The flags of Burkina Faso and the United Nations flying over
the Ouaga2000 conference center.
On the second day of the preparatory segment of
MOP-12, delegates considered draft decisions on the prevention of illegal
trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and equipment containing ODS,
and on process agents. They also heard the report of the Implementation
Committee and considered the draft decisions it proposed. Parties also
raised other matters. The contact groups on the phase-out schedule for
HCFCs for developing countries, the transition from CFC-based MDIs and
budgetary matters continued to meet, reporting back to Plenary.
to the main building of Ouaga2000, where the conference is taking place. A
second building houses secretariat functions and additional meeting rooms.
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Canada supported Poland and others in a revised draft decision on monitoring of international trade and the prevention of illegal trade in ODS and ODS-containing products.
Co-Chair Catelin was able to proceed through much of the day's work in the morning session, allowing delegates to recess and break into contact groups for several hours in the afternoon.
During the break between segments, delegates schedule rooms for the next day.
Everton Vargas (Brazil) reported on the progress of the contact group on
the HCFC phase-out schedule for developing countries (Article 5
Parties), noting that the role of
the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel ( TEAP) study remains unclear.
Tom Batchelor (European Commission) presented a draft decision on
facilitating the transition to CFC-free meter-dosed inhalers (MDIs).
Co-Chair Ashe met bilaterally with
Japan over a provision in a draft decision on financial matters
regarding MOP host countries' financial obligation. The issue was deferred
to the high-level segment.
Cuba called delegates' attention to a meeting of the Bureau to the Vienna Convention, which met to discuss problems in
funding implementation of COP Decision V/3 regarding capacity building for ozone monitoring and research in developing countries.
Participants at an information fair describe an apparatus to recycle CFC gases from heating and air conditioning systems.
The conference center lies off a street that, at noon,
is used only by children on a walk.
The main entrance of Oaga2000.
Buses are available to transport delegates to and from the meetings, but during
sessions the parking lot is largely empty.