Highlights and images of main proceedings for 6 November 2019



Highlights for Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The Ozone Secretariat, OEWG 41 Co-Chairs and Yaqoub Almatouq, Kuwait

On Wednesday, 6 November 2019, delegates convened for the final day of the thirty-first Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol’s (MOP 31) preparatory segment in Rome, Italy. In the morning, delegates addressed, among others:

  • The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) risk of non-compliance with HCFC reduction targets for 2019;
  • The Rome Declaration on the contribution of the Montreal Protocol to the sustainable cold chain to reduce food losses;
  • The membership of Montreal Protocol bodies for 2020; and,
  • The status of ratification of the Kigali Amendment.
  • Plenary adjourned for contact group and informal discussions to take place. Formal contact groups discussed the 2022 quadrennial assessment, the Multilateral Fund (MLF) Replenishment Study, and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) Terms of Reference (ToR).Plenary reconvened in the afternoon to hear an update from parties on outstanding agenda items, including:

  • Process agents;
  • Unexpected CFC-11 emissions;
  • Methyl bromide stocks; and
  • Compliance and data reporting issues.
  • As there were a number of outstanding agenda items, the preparatory segment was unable to conclude, and therefore will run in parallel to the high-level segment (HLS).In the evening, the contact group on CFC-11, and the informal group on the MLF Executive Committee (ExCom) Membership met.One draft decision, on the status of ratification of the Kigali Amendment, was forwarded to the HLS for adoption.With a very full agenda and cognizant of time running out, delegates were constructive in their deliberations, with many recognizing that smaller formal and informal contact groups outside of plenary would be the most conducive setting to make progress. Throughout the day, whether in plenary or in contact groups, parties maintained that scientific vigilance must remain a cornerstone for the Protocol.For more details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

    IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) meeting coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from MOP 31. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary and analysis report in HTML and PDF.

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    Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat
    Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat
    (L-R) Alain Wilmart, OEWG 41 Co-Chair, Cristiano Piacente, Italy, Megumi Seki, Deputy Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat
    Rajendra Shende, TEAP
    Delegates from Saudi Arabia in discussion
    Eava Nurmi, Finland
    Alejandro Ramirez and Cecilia Mercado, MLF Secretariat

    Delegates confer during the plenary session
    Paulo Cezar Rotella Braga, Brazil
    Nagat Mahmoud Adam Ali, Sudan
    Jessica Escaip, New Zealand
    A delegate reviewing meeting documentation
    Delegates from Suriname in discussion
    Flavio Malaguerra, Switzerland

    Delegates convene after the plenary session
    Cornelius Rhein, EU
    Ibrahima Cissé, Guinea
    MLF Replenishment Study Contact Group
    The room during the MLF Replenishment Study Contact Group
    A delegate listens to the proceedings
    Lambert Kuijpers, TEAP
    Bryndis Woods, International Institute of Sustainable Development
    Contact Group Co-Facilitators Ralph Brieskorn, the Netherlands and Leslie Smith, Grenada
    Laura Niskanen, EU
    TEAP TOR Contact Group

    Lara Haider, Lebanon and Philip Chemouny, Canada, Co-Facilitators of the TEAP TOR Contact Group
    Martin Sirois, Canada
    Sistla Subbarao, India
    Contact Group on the Potential Areas of Focus for the 2022 Quadrennial Assessment Reports

    Cindy Newberg, US, Co-Facilitator of the contact group
    Henry Wohrnschimmel, Switzerland
    Delegates from Saudi Arabia discuss the draft text
    Annie Gabriel, Australia
    Time keeping during the session
    Around the Venue

    (L-R) Lara Haider, Lebanon, Cecilia Mercado, MLF Secretariat, Yaqoub Almatouq, Kuwait, and Nadia Sohier Zaman, International Institute for Sustainable Development

    The Scientific Assessment Panel poses for a photo

    Delegates take a photo before the start of the session

    Delegates taking notes


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union