Seventeenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

12-16 December 2005
| Dakar, Senegal

 Earth Negotiations Bulletin - ENB

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 Tue 13
 Wed 14
Fri 16 &






Highlights from Tuesday, 13 December



On Tuesday, plenary convened in morning and evening sessions, during which delegates discussed, among other issues: process agents; the IPCC/TEAP Special Report on Safeguarding the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate System (IPCC/TEAP Special Report); illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS); and disclosure of interest guidelines for members of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) and other bodies. Contact groups on budgetary issues, essential uses, replenishment of the Multilateral Fund, methyl bromide, process agents and illegal trade in ODS met in the afternoon.

On its draft decision requesting parties to consider listed applications as process agent uses, the EC (center) noted it has undertaken extensive consultations with a number of parties, and expressed hope that agreement could be reached at COP-7/MOP-17. Ian Rae (Australia), Chemicals Technical Options Committee (CTOC) (right), noted applications by Israel , the EC and Turkey.
Alistair McGlone, UK (right)

On illegal trade, the Republic of Korea (left) said that controlling illegal trade is one of the most important issues under the Montreal Protocol. Jean-Louis Wallace, Canada (right), suggested parties empower the Secretariat to formally solicit offers to undertake the feasibility study and to take advantage of synergies with other conventions. He noted Canada 's CD ROM on illegal trade in ODS and a relevant document, “Crossing the border: Opportunities to improve tracking of transboundary hazardous waste shipments in North America” as potentially useful.


Lambert Kuijpers, Co-Chairs of the TEAP's Replenishment Task Force (left), and Japan (right)

During the discussions on illegal trade, Japan underscored the need for capacity building to combat illegal trade, and emphasized the importance of licensing systems.


MBTOC Co-Chair Nahum Marban Mendoza, Mexico (center), said the handbook on critical use nominations is a comprehensive guide to the CUN process. He underscored that standard presumptions for soil and post-harvest treatments used in the previous three rounds of CUNs were incorporated in the Handbook, and that such presumptions should not be applied when not technically or economically feasible.

Nik Kiddle, New Zealand (left), said its draft decision (UNEP/OzL.Pro.17/CRP.11) aims to encourage parties that deploy methyl bromide as a fumigate for quarantine and pre-shipment applications to provide information on technologies and their efficiency to recapture, recycle, destroy or reduce methyl bromide. Steven Andersen, TEAP Co-Chair (right), presented an overview of TEAP administrative issues, and noted nominations for Co-Chairs for CTOC, HTOC and MBTOC, as well as the difficulty in securing funding for participation of non-Article 5 experts.


Contact Groups
Chair of the budget contact group Jean-Louis Wallace, Canada, presented draft decisions on the financial reports and budgets of the Convention and the Protocol, dealing with, inter alia: the 2006-2008 revised budget for the Convention trust fund; the Convention's contribution to be paid by parties for 2006-2008; the drawdown for 2006-2008 from the Convention Fund balance; and the revised 2005 and the proposed 2006 budgets for the Protocol Trust Fund.
The contact group on illegal trade met during afternoon and evening sessions

The contact group on replenishment of the Multilateral Fund was chaired by Oladapo Afolabi (Nigeria), and Jozef Buys (Belgium).

Participants in the contact group on replenishment of the Multilateral Fund:

Left photo: Members of the Multilateral Fund Secretariat (left to right): Eduardo Ganem, Senior Programme Officer, Maria Nolan, Chief Officer, and Andrew Reed, Senior Programme Officer

Husamuddin Ahmadzai, Sweden (left center), facilitated the group on process agents (left) and participants in the process agents group.

Miscellaneous Photos



Montreal Protocol homepage and meeting documents for the 17th Meeting of the Parties
Annotated Provisional Agenda for MOP 17
Technology and Economic Assessment Panel
Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol
UNDP Montreal Protocol Unit
World Bank Group- Montreal Protocol
UNEP OzonAction Programme
UNEP Solvents Technical Options Committee
ENB coverage of the Montreal Protocol
ENB coverage of the 25th OEWG and 2nd Extaordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
ENB Coverage of the 15th Meeting of the Parties
ENB Coverage of the 16th Meeting of the Parties

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