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

12-16 November 2012 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone LayerThe preparatory segment of the twenty-fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP-24) opened in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, 12 November 2012.

In the morning, delegates agreed on the agenda and the organization of work and initiated discussions on issues related to exemptions, including essential-use exemptions for 2013 and critical-use exemptions for 2014.

During the afternoon, delegates took up agenda items on: investigation of data discrepancies related to carbon tetrachloride (CTC); proposal on the review by the scientific assessment panel of RC-316C, a recently identified ODS; quarantine and pre-shipment (QPS); and feedstock uses.

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Marco González (left), Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat, supported by Mario Molina (second from right), Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1995, and Bruno Oberle (far right), Secretary of State for the Environment, Switzerland, presented awards to Stephen Andersen (second from left) (US) and Lambert Kuijpers (center) (the Netherlands) for their work as the longest serving co-chairs of the assessment panels.
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The dais during the opening of the Meeting.
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Bruno Oberle, Secretary of State for the Environment, Switzerland
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Co-Chair Ghazi Odat, Jordan
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Marco González, Ozone Secretariat
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Co-Chair Gudi Alkemade, the Netherlands
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Lambert Kuijpers(left), the Netherlands, and Stephen Andersen (right), US, receiving their awards from the Ozone Secretariat.
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A view of the award given to Lambert Kuijpers, the Netherlands, and Stephen Andersen, US.

The preparatory segment of MOP-24 reconvened in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, 13 November 2012. In the morning, delegates discussed proposals on: the clean production of HCFC-22; additional MLF funding to implement the Protocol to maximize the climate benefit of the accelerated phase-out of HCFCs; and funding of production facilities for HCFCs.

During the afternoon and evening, delegates took up, inter alia, amendments to the Montreal Protocol and the proposal on the implications of the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) held earlier this year. Contact groups on the budget, QPS, ODS on ships, alternatives to ODS, feedstocks and TEAP administrative issues met throughout the day.

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A bird’s eye view of the plenary session.
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Agustin Sánchez Guevara, Mexico
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Javier Camargo, Colombia
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The Co-Chairs Ghazi Odat and Gudi Alkemade consulting with Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat.
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Akin Oyateru, Nigeria
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Philippe Chemouny, Canada
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The delegation of India
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Dennis Clare, Federated States of Micronesia
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L-R: Daniel Reifsnyder and John Thompson, US
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Yaqoub Almatouq, Kuwait, during his intervention.
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L-R: Gabi Eigenmann and Blaise Horisberger, Switzerland, consulting during plenary.
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L-R: Franz Perrez, Switzerland, conferring with Alf Wills, South Africa
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L-R: David M. Gravallese and Federico M. San Martini, US
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Delegates during the Contact Group on Feedstocks.

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Translators hard at work.

The preparatory segment of MOP-24 reconvened for its final day on Wednesday, 14 November 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland. In the morning, delegates joined a number of contact and discussion groups on: alternatives to ODS; budget; additional funding for climate benefits; and amendment proposals.

Contact group discussions continued in the afternoon, with discussions on: feedstock uses; TEAP procedural and administrative issues; differences between imports and exports; QPS uses of methyl bromide; and ODS on ships.

Plenary resumed in the evening.

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A view of plenary held during the evening.

Contact Group on “Alternatives to ODSs”
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Philippe Chemouny, Canada
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Cornelius Rhein, EC
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Cindy Newberg, US
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Kevin Khng, Singapore
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The Co-Chairs Annie Gabriel (Australia) and Leslie Dave Smith (Grenada) with the negotiating text in the background.

Budget Committee
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David M. Gravallese (left), US
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L-R: Clarisse Durand, Loïc Viatte and Alessandro Giuliano Peru, EU
Elise Haber, South Africa
Victoria Romero, Mexico
Gabi Eigenmann, Switzerland

Discussion Group on Amendment Proposals
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L-R: Gudi Alkemade (Netherlands), Blaise Horisberger (Switzerland) and Leslie Dave Smith (Grenada)
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L-R: John Thompson, US, Cindy Newberg, US, and A. Duraisamy, India, at informal consultations during the evening plenary.

The high-level segment of MOP-24 opened on Thursday, 15 November 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland. In the morning, delegates met for the opening session of the high-level segment, while others joined contact and discussion groups on: alternatives to ODS; budget; QPS uses of methyl bromide; and evaluation of financial mechanisms.

Contact group discussions resumed in the afternoon on alternatives to ODS, ODS policy information and funding climate benefits. Both the preparatory segment plenary and the high-level segment plenary sessions reconvened in the afternoon.

In the evening, the Swiss Government hosted a reception. The contact group on TEAP procedures met following the reception.

