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Resumed Session of the 37th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, OEWG 38
and 3rd Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

15-16 July, 18-21 July and 22-23 July 2016 | Vienna International Centre (VIC), Vienna, Austria

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Highlights for Friday, 15 July 2016

A view of Vienna (photo courtesy of the Government of Austria)

A view of the the Vienna International Centre

The resumed session of the Thirty-Seventh Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (resumed OEWG 37) opened on Friday, 15 July 2016, in Vienna, Austria. In the morning, delegates heard opening statements. Plenary convened for a stocktaking session that discussed progress in the contact group and informal groups, addressed organizational matters, and held a moment of silence for recent deaths of members of the “ozone family” and victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Nice, France.

The Contact Group on the Feasibility and Ways of Managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFC Management Contact Group) then convened to continue its work, including building on discussions held at the OEWG 37 in Geneva, Switzerland, in April 2016. The contact group heard a report back from the previous day’s informal discussions on financing and addressed the way forward to complete the work of the contact group in a timely manner. Delegates then adjourned to hold informal discussions on funding, the relationship of HFCs with hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and exemptions not related to high ambient temperatures, which took place for the remainder of the day.

The contact group reconvened in the evening for reports back from the informal discussions, and to discuss the way forward. Informal discussions on funding continued into the night.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports and also produced a summary and analysis report from the Resumed OEWG 37, OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3, which is available in HTML and PDF format.
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View of the dais during a moment of silence for recent deaths of members of the “ozone family” and victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Nice, France

OEWG 37 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria, with Rolf Engelhardt, Germany

Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia, with John Thompson, US

Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat, with OEWG 37 Co-Chair Leslie Smith, Grenada

Ilaitia Finau, Fiji, with Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, UNEP

From L-R: Hamoud Al-Otaibi, Saudi Arabia; Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan; and Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia

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

Martin Sirois, Canada

Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait

Hassan Ali Mubarak, Bahrain, and Melony Mckenzie, Bahamas

Tumau Herownna Neru, Samoa

Highlights for Saturday, 16 July 2016

A view of Vienna (photo courtesy of the Government of Austria)

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

The resumed OEWG 37 met for its final day on Saturday, 16 July 2016, in Vienna, Austria. Informal discussions were held throughout the day and night. Topics addressed included funding, HCFCs-HFCs linkages and exemptions not related to HAT.

The HFC Management Contact Group reconvened in the evening to assess whether solutions had been generated for the identified challenges. As more time was required, informal discussions resumed. Following protracted negotiations, the contact group reconvened to conclude its work in the early hours of Sunday, 17 July 2016. Participants then convened in plenary, which heard an update on the status of discussion on each of the identified challenges. OEWG 37 was gavelled to a close at 3.12 am.

OEWG 37 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria

OEWG 37 Co-Chair Leslie Smith, Grenada

From L-R: Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat; Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; OEWG 37 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria; OEWG 37 Co-Chair Leslie Smith, Grenada; and Megumi Seki, Ozone Secretariat

Italo Andrés Flamenco Córdova, and Rubén Armando Escalante Hasbún, El Salvador

From L-R: Krystel Loutfi, Lebanon; Lara Haidar, Lebanon; Mazen Khalil Hussein, Lebanon; Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan; and Hassan Ali Mubarak, Bahrain

Zhou Xiaofang, China

Miguel Antonio Gonzalez, Guatemala

Cornelius Rhein, EU

Annie Gabriel, Australia, with Nancy Seymour, Canada

Fahad Naim, with S.V. Subbarao, India

Cindy Newberg, US, with Cornelius Rhein, EU

Hamoud Al-Otaibi, Saudi Arabia, with Philippe Chemouny, Canada

Highlights for Monday, 18 July 2016

A view of Vienna (photo courtesy of the Government of Austria)

A view of the room during the plenary

The thirty-eighth session of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Montreal Protocol (OEWG 38) opened in Vienna, Austria on 18 July 2016. In the morning, delegates heard opening remarks and addressed the agenda and the organization of work. Discussion then turned to the Technical and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on updated and new information on alternatives for ozone depleting substances (ODS).

In the afternoon, parties addressed the Dubai Pathway on HFCs, the TEAP 2016 report, and issues related to exemptions under Articles 2A–2I of the Montreal Protocol, including nominations for essential-use exemptions for 2017 and nominations for critical-use exemptions for 2017 and 2018. They also addressed issues related to the phase-out of HCFCs, the availability of recovered, recycled or reclaimed halons, terms of reference for the study on the 2018-2020 replenishment of the multilateral fund, a report by the TEAP and the Scientific Assessment Panel on carbon tetrachloride discrepancies, and the destruction of ODS banks.

