken to implement the provisions of the Stockholm Convention.


As principal component of the financial mechanism of the Stockholm Convention, the GEF funded a project Enabling Activity (GEF ID 2579) in 2005 to facilitate early action on the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Azerbaijan, with UNIDO’s support. The NIP was endorsed and submitted to the Stockholm Convention Secretariat on 15 January 2010.

At its fourth meeting, held from 4 to 8 May 2009, the COP, adopted decisions SC-4/10 to SC-4/18 that amended Annexes A (elimination) and C (unintentional production) of the Stockholm Convention to list nine additional chemicals as Persistent Organic Pollutants (new POPs). The COP noted needs for guidance and technical/financial support for developing countries and countries with economies in transition, bearing in mind paragraph 1 of Article 12 of the Convention. The COP also noted that some of the listed chemicals, especially industrial chemicals, are still produced in some countries and used in many countries; others exist globally in stockpiles and wastes that need to be dealt with in accordance with Article 6 of the Convention. Some Parties expressed needs for guidance on how to identify chemicals contained in articles/products and also those released from unintentional production. At its fifth meeting, held from 25-29 April 2011, the COP to the Stockholm Convention, by decision SC-5/4 adopted endosulfan as the tenth new POP. At its sixth meeting, held from 28 April to 10 May 2013 the COP to the Stockholm Convention, by decision SC-6/13 adopted hexabromocyclododecane as the eleventh new POP. At its seventh meeting, held in 2015, the Conference included the adoption of decisions listing Hexachlorobutadiene, pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters, and polychlorinated Naphthalenes to the Convention.

Azerbaijan is bounded by all the amendments adopted by the Conference of the Parties and the amendments enter into force in the county one year after the notification of the adoption of the amendments.


The implications for Parties of the listed new chemicals include the need:     

ü  To implement control measures for each chemical listed in annexes A or B (Articles 3 and 4);

ü  To develop and implement action plans for unintentionally produced chemicals listed in annex C (Article 5);

ü  To develop inventories of the chemicals' stockpiles (Article 6);

ü  To review and update the National Implementation Plan (Article 7);

ü  To include the new chemicals in the reporting (Article 15);

ü  To include the new chemicals in the programme for effectiveness evaluation, to be indicated by the Stockholm Convention Secretariat (Article 16).


According to paragraph 1(b) of Article 7 of the Stockholm Convention, the NIP has to be submitted within two years after entry-into-force of the amendment to the Convention for that party. Further, given the timetable for implementation of certain actions, a need for party reporting and potential adjustment of the NIP arises from the following obligations and deadlines:

ü  The updating of the list of permitted uses according to Article 3 Annex A or Annex B;

ü  The updating of the entry of specific exemptions according to Article 4 Annex A or Annex B; including on DDT use in public health sector every three years (according to Annex B, Part II);

ü  The updating of the national action plan for unintentional POPs according to Article 5, Annex C including updating of the release inventory and timetable for phase in of best available techniques and best environmental practices;


ü  The need to report progress on PCB elimination every five years according to Article 6, Annex A, Part II.

Expedited Enabling Activity(EA)



GEF Trust Fund

Stage Grant to UNEP Grant to other IA Co-Financing UNEP Fee Other IA Fee





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Low Risk

Participation of the general public, the Consumer Protection Offices, NGOs, and other stakeholders during different stages of the project or during the NIP preparation contributes to a better awareness of the population and integrates their interests for health and environmental protection in the policies. Furthermore, there are several different NGOs specialised in these fields that can help in the project development and implementation. The future NIP implementation will lead to the reduction of risks to the population, especially to the most vulnerable ones. For example, in agricultural communities in developing countries men may be at higher exposure to chemicals pesticides during application, while women and children may be more likely to be indirectly exposed during planting and harvesting. In some developing countries Dieldrin and Hexachlorobenzene (solvent in pesticide) are still used in agriculture . In 2010, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimated that approximately 70% of all children labourers from 5 to 17 years old work in agriculture. The FAO statistics from 2010 indicate that approximately 43% of all women in the work market work in agriculture. There is also an established link between poverty and the increased risk of exposure to toxic and hazardous chemicals. Exposure of poor people to toxic chemicals is often strongly correlated to geography, where low income populations typically reside in places considered undesirable, such as areas in the proximity to a factory, landfills, site incinerators and/or hazardous waste dumps (UNDP, 2011). This project will also encourage the participation of women and minority groups in the whole NIP process. Women will have an active role in the different project components and their equal participation will be sought. When possible, data disaggregated by sex you will be collected to allow policy makers to develop public policies that target both women and man and foster gender equity. A gender specialist will be engaged in project component one to ensure gender considerations are fully taken into account in the NIP development.