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Delegates enjoying the performance from local musicians prior to the start of the High-Level Segment.
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Doris Leuthard, Minister of Environment, Switzerland
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Marco González, Ozone Secretariat
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The dais at the start of the high-level segment.
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Amina Mohamed, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
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Syanga Abilio, Vice-Minister of Environment, Angola
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Doris Leuthard, Minister of Environment, Switzerland, shaking hand with Syanga Abilio, Vice-Minister of Environment, Angola.
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L-R: Doris Leuthard, Minister of Environment, Switzerland, and Bettina Hitzfeld, Switzerland
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Doris Leuthard, Minister of Environment, Switzerland, being interviewed by the local media.
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Paul Newman, NASA
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Nigel Paul, Environmental Effects Assessment Panel
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Lambert Kuijpers, the Netherlands
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Slide from Lambert Kuijpers’s presentation.
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Jean Omer Beriziky, Prime Minister and Minister of Environment and Forests, Madagascar
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Zhang Lijun, Vice-Minister of Environmental Protection, China
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Daniel Reifsnyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment, Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, US Department of State
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L-R: Philip Owen and Mikkel Aaman Sørensen, EU
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Wylbur Simuusa, Minister of Land, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Zambia
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Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafia, Minister of Environment, Nigeria
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During the afternoon, delegates watched a video about the history of the Montreal Protocol.

The final day of MOP-24 opened on Friday, 16 November 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland. In the morning, delegates met for the high-level segment, while others joined contact and discussion groups on: alternatives to ODS; feedstocks; ODS on ships; funding for climate benefits; TEAP procedures; clean production of HCFC; data discrepancies; and funding production facilities for HCFCs.

Both the preparatory segment plenary and the high-level segment plenary sessions reconvened in the afternoon. The preparatory segment approved a number of decisions to be forwarded to the high-level segment for its consideration.

The closing session of the high-level segment is expected to convene in the evening.

Updates:
*MOP-24 preparatory segment closed at 6:54pm.
*MOP-24 high-level segment plenary resumes at 8:37pm.
*MOP-24 closes at 10:05pm.

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L-R: Ghazi Odat, Jordan, Gudi Alkemade, the Netherlands, and Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat
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Delegates from India consulting with Marco González, Ozone Secretariat.
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EU delegates conferring
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Wylbur Simuusa, Minister of Land, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Zambia, during the adoption of decisions.

High-Level Segment
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Keshab Man Shakya, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Nepal
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Hassan Hilal, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Physical Development, Sudan
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Tiarite George Kwong, Minister of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development, Kiribati
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Abdo Razzaz Saleh, Minister of Water and Environment, Yemen
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Conde Mamady, Deputy Minister of Environment, Guinea
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Demetrio Ignacio, Undersecretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines
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Ana Paulo Samo Gudo, Deputy Minister of Coordination of Environmental Affairs, Mozambique
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Mario Obrdalj, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Environmental And Nature Protection
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Zoila González, Deputy Minister of the Environmental Agency, Dominican Republic
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Ibrahim Matola, Deputy Minister of Environment, Malawi
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Vladan Zdravković, State Secretary, Serbia
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Terezya Huvisa, Minister of State and Environment, Tanzania
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Bernard Madé, Environment Canada
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Alain Bussy Wasso, Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism, Democratic Rebublic of Congo
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Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat, during informal consultations.
Contact Group on Funding for Climate Benefits
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The Co-Chairs of the contact group on Funding for Climate Benefits.
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Delegates at the contact group.
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The negotiating text.
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Condolences book in memory of Angela Cropper, former UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Deputy Executive Director
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The “Broken Chair” sculpture with the Palais des Nations in the background.
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Meeting resources
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*Meeting annotated agenda
*Summary of issues for discussion
*Draft decisions for discussion
*Side events
*Twenty-fifth anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer website
*Twenty-fifth anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer information kit
*Ozone Secretariat website

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Thirty-second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 32), 23-27 July 2012, Bangkok, Thailand (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
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*IISD RS summary and analysis of OEWG 31, 1-5 August 2011, Montreal, Canada (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Twenty-second Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 8-12 November 2010, Bangkok, Thailand
*IISD RS briefing note of OEWG-30, 15-18 June 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Twenty-first meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 4-8 November 2009, Port Ghalib, Egypt
*IISD RS coverage of OEWG-29, 15-18 July 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
*IISD RS coverage of the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP-8) and Twentieth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocolon Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 16-20 November 2008, Doha, Qatar
*IISD RS coverage of the Nineteenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 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 the Eighteenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 30 October - 3 November 2006, New Delhi, India
*IISD RS coverage of COP-7 and the Seventeenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 12-16 December 2005, Dakar, Senegal
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