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Twenty-first meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

4-8 November 2009 | Port Ghalib, Egypt

Summary of the Meeting

UNEPSunday, 8 November 2009

The high level segment of MOP-21 convened for its final day in Port Ghalib, Egypt on Sunday 8 November, 2009.

During the morning plenary, delegates heard statements by heads of delegations in plenary. The preparatory segment was then reconvened to approve available decisions for forwarding to the high level segment.

Contact groups on methyl bromide, high GWP alternatives and essential uses convened throughout the day in an effort to complete their work.

The contact group on high GWP alternatives completed its work in the early evening. At this time the preparatory segment reconvened to consider decisions on halons and HCFCs. These were forwarded to the high level segment which adopted decisions on, inter alia: HCFCs; halons, methyl bromide, institutional strengthening, budget, evaluation of the financial mechanism, and essential uses.

MOP-21 President Church gavelled the meeting to a close at 9:05pm.

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Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat with
Javier Camargo
, Colombia.
France Jacovella, Canada
David Sullivan, US
A. Duraisamy, India
Xingxian Xia, China
Saturday, 7 November 2009

The high level segment of MOP-21 convened for its first day in Port Ghalib, Egypt on Saturday, 7 November 2009.
In the morning, delegates attended the opening of the high level segment. Delegates then convened in plenary throughout the day to hear presentations by heads of delegations.
Contact groups on destruction, methyl bromide, high GWP alternatives, the MLF, and budget met throughout the day, and into the evening. 

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L-R: Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; Paul Horwitz, Deputy Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; Róbert Tóth, Hungary, President, MOP-20; Maged George, Minister for Environmental Affairs, Egypt; and Rapporteur Ir Sulistyowati, Indonesia.
H.E. Abdullah bin Mubarak bin Aaboud al-Midhadi, Minister of Environment, Qatar
Michael Church, Grenada, MOP 21 President
Paul Newman, Scientific Assessment Panel

Friday, 6 November 2009

The preparatory segment of MOP-21 convened for its third day in Port Ghalib, Egypt on Friday, 6 November 2009.
During the day delegates convened in consecutive contact groups on environmentally sound destruction of ODS banks, issues related to methyl bromide, high-GWP alternatives, the Multilateral Fund, budget, and critical use exemptions, in attempt to make progress on substantive matters. 
Delegates reconvened in plenary in the evening to consider draft decisions for forwarding to the high level segment.


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The high GWP alternatives session was co-chaired by Laura Berón, Argentina, and Mikkel Sørensen, Denmark.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

The preparatory segment of MOP-21 convened for its second day in Port Ghalib, Egypt, on Thursday, 5 November 2009.
During the morning delegates convened in plenary and discussed essential use exemptions, methyl bromide related issues, and other issues arising from the TEAP report.
During the afternoon, delegates convened in contact groups on destruction of ODS banks, the Multilateral Fund (MLF), and high global warming potential (GWP) alternatives. 
Delegates reconvened in plenary in the evening and continued discussion on compliance and data related issues, and the introduction of a proposed decision by Colombia on destruction.


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John Thompson, US, noted the need for an adequate supply of CFCs for metered-dose inhalers for Article 5 and non-Article 5 countries.
Co-Chair Martin Sirois introduced the agenda items on amendments to the handbook on essential use nominations.
Thomas Verheye, EU, discussed nominations for critical-use exemptions for 2010 and 2011.
Participants watched a cartoon that simplified elements of the Montreal Protocol during a side event organised by UNEP.
Youth participated in a quiz related to the Montreal Protocol.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

The preparatory segment of the twenty-first Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP-21) began in Port Ghalib, Egypt, on Wednesday 4 November, 2009.
Delegates heard an opening address by Maged George, Minister for Environmental Affairs, Egypt, and heard introductions from proponents of the proposed amendments to the Montreal Protocol that include phase-down of HFCs. Throughout the morning plenary session delegates exchanged views on the proposals. 
During the afternoon plenary, delegates considered a draft decision on the evaluation of the Multilateral Fund, and a proposed decision by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) on institutional strengthening. Both issues were deferred to a contact group. Delegates also heard a final analysis of the task force of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) on the environmentally sound management of banks of ozone-depleting substances (ODS).  

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L-R: Co-Chair Martin Sirois, Canada, with Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat.

Mohanmmed Al-Sahafi, Saudi Arabia
Daniel Reifsnyder, US
Romina Paola Bocache, Argentina
Faisal bin Ali Gaber, Yemen

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The entrance to the International Convention Centre in Port Ghalib, Egypt.
 

 

L-R: Cecilia Mercado and Stephan Sicars, Secretariat of the Multilateral Fund

Related Links

Montreal Protocol Related Links
Meeting webpage and official documents
Background information about the Protocol and the Ozone Regime
Annotated agenda
Issues for Discussion and Information (1 - 2)

Draft decisions and amendments (1 - 2)
UNEP OzonAction Programme
The Multilateral Fund

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IISD RS coverage of the MOP-20, 16-20 November 2008, Doha, Qatar
IISD RS coverage of the MOP-19, 17-21 September 2007, Montreal, Canada
IISD RS summary and analysis of OEWG-26, 3-6 July 2006, Montreal, Canada (English: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of MOP-18, 30 October - 3 November 2006, New Delhi, India
IISD RS coverage of MOP-17 and Seventh Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, 12-16 December 2005, Dakar, Senegal
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