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19th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
(MOP-19)

17-21 September 2007
Montreal, Canada



Summary report of the 20th Anniversary Seminar of the Montreal Protocol "Celebrating 20 years of Progress"

Highlights from Friday, 21 September

11:02 pm: MOP-19 President Khalid Al-Ali gavels the meeting to a close

Above photo: Former Executive Secretary K. Madhava Sarma, Chief Officer of the Multilateral Fund Maria Nolan, Sateeaved Seebaluck, Mauritius, and Judy Beaumont, South Africa

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9:35 pm: Landmark agreement reached on HCFC adjustments

7:15 pm: HCFC Contact Group still meeting... Plenary still scheduled for 9:00 pm

6:00 pm: Preparatory Segment postponed until 9:00 pm pending the conclusion of the HCFCs Contact Group

 
High Level Segment: Statements by heads of delegations
 
 
Executive Secretary Marco Gonzalez and MOP-19 President Khalid Al-Ali, Qatar
 

Esteban Vega Ugalde, Ecuador (left), stressed the need for sustained funding to accelerate HCFC phase-out. W.L. Sumathipala, Sri Lanka (right), highlighted the need for viable alternatives to meet the challenge of HCFC phase-out.

 

 

David Kantor, Greenpeace, called on parties to ensure that HCFCs are not replaced by hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which have high global warming potential.
 
 

Didier Coulomb, International Institute of Refrigeration, emphasized that environmentally-friendly refrigerants have been developed. He stressed that any decision on refrigerants should differentiate between industrial and non-industrialized countries and that cooperation and funding are vital to transfer technologies.

 
 

Luca Lorusso, Holy See (left), presented a statement by Pope Benedict XVI to the delegates at MOP-19. Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat. Pakistan (right), supported increased multilateral funding to transform industries to ozone friendly technologies and alternatives.

 
 
Executive Secretary Gonzalez with delegates (left) and former Executive Secretary K. Madhava Sarma, Chief Officer of the Multilateral Fund Maria Nolan, Sateeaved Seebaluck, Mauritius, and Judy Beaumont, South Africa (right)
 
Afternoon Preparatory Segment
 
 
Marco Gonzalez with Preparatory Segment Co-Chairs Marcia Levaggi and Mikkel Sorensen
 

Judy Beaumont, South Africa (left), presents the draft decision on eligibility of South Africa for financial assistance from the Multilateral Fund. Alessandro Guiliano-Peru, Italy, reported on the results of the budget contact group.

 
 

Tom Land, US, said it wasgratified by efficiency of Secretariat and said that the leadership of Pierre Pinault and the good will of the group allowed us to merge US and EU proposals and reach agreement. Marcus Wandinger, European Commission, said that he appreciates work of the MBTOC,and the group followed their recommendations.

 
Evening Preparatory Segment
 
 
A "thumbs up" and applause after adoption of the HCFC adjustment decision
 
 
Maas Goote, HCFC Contact Group Co-Chair (left), presents the draft decision on HCFC adjustments to the Preparatory Segment; China (right) said they had "complex emotions" regarding the HCFC adjustment, stressing the importance of this achievement while expressing concern about the significant effectsi it will have on their economy.
 
 
High-Level Segment Closing Plenary
 
 
Transitioning from the Preparatory to the High-Level Segment
 
 
The Russian Federation (above) emphasized his desire for compromise and constructive cooperation on the HCFC phase-out, and congratulated delegates.
 
 
Waleed Mohd. Al-Emadi, Qatar (right), presented his country's offer to host MOP-20 in Doha in 2008
 
 
Canadian Environment Minister John Baird described the agreement as a historic achievement for ozone protection and the fight against global warming.
 
 
 
 
 
TEAP Champion, Innovators and Partners Awards
 
 
TEAP members at the dinner table
 
 
Green Customs Initiative received an award for their efforts to track trade in relevant substances (left) and Bruce Cox, Executive Director of Greenpeace Canada, receives the award for Greenpeace International
 
TEAP members pose for a group shot after receiving their awards (Photo: Environment Canada)
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 
 
 
 
 
 
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