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Twenty-ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG-29)

15-18 July 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland
Highlights for Thursday, 16 July 2009
Ozone Secretariat staff distributing laptops to delegates for the meeting. OEWG-29 continues the “paperless meeting” tradition set at MOP-20, with all documents and conference room papers (CRPs) available through the UNEP intranet.
 
Daily Highlights
Wednesday, 15 July - Thursday, 16 July - Friday, 17 July - Saturday, 18 July

On Thursday morning, 16 July 2009, OEWG-29 began discussions on the environmentally sound destruction of banks of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and on high global warming potential (GWP) alternatives to ODS, including on proposed amendments to the Protocol on these issues submitted by Mauritius and the Federated States of Micronesia. After a general exchange of views, delegates formed contact groups to continue detailed discussion.

During the afternoon plenary session, delegates considered a submission by Brazil, on behalf of GRULAC, on institutional strengthening, as well as a submission from Sweden, on behalf of the EU, on the treatment of stockpiled ODS relative to compliance. Delegates agreed to continue discussions informally.

The contact group on matters related to CFC-based MDIs met in the morning to continue its work.
Laura Berón, Argentina, presented a summary report by the Co-Chairs of the workshop for a dialogue on high-GWP ODS alternatives held on Tuesday, 14 July.
Mauritius presented a proposal to amend the Montreal Protocol to facilitate the control of HFCs, submitted jointly with the Federated States of Micronesia.
Annie Gabriel, Australia, presented a summary report by the Co-Chairs of the workshop on the management and destruction of ODS banks and the implications for climate change, held on Monday, 13 July.
The Federated States of Micronesia presented a proposal to amend the Montreal Protocol to collect and destroy ODS banks, submitted jointly with Mauritius.

Daily Highlights
Wednesday, 15 July - Thursday, 16 July - Friday, 17 July - Saturday, 18 July
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