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UNEP Twenty-second Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

8-12 November 2010 | Bangkok, Thailand
Traditional Thai dancing at the opening of the high-level segment at MOP-22.
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Summary of the Meeting
Highlights for Friday, 12 November 2010

Montreal Protocol MOP-22 convened for its final day in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, 12 November 2010.

Throughout the day, delegates convened in plenary to hear statements by heads of delegations as part of the High-level segment. During both the morning and afternoon sessions, the High-level segment was briefly suspended, at which time the Preparatory segment reconvened to approve available decisions for forwarding to the High-level segment.

The contact group on TORs for the evaluation of the financial mechanism also met in an effort to complete its work.
 
An evening plenary was convened, where the High-level segment adopted decisions on: a TEAP report on ODS destruction technologies; budget; ToRs for a TEAP study on replenishment of the financial mechanism; and evaluation of the financial mechanism.
 
MOP-22 President Steven Reeves, UK, gavelled the meeting to a close at 8:11pm.

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Steven Reeves, UK, MOP-22 president
The gavel drops on the Montreal Protocol MOP-22.
Gisela Alonso Dominguez, Cuba
Najibullah Yamin, Afghanistan

Highlights for Thursday, 11 November 2010

Montreal Protocol MOP-22 convened for its fourth day in Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday, 11 November 2010.

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 OSD destruction, QPS uses of methyl bromide, evaluation of the financial mechanism and replenishment of the MLF, an informal group on low-GWP alternatives, and the Budget Committee met throughout the day. 

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Michael Church, Minister of Environment, Grenada, and MOP-21 President, applauded the universal ratification of the Protocol and appealed to the few parties that have not ratified the amendments to do so expeditiously.
Trairong Suwankiri, Deputy Prime Minister, Thailand, opened the high-Level segment of MOP-22.
SAP Co-Chair A.R. Ravishankara, US, emphasized that the SAP findings strengthen its 2004 conclusions that the Montreal Protocol is achieving its objectives.
EEAP Co-Chair Janet Bornman, New Zealand, presented on the EEAP’s findings on links between climate change, ozone depletion and UV radiation.
TEAP Co-Chair Lambert Kuijpers, the Netherlands, presented the preliminary TEAP assessment report, and outlined the content of each TOC report.

Highlights for Wednesday, 10 November 2010

The preparatory segment of MOP-22 convened for its third day in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday, 10 November 2010.

In the morning, delegates participated in contact groups on the ToRs for the evaluation of the financial mechanism and replenishment of the MLF and on ODS destruction.

During the afternoon, the Budget Committee, the contact group on QPS use of methyl bromide and an informal group on low-GWP alternatives to ODS convened.

Plenary reconvened in the evening, where delegates were updated on the progress of contact groups and agreed to forward several decisions to the high-level segment. 

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View of delegates during the Wednesday evening plenary session.
Australian and New Zealand delegates participating in the contact group on QPS use of methyl bromide.
Malaysian delegates participating in the afternoon session of the Budget Committee.

Highlights for Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The preparatory segment of MOP-22 convened for its second day in Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday, 9 November 2010.

In the morning, delegates considered the special situation of Haiti and compliance and reporting issues. The co-chairs also led delegates through a review of the agenda and decisions to be forwarded to the high-level segment.

Plenary was adjourned mid-morning to allow contact groups on QPS, ODS destruction, the ToR for the evaluation of the financial mechanism, as well as the Budget Committee to convene throughout the day.

Plenary reconvened in the evening and heard updates from contact and informal groups. 

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David Omotosho, Nigeria, and Paul Krajnik, Austria, co-chaired a closed contact group on the terms of reference for the evaluation of the financial mechanism and replenishment of the MLF.
ODS destruction contact group Co-Chairs Annie Gabriel, Australia, and Javier Ernesto Camargo Cubillos, Colombia, during a discussion on the need for criteria to verify destruction of ODS.
Robyn Washbourne, New Zealand, co-chaired the contact group on QPS uses of methyl bromide. 
Tri Widayati, Indonesia, co-chaired the contact group on QPS uses of methyl bromide. 
In the Budget Committee, Ives Enrique Gómez Salas, Mexico, discussed upgrading the post of Executive Secretary to the level of Assistant Secretary General.

Highlights for Monday, 8 November 2010

The preparatory segment of the twenty-second Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP-22) began in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday 8 November, 2010.

Delegates heard an opening address by Prepat Vanapitaksa, Director General, Department of Industrial Works, Thailand, who opened the meeting. Throughout the morning plenary session, delegates agreed to the organization of work and initiated discussions on issues related to the financial mechanism, status of HCFCs blended in polyols, environmentally sound management (ESM) of banks of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and membership of Montreal Protocol bodies for 2011.

During the afternoon plenary, delegates considered the proposals to amend the Protocol to include HFCs. Contact groups on the financial mechanism and ODS destruction met during the evening 

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Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat, suggested that the focus of parties shift to proposals for the phase-out of HCFCs.
Prapat Vanapitaksa, Director General, Department of Industrial Works, Thailand, praised parties for making the Montreal Protocol the first multilateral environmental agreement with universal membership. 
Preparatory Segment Co-chair Fresnel Díaz (Venezuela) asked regional groups to submit their nominations for membership of Montreal Protocol bodies as soon as possible.
Preparatory Segment Co-chair Martin Sirois (Canada) expected there would be a need for multiple contact groups to undertake the necessary substantive discussions at the meeting.
The view of Bangkok outside the venue.

Related Links
UNEP resources
*Meeting web site and official documents
*Annotated agenda
*Issues for discussion by and information for the attention of MOP-22 (UNEP/OzL.Pro.22/2* and UNEP/OzL.Pro.22/2/Add.1)
*Draft decisions for the consideration of the Twenty-Second Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
*Background information about the Protocol and the Ozone Regime
*Information Kit September 2010
*UNEP OzonAction Programme

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS briefing note of the Thirtieth Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG-30) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 15-18 June 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of MOP-21, 4-8 November 2009, Port Ghalib, Egypt
*IISD RS coverage of OEWG-29, 15-18 July 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
*IISD RS coverage of MOP-20, 16-20 November 2008, Doha, Qatar
*IISD RS coverage of MOP-19, 17-21 September 2007, Montréal, Canada
*IISD RS summary and analysis of OEWG-26, 3-6 July 2006, Montréal, 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
*IISD RS archive of meetings on climate change, and backgrounder
*Climate-L - A mailing list for news on climate change policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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