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Workshop on Safety Standards Relevant to the Safe Use of Low Global Warming Potential (GWP) Alternatives to Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and 39th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 39) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

10-14 July 2017 | UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand

Highlights for Friday, 14 July 2017

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Delegates meeting informally before the morning plenary

Montreal Protocol 30th Anniversary and International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer The thirty-ninth session of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Montreal Protocol (OEWG 39) convened for its final day on 14 July 2017, in Bangkok, Thailand.

The morning plenary opened with progress reports from the contact groups and informal consultations. The plenary sent to the 29th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 29) a draft decision on essential uses of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by non-Article 5 parties after 2020. After some debate, it also forwarded to the MOP a draft decision on energy efficient technical and financial assistance and a workshop on climate and energy co-benefits of the Montreal Protocol.

Plenary suspended so that the two contact groups could continue their work through late afternoon. When the plenary reconvened, it agreed to forward several draft decisions on process agents, global warming potential (GWP) values for certain substances, destruction technologies for hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), and a nomination for an essential-use exemption (EUE) for laboratory and analytical uses of carbon tetrachloride. The plenary also agreed on a list of items to be covered by the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) in its supplementary report to the MOP on funding needs for the 2018-2020 replenishment of the Multilateral Fund (MLF). It also agreed to defer further discussion on several other matters to the MOP, including data reporting issues and nominations for critical use exemptions (CUE) for methyl bromide uses.

Co-Chair Sylla gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:22 PM.

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Morning Plenary

Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat, and Co-Chair Cindy Newberg, US, speaking with Martin Sirois, Canada

View of the morning plenary

View of the dais

Delegates from Estonia reviewing a document with a conference intern

Delegates from China

Ives Enrique Gómez Salas and Agustin Sánchez Guevara, Mexico

Marie-Neige Philoe, Seychelles

Rajendra Kumar Foolmaun, Mauritius

Amit Love, India

Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat

Liana Ghahramanyan, Armenia

Ole-Kristian Kvissel, Norway

Contact Group on MLF Replenishment

View of the contact group on MLF replenishment

The panel during the contact group on MLF replenishment

Ana Maria Kleymeyer, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan

Contact Group on Data and Destruction Technologies

View of dais during the contact group on data and destruction technologies

Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia, during the morning plenary

John Thompson, US

Closing Plenary

View of the panel during the closing plenary

Co-Chair Cheikh Ndiaye Sylla, Senegal

Co-Chair Agustin Sánchez Guevara, Mexico, reports back from the contact group on MLF replenishment

Co-Chair Martin Sirois, Canada, reports back from the contact group on data and destruction technologies

Non-Article 5 parties confer

Article 5 parties confer

Around the Venue

Brazilian delegation

IISD/ENB team (L-R): Keith Ripley, Jennifer Lenhart, Nadia Sohier Zaman, and Sean Wu

Specific funding for coverage of the Workshop on the Safety Standards Relevant to the Safe Use of Low-GWP Alternatives to HFCs and OEWG 39, has been provided by the European Union (EU) and the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea
EU French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea

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