PCB elimination network

The PEN was established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Stockholm Convention at its fourth meeting in 2009 (decision SC-4/5). It was tranferred from the Secretariat of the Stockholm convention to UN Environment in 2011 (COP-5). The PEN informs on the progress of work to every meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Stockholm convention and United Nationas Environment Assambly. 

The PEN is coordinated by the Secretariat, hosted by UN Environment Chemicals and Health Branch. The Secretariat works in close collaboration with the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat.

The PEN is comprised of an Advisory Committee and PEN members. The Advisory Committee oversees the work of the PEN and meets annually to review the activities undertaken and establish the direction for future work. Membership to the PEN is open to governments, inter-governmental organizations, donors, PCB holders, non-governmental organizations, industry, experts/academia, Stockholm and Basel Conventions Regional Centres and business sectors. 

Members composition of the Advisory Committe of the PEN

Terms of Reference of the PEN


The PEN has been developing and implementing a new awareness raising strategy to put PCB back on the international agenda, including videos, website, webinars and fact sheets.

Other concrete activities include supporting activities on PCB in Open Applications, preparations for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Conferences of the Parties (BRS COPs) and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) and coordinating the meetings of the Advisory Committee. 

Application for membership in the PEN 

Parties to the Stockholm Convention (Official Contact Points and National Focal Points) are members of the PEN. All other stakeholders relevant to the management of PCB are welcome to apply for membership. Please fill in the application form and send it to the Secretary of the PEN at [email protected].

Application forms: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish,

Webinar series

The PEN, in collaboration with UN Environment Chemicals and Waste Branch and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), has developed a webinar series titled PCB - A Forgotten legacy?

October 25, 2016

November 01, 2016

November 08, 2016