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Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
Twenty-second Meeting (OEWG-22)

Montreal, Canada | 23 - 25 July 2002

Highlights for Wednesday,  24 July 2002

Delegates met in plenary throughout the day and convened a contact group on illegal  trade in ozone depleting substances (ODS) to develop draft decisions. Delegates also heard  reports on the Fixed-Exchange-Rate Mechanism, Implementation Committee, and Assessment of the Funding Requirements for the Multilateral Fund Replenishment. In the afternoon delegates continued plenary discussions on the agenda items. Above photo: Marco Gonzalez, Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary in discussion with secretariat staff.


Omar El-Arini (left), Chief Officer (Multilateral Fund Secretariat) introduced Anthony Brough (right), consultant to the Multilateral Fund Secretariat who presented the final report on the implementation of the fixed-exchange-rate mechanism (UNEP/OzL.Pro/WG/22/5). 

Mustapha Kleiche (France) suggested using the Euro as the reference currency. 

UK recommended that Parties consider bids from other organizations interested in acting as Fund Treasurer, since UNEP will no longer provide this service for free. Left photo: Adrian Davis (UK)

The Committee suggested that the Secretariat: send letters recognizing the achievement of those in compliance; request more information from Parties whose status is under review; and request Parties with data deviating from compliance schedules to submit explanations and attend the next Implementation Committee meeting.
TEAP REPORT: Assessment of the Funding Requirements for the Multilateral Fund Replenishment for the Period 2003-2005 (TEAP Report/April 2002/Volume 2)

The report assessed the funding required to meet the ODS control schedules for 2003-2005 (and also for 2007 in the case of CFCs due to the duration of projects), including investments in ODS consumption and production sectors, non-investment projects, administrative costs of the implementing agencies, project preparation costs and the operating costs of the Secretariat and Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund. 
Left photo L-R: Listen to the TEAP report as presented by Roberto Peixoto, Laszlo Dobo, Shiqui Zhang, and Lambert Kuijpers

Jukka Uosukainen (Finland), Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Replenishment, also speaking on behalf of Co-Chair Benedicto Fonseca (Brazil), addressed procedural issues for the run-up to MOP-14.  He said that the aim of the Plenary discussion was to allow open and transparent debate among all Parties

Georgia, on behalf of several Article 5 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, noted the absence of any regional consultation network for countries from that region similar to the eight regional networks managed by UNEP.

Nigeria, on behalf of the G-77/China, said that the new implementation obligations facing Article 5 Parties must be backed by adequate funding from donor countries.

Sweden noted the need to enhance Article 5 countries� ownership of their obligations, and called on the TEAP to take account of changing assumptions, especially with regard to CTC.

Greenpeace described the Multilateral Fund Replenishment as a barometer of willingness to address ozone depletion, and said the current phase-out schedule does not adequately reflect the urgency of addressing threats from the combined effects of climate change and ozone depletion.

The US suggested that Parties provide the Multilateral Fund Executive Committee with the authority to approve projects that, within two or three years, would bring Parties not complying with the 2002 methyl bromide freeze back into compliance. 

Poland introduced a draft decision on the clarification of certain terminology related to controlled substances, noting that �used controlled substance� and �recycled controlled substance� have not been used uniformly.

Astrid Olsson, representing the Secretariat to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), reported on conclusions adopted by the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its recent sixteenth session.



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> Official Ozone Secretariat website
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