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Twentieth Meeting of the Parties to
the Montreal Protocol and Eighth Meeting
of the Conference of the Parties to the
Vienna Convention

16-20 November 2008 | Doha, Qatar

Highlights for Wednesday, 19 November 2008
The city of Doha.

The high level segment of COP-8 to the Vienna Convention and MOP-20 to the Montreal Protocol convened for its first day in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday, 19 November, 2008.

In the morning, delegates attended the opening of the high level segment and heard opening addresses by Abdullah bin Mubarak bin Aaboud al-Midhadi, Minister of Environment, Qatar, and MOP-19 President, as well as Djibo Leyti Ka, Minister of State in charge of the Environment, the Protection of Nature, Retention Basins and Artificial Lakes, Senegal.

Delegates also heard presentations from the Assessment Panels and the Multilateral Fund. Ministers and heads of delegation then made national statements.

Contact groups on destruction, methyl bromide, replenishment and essential use MDI and campaign production convened in parallel throughout the day. 

Delegates during the opening session of the high level segment.
Plenary Session
 
Delegates elected Róbert Tóth, Hungary, as MOP-20 President, and he co-chaired the high level segment.
Patali Ranawaka, Minister for Environment, Sri Lanka, was elected as COP-7 President, and co-chaired the high level segment.
Djibo Leity Ka, Minister of Environment, Senegal, and the President of the Bureau of COP 7 of the Vienna Convention, said major activities in the last three years included strengthening of ozone monitoring and research networks.
H.E. Jesca Eriyo, Minister of State for Environment, Uganda.
Abdukarim Kurbonov, Tajikistan.
L-R: A.R. Ravishankara, India; Jan van der Leun, Co-Chair Environmental Effects Assessment Panel; and Lambert Kuijpers, TEAP Co-Chair.
Batilda Burian, Minister of State for Environment, Tanzania.
Hilda Espinoza, Nicaragua.
Jayne Beggs, New Zealand.
Nexhati Jakupi, Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, Macedonia.
Around the conference
Delegates consulting informally.
The delegation from the Holy See.
Namibia accessing the Earth Negotiations Bulletin online during the "paperless" meeting.
Delegates prior to the opening session of the high level segment.
L-R: Róbert Tóth, Hungary; Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; H.E. Patali Ranawaka, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Sri Lanka; A.R. Ravishankara, India; Jan van der Leun, EEAP Co-Chair; and Lambert Kuijpers, TEAP Co-Chair.
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IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of MOP-19, 17-21 September 2007, Montreal, Canada
IISD RS summary report of the Twenty-sixth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG-26) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 3-6 July 2006, Montreal, Canada (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of MOP-18, Delhi, India, 30 October - 3 November 2006

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IISD RS coverage of MOP-16, 22-26 November 2004, Prague, Czech Republic
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