Seventeenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

12-16 December 2005
| Dakar, Senegal

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Highlights from Thursday, 15 December

Senegalese Prime Minister Macky Sall presents a certificate of appreciation to Executive Secretary Marco González for the support given to African countries by UNEP through the work of the Ozone Secretariat, the Secretariat of the Multilateral Fund and the Ozone Action Programme

 

COP-7/MOP-17's high-level segment began Thursday morning with opening statements, election of officers, adoption of the agenda and organization of work, and presentations by assessment panels and other bodies. In the afternoon, the high-level segment heard statements from senior officials and heads of delegation. The preparatory segment reconvened in the afternoon to continue its work on outstanding issues, including methyl bromide, essential-use nominations and illegal trade in ozone depleting substances (ODS). Various contact groups and informal consultations convened throughout the day.

 
Opening of the High Level Segment
 
Prime Minister Macky Sall enters the conference hall
 
A children's choir and drummers opened the high-level segment
 
 
 
 
Mayor of Dakar Pape Diop (left) underscored that social and economic development must be coupled with environmental protection, and highlighted Senegal's efforts to achieve this goal. Macky Sall, Senegal's Prime Minister (right) , commended the spirit of solidarity that has led to the ozone regime's success, and highlighted the fund on technical assistance and research and Multilateral Fund replenishment as key financing priorities at COP-7/MOP-17.
 

 
Marco González, Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat (left), emphasized much remains to be done, in particular in developing countries, and noted the relevance of Multilateral Fund replenishment to support this. Bakary Kante, UNEP, noted the efforts of Senegal and other African countries in combating ozone depletion, emphasizing the burden of global environmental threats on countries with fragile economies. He commended those involved in the the IPCC/TEAP Special Report on Safeguarding the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate System (IPCC/TEAP Special Report). Claudia McMurray, President of the Bureau of the Vienna Convention (right), said the achievements of the Convention and Protocol have largely resulted from strong scientific consensus.
 

Awards ceremony
 
 

Michael Williams, UNEP (right), presented awards to individuals for contributing to ozone layer protection.

 

 
Award winnners Xiaoyan Tang, China (left) and Pieter Aucamp, South Africa (right)
 

 
Award winners Ayité-Lô Ajavon, Togo (left), and Jan van der Leun, the Netherlands (right)
 
 

Special awards for Omar El-Arini, the first Chief Executive Officer of the Multilateral Fund (left) and Madhava Sarma, Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat from 1991-2000.

 
 

Madhava Sarma, Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat from 1991-2000, stressed current challenges to ozone layer protection, including: maintaining the international community's interest until full phase-out; increasing use of exemptions by developed countries, which may involve a significant amount of ODS and may discourage Article 5 parties in their efforts to implement ODS control measures; preventing illegal trade in ODS; increasing HCFC production in Article 5 countries; potential greenhouse gas emissions from ODS alternatives; and preserving the independence of the assessment panels.


Organizational matters and presentations
Marco González with outgoing MOP President Alan Flores, Costa Rica (left) and with incoming MOP President Tom Land, US (right)
 
 
Incoming MOP President Tom Land and outgoing MOP President Alan Flores (left)
 
 
 
 

Ayité-Lô Ajavon, Scientific Assessment Panel Co-Chair (right), presented the 2006 Scientific Assessment, outlining the contents of the assessment's first draft.

 
 
Paul Krajnik, Chair of the Multilateral Fund's Executive Committee (left), presented the Committee's report for 2005 (UNEP/OzL.Pro.17/9), noting it was a groundbreaking and very effective year for the Fund. José Pons, TEAP Co-Chair, presented a summary of its 2005 work and plans for 2006, noting the work of the Technical Options Committees (TOCs) and task forces. Jan van der Leun, Environmental Effects Assessment Panel Co-Chair (right), presented the Panel's 2005 progress report on the environmental effects of ozone depletion and its interaction with climate change. He said while ozone recovery is noticeable in the mid-latitudes, recovery in the polar regions will take considerably more time.

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Montreal Protocol homepage and meeting documents for the 17th Meeting of the Parties
Annotated Provisional Agenda for MOP 17
Technology and Economic Assessment Panel
Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protcol
UNDP Montreal Protocol Unit
World Bank Group- Montreal Protocol
UNEP OzonAction Programme
UNEP Solvents Technical Options Committee
ENB coverage of the Montreal Protocol
ENB coverage of the 25th OEWG and 2nd Extaordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
ENB Coverage of the 15th Meeting of the Parties
ENB Coverage of the 16th Meeting of the Parties

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