Venue: Conference Centre Varembé (CCV), 9-11 rue de Varembé, Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting will be opened at 10 a.m. on Monday, 15 October 2012. Registration will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, 14 October; and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on meeting days. In addition, informal pre-meetings to review intersessional work will be held on Sunday, 14 October 2012. The informal pre-meetings will start at 10 a.m. for members only and at 13:30 for members and observers. The working languages of the meeting will be Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The meeting will be paperless: printed documents will not be available, all pre-session documents will be made available on the Convention website and in-session documents will be circulated electronically via a wireless intranet. Highlights: The POPRC will meet in October 2012 to review chemicals proposed for listing in Annexes A, B, and/or C to the Convention and to undertake tasks assigned to it by the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention. The Committee will consider draft risk profiles of chlorinated naphthalenes, hexachlorobutadiene, a revised draft risk profile of short-chained chlorinated paraffins, and further consider its recommendation to the COP on listing of hexabromocyclododecane. The Committee will also discuss assessment of alternatives to endosulfan, DDT, and PFOS in open applications, climate change and POPs, evaluation of brominated diphenyl ethers and PFOS, its salts and PFOSF, work in collaboration with other scientific bodies and effective participation of parties in the Committee’s work.