The HFC Management Contact Group met in the evening.

From L-R: Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; OEWG 37 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria; and OEWG 37 Co-Chair Leslie Smith, Grenada

OEWG 37 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria

Blaise Horisberger, Switzerland, with Husamuddin Ahmadzai, Sweden

Alaa Aljahdali, Saudi Arabia

Blaise Horisberger, Switzerland

The Kuwaiti delegation

Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat, with Masa Nagai, Senior Legal Advisor, UNEP

Zhou Xiaofang, China, and  Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan

Tumau Neru, Samoa

Obed Baloyi, South Africa

Hammami Youssef, Tunisia

Amit Love, and S.V. Subbarao, India

Rafael Da Soler, Brazil, with Maria Verónica Grygianec, Argentina

Highlights for Tuesday, 19 July 2016

A view of Vienna (photo courtesy of the Government of Austria)

From L-R: HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair ​Patrick McInerney​, Australia; Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait; Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; and HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair Xia Yingxian, China

The thirty-eighth session of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Montreal Protocol (OEWG 38) convened for its second day in Vienna, Austria, on 19 July 2016. In the morning, delegates addressed the Technological and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) organizational matters and a conference room paper on forming an ad hoc standard coordinating group on criteria or standards on substitutes. A contact group on the terms of reference for the study on the 2018-2020 replenishment of the Multilateral Fund (MLF) then convened.

The HFC Management Contact Group met throughout the afternoon and evening.

View of the dais during the plenary session

Andrei Pilipchuk, Belarus

Yoliangel Rivas, Venezuela

Gudi Alkemade, and Philip Owen, European Union (EU)

Mirjana Ilijin Jug, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with OEWG 37 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria

Maria Rendiles Bermudez, Venezuela

Aminah Ali, Malaysia

Annie Gabriel, Australia

Philippe Chemouny, Canada, and Obed Baloyi, South Africa, Co-Chairs, Contact Group on Replenishment Study TOR

Emma Rachmawaty, Indonesia

Augustin Sánchez Guevara, Mexico

Enoh Peter Ayuk, Cameroon

Manoj Kumar Singh, India

Laura Berón, Argentina

Liana Ghahramanyan, Armenia

Highlights for Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A view of Vienna (photo courtesy of the Government of Austria)

Yaqoub Al-Matouq with Nada Aldabashi, Kuwait

OEWG 38 reconvened for its third day of deliberations in Vienna, Austria, on 20 July 2016. In the morning, delegates addressed the issue of amendments to the Protocol in the HFC Management Contact Group. Plenary also reconvened for stocktaking.

In the afternoon, contact and informal groups on the TOR for the Study on the 2018-2020 Replenishment of the MLF, the draft proposal to establish an ad hoc standards coordination group, and HFC Management met.

From L-R: OEWG 37 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria; Martha Leyva, Ozone Secretariat; and OEWG 37 Co-Chair Leslie Smith, Grenada

Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat, with Megumi Seki, Ozone Secretariat

Laura Juliana Arciniegas, Colombia

Emilija Kjupeva, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Malcolm McKee, New Zealand

 Lara Haidar and Krystel Loutfi, Lebanon

Salim Al Badi and Yaqoob Al Harti, Oman

Annie Gabriel, Australia

HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair Xia Yingxian, China

Nancy Seymour, Canada

Malcolm McKee, New Zealand, with Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat

From L-R: Catheriné Wahlen, IISD Reporting Services; Avipsa Mahapatra, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA); and Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia

Highlights for Thursday, 21 July 2016

A view of Vienna (photo courtesy of the Government of Austria)

Children's choirs from around the world came together in Vienna for the World Peace Choral Festival 2016

The thirty-eighth session of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Montreal Protocol (OEWG 38) resumed on 21 July 2016, in Vienna, Austria.

In the morning, delegates convened in plenary to hear updates on outstanding agenda items. The HFC Management Contact Group met throughout the day.

In the late afternoon, OEWG 38 closing plenary convened. Due to OEWG 38 being unable to conclude its work, the meeting was suspended at 5:45 pm. Discussions on HFC Management will be held in parallel to third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (ExMOP 3), which convenes on 22 July 2016.

