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37th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

4-8 April 2016 | Geneva, Switzerland

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Monday, 4 April 2016

View of the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), venue of the 37th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

View of the room during the morning session

The thirty-seventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer began on Monday, 4 April 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the morning, plenary opened with a moment of silence to recognize the efforts of the late Mostafa Tolba (Egypt) in bringing the Vienna Convention “to life.” Participants also heard an opening statement from the Ozone Executive Secretary, Tina Birmpili, who underscored that the sole focus of OEWG 37 is to move forward on the implementation of the Dubai Pathway on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). OEWG 37 then dealt with organizational matters, followed by a presentation on the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on information on alternatives to ozone-depleting substances (ODS). Parties responded, seeking clarification on issues and suggesting future areas of work for the TEAP.

In the afternoon, the Contact Group on the Feasability and Ways of Managing HFCs (HFCs Management Contact Group) resumed, focusing their discussion on key challenges and proposed solutions to the phase-out of HFCs.

In the evening, delegates attened a reception hosted by the Ozone Secretariat.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage,provided daily web coverage from the 37th OEWG. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has producd a summary and analysis report of the 37th OEWG, which is available in HTML and PDF formats.
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Rafael Da Soler, Brazil

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan

Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat

HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair ​Patrick McInerney​, Australia

View of the dais during the morning session

Sergey Vasiliev, the Russian Federation

Roberto Peixoto​, TEAP Member, Brazil

Lambert Kuijpers, TEAP Member, the Netherlands

Delegates from Nigeria

Jacques Van Engel, UN Development Programme (UNDP), with Abdul-Kazeem Kasimu Bayero, Nigeria

Montreal Protocol OEWG 37 observes a minute of silence for the passing of Mostafa Kamal Tolba.

Lucie Desforges, Canada

Manoj Kumar Singh, India

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

View of the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), venue of the 37th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

HFCs Management Contact Group Co-Chairs ​Patrick McInerney​, Australia, and Xia Yingxian, China

The thirty-seventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened for its second day on Tuesday, 5 April 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Contact Group on the Feasibility and Ways of Managing Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs Management Contact Group) resumed discussions on the key challenges and proposed solutions to the phase-out of HFCs. The morning discussions continued to broadly address key challenges and proposed solutions to the phase-out of HFCs. The afternoon discussions turned to specifically address the challenge of funding.

A stock-taking plenary was held in the late afternoon.

From L-R: Xia Yingxian, China; Patrick McInerney​, Australia; and Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat

From L-R: Enoh Peter Ayuk, Cameroon; Samuel Pare, Burkina Faso; and Ismael Nour, Djibouti

Hiroyuki Nishiura, Japan

Gilles Christian Mangongo, Gabon

Marcos Wabi, Benin

Hassan Ali Mubarak, Bahrain

Laura Juliana Arciniegas, Colombia

Monica Törnlund, Sweden, and Blaise Horisberger, Switzerland

Arumugam Duraisamy, India

Gudi Alkemade, European Union (EU)

Tchoumou Martin, Republic of Congo

Enrique Moret Hernandez, Cuba

Nada Aldabashi, Kuwait

Highlights for Wednesday, 6 April 2016

View of the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), venue of the 37th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

From L-R: Patrick McInerney​, Australia; Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; and Xia Yingxian, China

The thirty-seventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened for its third day on Wednesday, 6 April 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Contact Group on the Feasibility and Ways of Managing Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs Management Contact Group) resumed its discussions of the key challenges. The morning’s discussions addressed funding, intellectual property rights (IPR), flexibility in implementation, exemptions, and the relationship of an HFC amendment with the hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) phase-out.

The afternoon’s discussions continued deliberations on the relationship of an HFC amendment with the HCFC phase-out and began discussions on the legal aspects, synergies and other issues related to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The evening’s session addressed exemption processes and a “compliance deferral” approach as well as a mechanism for periodic review of alternatives.

