Highlights and images for 12 July 2017



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 second day in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday, 12 July 2017.

In the morning, delegates discussed China’s nomination for an essential use exemption (EUE) for carbon tetrachloride in laboratory and analytical uses and six nominations from various parties for critical use exemptions (CUEs) involving methyl bromide. They also discussed process agents, Technical and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) organizational matters, and a proposal by four parties to request TEAP to assess non-Article 5 party requirements for use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) for certain specific uses in the 2020-2030 period. They also heard the report of the workshop on safety standards relevant to the safe use of low global warming potential (GWP) alternatives to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and the TEAP report on the same subject.

In the afternoon, delegates debated possible follow-up regarding safety standards. They then discussed energy efficiency, as well as consideration of HFCs not listed in the Montreal Protocol's control annexes.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily digital coverage and a summary and analysis report from the Workshop on the Safety Standards Relevant to the Safe Use of Low-GWP Alternatives to HFCs and OEWG 39. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Morning Plenary

View of dais

Co-Chairs Cindy Newberg, US, and Cheikh Ndiaye Sylla, Senegal

Nancy Seymour, Canada

Patrick McInerney, Australia

Philip Owen, EU

Dong Yao, China

Delegate from Belize listening through the interpretation headset

Delegates from Albania

Martin Sirois, Canada

TEAP members Bella Maranion, US, and Dan Verdonik, US conferring

Hassan Ali Mubarak, Bahrain, speaking with Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia, during the morning plenary

John Thompson, US

Salome Molefe, South Africa

Samuel Pare, Burkina Faso

Nada Aldabashi, Kuwait

Charles Kanu, Nigeria

Stephan Sicars, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

Afternoon Plenary

The panel during the afternoon plenary

View of the afternoon plenary

Idriss Ismael Nour, Djibouti

Amit Love, India

Coletha Ruhamya, Rwanda

Delegates from the Netherlands having discussions during the afternoon session

Ana Maria Kleymeyer, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

Raad Kadhum Hasan, Iraq

Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait

Ole-Kristian Kvissel, Norway

Henry Wohrnschimmel, Switzerland

Delegates from Canada in discussions

Around the Venue


Negotiating blocs
European Union