25th Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol and Second Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties 

27 June  - 1 July 2005, Montreal, Canada 

 

 


 

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Highlights for Friday, 1 July 2005


Delegates to the Second Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (ExMOP-2) met in Plenary on Friday, beginning at 10 am. Following introductory remarks by ExMOP-2 President Allan Flores Moya (Costa Rica), Executive Secretary Gonzales welcomed participants on behalf of UNEP Executive Director, Klaus Töpfer, and highlighted the purpose of the ExMOP-2 and the work to be completed. Delegates then heard a statement from Canada on Canada Day celebrations. Subsequently, President Moya, opened the meeting, and the agenda was adopted. MBTOC Co-Chair Jonathan Banks presented MBTOC’s final report on 2006 CUNs, and delegates discussed the President’s proposed decision on critical-use exemptions for 2006, which was adopted without amendment. After brief statements from the Parties, ExMOP-2 closed at 11:42 am.


Above photo L-R: The dais during the session of the Second Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (ExMOP-2) with Megumi Seki (Ozone Secretariat), Allan Flores Moya, ExMOP-2 President, Executive Secretary Gonzales and Rodica Ella Morohoi (Romania), Rapporteur.

 


OPENING OF THE MEETING

 

 

Opening the ExMOP on Friday, 1 July 2005, ExMOP President Moya (above center) welcomed participants, provided an overview of the purpose of the meeting, and noted that the informal consultations he had requested prior to the meeting had proved to be extremely useful, and had resulted in a draft decision for consideration. 

Executive Secretary Marco Gonzales (above left) then welcomed participants on behalf of UNEP Executive Director, Klaus Töpfer. After summarizing the purpose of the ExMOP-2, he then urged participants to step back from issues in the methyl bromide process and consider what has been achieved through the Montreal Protocol. He noted that there was no doubt of Parties’ commitment to finding alternatives to methyl bromide, even for its vital uses, that large reductions in the use of methyl bromide have already been achieved, and that the methyl bromide reduction curve is much stepper than that for MDIs. He stressed the need to avoid complacency, as the ODP of methyl bromide will be eliminated if work continues.

Barry Stemshorn (Canada)(above right), then thanked those who were involved in the preparatory work for this meeting, and invited participants to share in Canada Day activities that night.

 

ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS 

President Moya then introduced, and delegates adopted, the provisional agenda without amendment. Participants then supported the organization of work, as presented.

 

REVIEW OF CRITICAL USE NOMINATIONS FOR METHYL BROMIDE FOR 2006

MBTOC Co-Chair Jonathan Banks presented MBTOC’s final report on 2006 CUNs involved in Section III to Annex 1 to decision XVI/2 and those that MBTOC was previously “unable to assess,” including a summary of the CUNs made, and the process and standard presumptions used by MBTOC in assessing them. Assessments were done on a case-by-case basis, with bilateral meetings where requested, included one field visit to a key methyl bromide-using region, and used the same standard assumptions as in the first round of CUNs in 2004. He then noted that the total CUNs made by Parties in 2006 were now 15541 tons, 13466 tons of which MBTOC was recommending. He then stated that detailed information on each of these issues could be found in the TEAP report.

 

 


The President then presented the proposed decision on the supplemental CUNs that came out of the extensive informal negotiations that took place between the US, the EC, and nine other Parties throughout the week. After comments from Syria and Bangladesh, the decision was adopted without amendment.

Above photos L-R: MBTOC Co-Chair Jonathan Banks; Jafar Ahmed Chowdhury (Bangladesh); Khaled Klaly (Syria); John Thompson and 
Claudia McMurray
(US)




CONSIDERATION OF THE REPORT

The meeting report was adopted, with the Parties entrusting the Secretariat to complete the report. 

CLOSURE OF THE MEETING

Parties then made closing statements, and
ExMOP-2 President Allan Flores Moya (Costa Rica) (left) gaveled the meeting to a close at 
11:42 am.

 

 

 

 

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