Not Applicable


Fiscal Year Project activities and objectives met

Day-to-day project management and monitoring will be the responsibility of the Executing Agency. The project monitoring will start with the inception workshop and the development of a detailed workplan, budget and detailed monitoring and evaluation plan with key stakeholders. The Executing Agency will develop and submit to UN Environment technical and financial reports every quarter describing the progress according to the workplan and budget, identifying obstacles occurred during implementation and the remediation actions to be taken.


UN Environment will monitor the project progress according to the workplan  on a regular basis and provide guidance to the Executing Agency to progress according to the workplan. Yearly during the GEF Project Implementation Review UN Environment will provide information about the status of the project implementation and the disbursements made.


The terminal report and final statement of accounts developed by the Executing Agency at the end of the project closes the Executing Agency monitoring activities for this project.


Templates for the quarterly progress and financial report, terminal report and final statement of accounts will be provided by UN Environment.


An independent terminal evaluation (TE) will take place at the end of project implementation, latest 6 months after completion of the project. The Evaluation Office of UN Environment will be responsible for the TE and liaise with the UN Environment Task Manager at Economics Division Chemicals Branch throughout the process. The TE will provide an independent assessment of project performance (in terms of relevance, effectiveness and efficiency), and determine the likelihood of impact and sustainability. It will have two primary purposes: (i) to provide evidence of results to meet accountability requirements, and (ii) to promote learning, feedback, and knowledge sharing through results and lessons learned among UN Environment and executing partners – UN Environment Regional Office for Europe in particular. The direct costs of the evaluation will be charged against the project evaluation budget. The TE report will be sent to project stakeholders for comments. Formal comments on the report will be shared by the Evaluation Office in an open and transparent manner. Project performance will be assessed against standard evaluation criteria using a six point rating scheme. The final determination of project ratings will be made by the Evaluation Office when the evaluation report is finalised. The evaluation report will be publically disclosed and will be followed by a recommendation compliance process. 


Expected outputs and planned activities:


3.1 Status of project implementation and probity of use of funds accessed on a regular basis and communicated to the GEF.

3.1.1   EA develops and submit technical and financial reports quarterly to UN Environment using UN Environment’s templates;

3.1.2   UN Environment communicate project progress to the GEF yearly during the Project Implementation Review using GEF’s template;

3.1.3   Develop and submit terminal report and final statement of accounts to UN Environment at project end. 


3.2      Independent terminal evaluation developed and made publicly available.


3.2.1   UN Environment EO carry out the terminal evaluation upon the request of the UN Environment Task Manager and make it publicly available in the UN Environment website.

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Project Objective: Review and update the National Implementation Plan (NIP) in order to comply with article 7 under the Stockholm Convention

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Confirmed Co-financing[1]

1.     Support to share information and evaluate NIPs worldwide

1.1      Capacity building and technical assistance provided to Azerbaijan to update its NIP while building sustainable foundation for its future implementation;


1.2      Knowledge management services provided.



2.     NIP development, endorsement and submission to the Stockholm Convention Secretariat

2.1    Technical guidance and support provided to strengthen the national coordination mechanism for NIP development and future implementation;


2.2    Comprehensive information on the current POPs management institutions and regulatory framework, POPs life cycle in the country and their impacts to human health and the environment compiled and made publicly available;


2.3    Draft updated NIP developed based on identified national priorities;


2.4    Technical support provided to facilitate the NIP endorsement and submission to the Stockholm Convention Secretariat.



3.    Monitoring and Evaluation

3.1    Status of project implementation and probity of use of funds accessed on a regular basis and communicated to the GEF


3.2    Independent terminal evaluation developed and made publicly available.






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[1]Co-financing for enabling activity is encouraged but not required.

[2]This is the cost associated with the unit executing the project on the ground and could be financed out of trust fund or co-financing sources. For EAs within the ceiling, PMC could be up to 10% of the Subtotal GEF Project Financing.