Claudia Paratori Cortés, Chile

Gilles Christian Mangongo, Gabon

Participants conferring before the evening session

Manoj Kumar Singh and Arumugam Duraisamy, India

Samuel Pare, Burkina Faso, with Ismael Nour, Djibouti

Samuel Pare, Burkina Faso, with Béatrice Vincent, France

John Thompson, US, with Valeria M. Gonzalez Posse, Argentina

Enoh Peter Ayuk, Cameroon

John Thompson, US

Zhou Xiaofang, China

Participants networking during lunch break

From L-R: Gudi Alkemade, European Union (EU); Philippe Chemouny, Canada; and John Thompson, US

Petra Hinterauer, Hungary, with Michelle Cortis, Malta

Participants networking during lunch break

Bonfils Safari, SAP Co-Chair, Rwanda, with Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat

From L-R: Maria Verónica Grygianec, Argentina; Rafael Da Soler, Brazil; and Valeria M. Gonzalez Posse, Argentina

Highlights for Thursday, 7 April 2016

View of the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), venue of the 37th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

Delegates conferring after the morning session

The thirty-seventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened for its penultimate day on Thursday, 7 April 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the morning, a brief stocktaking plenary was held. The Contact Group on the Feasibility and Ways of Managing Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC Management Contact Group) then resumed, continuing on following Wednesday evening’s discussions on the development of exemption processes, including a “compliance deferral” approach for countries with high ambient temperatures (HAT), as well as a mechanism for periodic review of alternatives. Discussions were then suspended until the afternoon to allow for informal consultations between parties.

During lunchtime, the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) held an informal meeting.

In the afternoon, delegates discussed a funding proposal, after which parties broke into further informal consultations to discuss this issue. These consultations continued into the evening.

From L-R: Annie Gabriel, Australia; Laura Berón, Argentina; Valeria M. Gonzalez Posse, Argentina; and Maria Verónica Grygianec, Argentina

Emma Rachmawaty, Indonesia, with Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat

Eva Ocfemia, the Philippines

Ulises Lovera Gaona, Paraguay

Philippe Chemouny, Canada

Participants networking before the morning session

HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair ​Patrick McInerney​, Australia

Alexis Dimitri Valencia Moreno, Ecuador

HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair Xia Yingxian, China

Sylla Cheikh Ndiaye, Senegal

Annie Gabriel, Australia

John Thompson, US

Manoj Kumar Singh, India

Stephen Seidel, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, with Caitlin Grady, US

Marine Collignon, France, with Justina Adomaviciute, UK

Highlights for Friday, 8 April 2016

View of the Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG), venue of the 37th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

The US delegation during lunch break

The thirty-seventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer convened for its final day on Friday, 8 April 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.

In the morning, plenary discussed the report by the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) on information on alternatives to ODS. The TEAP updated participants on its informal discussions on the report, informing participants that it will finalize a report for OEWG 38 based on suggestions at OEWG 37 and additional findings and updates that may become available.

The Co-Chairs of the Contact Group on the Feasibility and Ways of Managing Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC Management Contact Group) gave a brief report of progress. OEWG 37 then adjourned for informal discussions among parties, which continued into the evening.

OEWG37 is suspended at 12:40 am, and will be resumed prior to OEWG38 at a date still to be decided.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage,provided daily web coverage from the 37th OEWG. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has producd a summary and analysis report of the 37th OEWG, which is available in HTML and PDF formats.

Delegates from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries conferring during the evening

HFCs Management Contact Group Co-Chairs ​Patrick McInerney​, Australia, and Xia Yingxian, China

From L-R: Hamoud Al-Otaibi, Saudi Arabia; Abdelrahim Mohamed Al Hammadi, United Arab Emirates (UAE); Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; Hassan Ali Mubarak, Bahrain; and Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait

Claudia Paratori Cortés, Chile, and Laura Juliana Arciniegas, Colombia, discussing with other GRULAC delegates

OEWG 37 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria

HFCs Management Contact Group Co-Chair ​ Xia Yingxian, China

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan

Emma Rachmawaty, Indonesia

Sergey Vasiliev, the Russian Federation

HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair ​Patrick McInerney​, Australia

Ghazi Al Odat, Jordan, with, Ahmed El Korashy, Egypt

Delegates from the UAE and Kuwait

Delegates from the GCC countries

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