POPs GMP data visualization and analysis


The aim of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is to protect human health and the environment from adverse effects of POPs that are released to the environment from use, production, unintentional production of POPs and from stockpiles and wastes containing POPs.

The Article 16 of the Convention requires that effectiveness of measures adopted by the Convention to eliminate or significantly reduce POPs releases must be regularly evaluated. To that regard a Global Monitoring Plan was designed including core matrices where to monitor POPs and time intervals between data collection campaigns.

In addition, there is a regularly updated Global Monitoring Plan Guidance document specifying which POPs including their congeners, isomers, precursors, transformation and degradation products should be monitored to receive the most comprehensive information.

The first overview of the world geographical distribution of POPs was established by the first Global Monitoring Plan data collection campaign in 2008. Global data on 12 initial POPs reported to the Stockhom Convention are gathered in five regional reports adopted by the 4th meeting of the Conference of the Parties in Geneva in May 2009. Next global data collection campaign is to occur in 2013–2014 and it will contain information on 23 POPs currently listed in the Stockholm Convention.

Changes in the scope of the Stockholm Convention over time
12 initial POPs POPs listed since 2009

POPs listed since 2011






POPs listed since 2013



Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD)


γ-HCH POPs listed since 2015


Hexabromobiphenyl Hexachlorobutadiene


Pentachlorobenzene Pentachlorophenol, its salts and esters


c-penta BDE Polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCN)


c-octa BDE


Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)


Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxines (PCDDs)


Polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs)    




Source: Guidance on the Global Monitoring Plan for Persistent Organic Pollutants. The most recent version of the Guidance document is available in UNEP/POPS/COP.7/INF39.


Last update: 4 September 2015