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11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 11) and 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 29)

20-24 November 2017 | Headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Montreal, Canada

Highlights for Thursday, 23 November 2017

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High-Level Segment of COP 11/MOP 29 opened with a traditional Mohawk dance

Montreal Protocol 30th AnniversaryThe High-Level Segment (HLS) of the twenty-ninth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP 29) and the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention (COP 11) opened on Thursday, 23 November 2017, in Montreal, Canada.

In the morning, plenary heard statements from dignitaries, watched a cultural performance, and took part in a ministerial roundtable entitled “Montreal Protocol at 30—Identifying Future Opportunities and Priorities.”

Plenary reconvened in the afternoon and delegates took part in a science panel entitled “The Scientific Foundation of the Montreal Protocol: Past, Present and Future.” They then heard statements from heads of delegation.

The Budget Committee, the contact groups on data reporting, energy efficiency, and the Multilateral Fund (MLF) Replenishment, as well as the informal discussions on safety standards and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) not listed in Annex F met during the course of the day.

In the evening, delegates were invited to attend the Ozone Awards Ceremony, honoring those who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and contribution to the progress and achievements of the Montreal Protocol over the past 10 years. A reception, hosted by the Government of Canada and the Ozone Secretariat, was held thereafter.

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High-Level Segment

L-R: Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada; Sydney Alexander Samuels Milson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala and COP 10 President; Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda and MOP 28 President; Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment; and Megumi Seki, Deputy Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat


Sydney Alexander Samuels Milson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala and COP 10 President

Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda and MOP 28 President


Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada

Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment



L-R: Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat; Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; Marc D'Iorio, Canada, COP 11 President; Yaqoub Almatouq, Kuwait, MOP 29 President; and Megumi Seki, Deputy Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat;


Marc D'Iorio, Canada, COP 11 President

Yaqoub Almatouq, Kuwait, MOP 29 President



Peter Christian, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)



L-R: Khachik Hakobyan, Deputy Minister of Nature Protection, Armenia; Meelis Münt, Deputy Minister of Environment, Estonia; Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda; Sydney Alexander Samuels Milson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala; Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada; Leyla Acaroglu, UN Environment Champion of the Earth 2016 and Moderator; Abdulla Ziyad, Minister of State, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Maldives; Zoila González de Gutíerrez, Deputy Minister of Environment, Dominican Republic; C. K. Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, India; Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment


Meelis Münt, Deputy Minister of Environment, Estonia

Zoila González de Gutíerrez, Deputy Minister of Environment, Dominican Republic


Abdulla Ziyad, Minister of State, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Maldives

C. K. Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change, India


Kael Knechtel, Youth Representative, Canada

Xavier Sticker, Ambassador for the Environment, France

Science Panel on Ozone Layer Depletion and Recovery


Mona Nemer
, Chief Science Advisor, Canada



L-R: Vitali Fioletov, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Nathan Gillett, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Amanda Maycock, Leeds University, UK; Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor, Canada; Guus Velders, Utrecht University, the Netherlands; and Anne Thompson, National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center, US


Amanda Maycock, Leeds University, UK

Anne Thompson, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, US

Statements by Head of Delegation

Azizan Ahmad, Secretary-General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia

Mohamed Mubarak Bin Daina, Chief Executive, the Supreme Council for Environment, Bahrain


Mitzi Gurgel Valente da Costa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil

Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection, China

COP 11/MOP 29 Snapshots

L-R:Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada, with Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection, China, and Xia Yingxian, China



Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada, with delegates from countries that ratified the Kigali Amendment








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