In the evening, the Government of Austria hosted a reception.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, is providing daily web coverage, daily reports and will produce a summary and analysis report from the Resumed OEWG 37, OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3.
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From L-R: Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; Abdulbasit Sairafi, Saudi Arabia; Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait; Hamoud Al-Otaibi, Saudi Arabia; and Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan

Yaqoob Al Harti, Oman

Cindy Newberg, US

From L-R: Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait; Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia; HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair ​Patrick McInerney​, Australia; John Thompson, US; and HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair Xia Yingxian, China

Cornelius Rhein, European Union (EU), and Obed Baloyi, South Africa

Zhou Xiaofang, China

Brian Ruddie, UK, with Saleh Al-Amir, Saudi Arabia

From L-R: Hamoud Al-Otaibi, Saudi Arabia; Catherine Wahlén and Anna Schulz, IISD Reporting Services

From L-R: Marine Collignon, France; Béatrice Vincent, France; Justina Adomaviciute, UK; Mikkel Adaman Sørensen, Denmark; and Philip Owen, EU

High Level Assembly organized by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

Gina McCarthy, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency

Xavier Sticker, Ambassador for the Environment, France

Arlete Sombo-Dibele, Minister for the Environment, Central African Republic

Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for Energy and Climate

Ahmad Qatarneh, Secretary General, Ministry for the Environment, Jordan

Jan Olsson, Ambassador for the Environment and Oceans, Sweden, and Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Catherine McKenna, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Canada, and CCAC Co-Chair Rita Cerutti, Canada

Kari-Anne Isaksen, Norway

Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP

Highlights for Friday, 22 July 2016

A view of Vienna (photo courtesy of the Government of Austria)

John Kerry, Secretary of State, US, with Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

The Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (ExMOP 3) opened in Vienna, Austria, on 22 July 2016. In the morning, delegates heard opening remarks from dignitaries. A ministerial round table entitled ‘Moving Forward to Deliver in 2016 on the Mandate of the Dubai Pathway on HFCs’ then took place. Following this round table, delegations made general statements, which continued into the afternoon.

The informal group (as part of the Contact Group on HFC Management) also met in the afternoon and into the night.

John Barkat, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Ombudsman

Li Yong, Director General, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

MOP 27 President Virginia Poter, Canada

John Kerry, Secretary of State, US

MOP 27 President Virginia Poter, Canada, shaking hands with John Kerry, Secretary of State, US

Rajani Ranjan Rashmi, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India

Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada

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

Nur Masripatin, Director General, Climate Change and National Focal Point for the Ozone Depleting Substances, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia

Ibrahim Jibril, Minister of State for Environment, Nigeria

Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP

Alberto D'Alotto, National Director for Global Affairs, Foreign Ministry, Argentina

The Indian delegation

Highlights for Saturday, 23 July 2016

A view of Vienna (photo courtesy of the Government of Austria)

View of the room during the informal setting on HFCs

The Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (ExMOP 3) convened for its final day in Vienna, Austria, on 23 July 2016. In the morning, delegates heard the report of the Credentials' Committee and concluded general statements.

The informal setting (as part of the Contact Group on HFC Management) reconvened in the morning and in the late afternoon, when it concluded its work. The Contact Group on HFC Management reconvened at 5:35 pm.

6:36 pm - HFC Management Contact Group consultations ongoing
8:05 pm - HFC Management Contact Group scheduled to reconvene at 9:00 pm. Informal consultations taking place.
9:22 pm - informal consultations ongoing
10:03 pm - HFC Management Contact Group to reconvene at approximately 10:30 pm.
10:53 pm - informal consultations are still ongoing
11:28 pm -HFC Management Contact Group resumes. Delegates discuss baseline/freeze date proposals.
12:26 am - HFC Management Contact Group adjourns, having concluded its work. OEWG 38 to reconvene.
12:52 am - ExMOP 3 reconvenes.
01:10 am - ExMOP 3 closes.

From L-R: Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat; MOP 27 President Virginia Poter, Canada; and Megumi Seki, Ozone Secretariat

Laura Juliana Arciniegas, Colombia, with Rubén Armando Escalante Hasbún, El Salvador

Obed Baloyi, South Africa, and Dennis Clare, Federated States of Micronesia

Gudi Alkemade, and Philip Owen, European Union (EU)

Nada Aldabashi, Kuwait, and Amna Kazim, United Arab Emirates

John Thompson, US

Rafael Da Soler, Brazil

Obed Baloyi, South Africa

From L-R: Hamoud Al-Otaibi, Saudi Arabia; Cindy Newberg, US; Diane McConkey, US; Saleh Al-Amir, Saudi Arabia; Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia; and Alaa Aljahdali, Saudi Arabia

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IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union, the Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2016 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, SWAN International, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).