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Thirteenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal
Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - 16-19 October 2001
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Highlights for Wednesday, 17 October

On the second and final day of the preparatory segment of MOP-13, delegates met in Plenary sessions to finalize draft decisions on, inter alia: production of CFCs for metered-dose inhalers (MDIs); monitoring of international trade and prevention of illegal trade in ODS; process agents; and compliance issues. In the afternoon, ministers from Article 5 Parties convened informally to discuss implementation challenges.

The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, site of MOP-13.
A shuttle bus carrying delegates through the decorated entrance of the conference centre.
   
Maria Nolan (UK), President of the Implementation Committee, introduced draft decisions submitted by the Implementation Committee on compliance issues (UNEP/OzL.Pro.13/CRP.12). The first draft decision addressed Article 5 Parties who had not submitted data for the initial CFC consumption freeze control period (1 July 1999 to 30 June 2000) and cautioned that measures would be applied if they failed to comply in the future. Other draft decisions addressed the staus of other Parties' status of non-compliance
Implementation Committee,
on data reporting and Parties in non-compliance
   
Press Conference:  
     
Above: scenes from the lunch-time press conference.
From left to right:
Michael Graber, Deputy Executive Secretary and Officer-in-Charge, Ozone Secretariat; Milton Catelin, Co-Chair of the Prepatory Segment of MOP-13; a representative of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Transport & Environment (Minister Dinesh Gunewardana was himself unable to attend); P.V. Jayakrishnan, Co-Chair of the Prepatory Segment of MOP-13; and Omar El-Arini, Chief Officer of the Multilateral Fund.

Side-event: Smuggling of CFC's in South Asia  

The Environmental Investigation Agency screened its latest documentary, which details the illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS) into India from Nepal and Bangladesh. Using hidden cameras, EIA investigators exposed the techniques and companies involved in moving CFCs across the Indian border. EIA insisted that this type of illegal trade is not limited to any one region of the world, and could undermine the achievements of the Montreal Protocol.

Another contribution of the EIA to MOP-13 is its recently-published report entitled Unfinished Business: The Continued Illegal Trade in Ozone-Depleting Substances and the Threat Posed to the Montreal Protocol Phase-out.

Right: Julian Newman, EIA Senior Investigator, responds to questions during the EIA's side-event

More information: http://www.eia-international.org/Campaigns/Ozone/

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