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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
Highlights for Monday, 23 July2012
Thirty-second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

On Monday, 23 July 2012, the thirty-second session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 32) was opened by OEWG Co-Chair Ghazi Odat (Jordan). Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat, drew attention to the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol in September 2012. After an address from Pongthep Jaru-ampornpan, Deputy Director General, Department of Industrial Works, Ministry of Industry, Thailand, González presented a plaque to the Government of Thailand commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, and appreciating Thailand’s ongoing efforts to implement the Protocol. 

In the morning, participants heard the 2012 Progress Report of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP). In the afternoon, delegates heard reports, and broached discussions, on issues related to exemptions and to the treatment of ozone-depleting substances used to service ships.

A report on the evaluation of the financial mechanism of the Montreal Protocol was also presented to the working group. 

UNCC in Bangkok, Thailand.
Thailand receives a plaque celebrating Thailand’s commitment to the Montreal Protocol. L-R: OEWG 32 Co-Chairs Ghazi Odat, Jordan, and Gudi Alkemade, the Netherlands; Pongthep Jaru-ampornpan, Thailand Ministry of Industry; and Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat.
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UNCC in Bangkok, Thailand.
Delegates heard a progress report from TEAP. L-R: Chemical Technical Options Committee (CTOC) Co-Chairs Ian Rae, Australia and Biao Jiang, China; TEAP Co-Chair  Stephen Andersen, US; Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee (MBTOC) Co-Chair Mohamed Besri, Morocco; and Medical Technical Options Committee (MTOC) Co-Chairs Helen Tope, Australia, and Ashley Woodcock, United Kingdom.
UNCC in Bangkok, Thailand.
Delegates at the opening ceremony watched two public service announcements developed by UNEP OzonAction to mark the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. These short videos on "Ozone Safe Generation" introduce the Montreal Protocol's role in fostering the recovery of the ozone layer and also highlight the multiple benefits arising from the Protocol, including positive impacts to biodiversity, climate, health and the economy. (These videos have been posted online as part of the OzonAction YouTube 25th Anniversary special playlist.)
UNCC in Bangkok, Thailand.
Balloons commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol decorated the plenary room.
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*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Twenty-ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 15-18 July 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS archive of Montréal Protocol meetings, and backgrounder
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