Highlights and images for 10 October 2016



The twenty-eighth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer opened in Kigali, Rwanda on Monday, 10 October 2016.

Parties convened in the morning to hear opening statements and address organizational matters. They also discussed the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) reports on alternatives to ozone depleting substances, and an assessment of the climate benefits and financial implications of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) phasedown schedules in the amendment proposals.

The afternoon’s discussion addressed, inter alia, agenda items on critical-use and essential-use exemptions, the Dubai pathway on HFCs, terms of reference for the 2018–2020 Multilateral Fund replenishment study, the TEAP and Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP) report on analysis of carbon tetrachloride (CTC) discrepancies, and a proposal to establish an ad hoc standards coordination group.

The HFC Management Contact Group met in the evening to continue its work.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided web coverage and a report from the Resumed OEWG38. In addition, IISD Reporting Services provided daily web coverage, daily reports and a summary and analysis report from MOP 28. The summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF.
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Morning Plenary

View of the dais during the morning plenary

Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources, Rwanda

Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat

OEWG 38 Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria

Bella Maranion, Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) Co-Chair

OEWG 38 Co-Chair Leslie Smith, Grenada

Lambert Kuijpers, TEAP Senior Expert

Helen Tope, Medical Technical Options Committee (TOC) Co-Chair

Ashley Woodcock, TEAP Co-Chair

Laura Berón, Argentina

Manoj Kumar Singh, India

Marindany Kirui, Kenya

Ghazi Al Odat, Jordan

Mazen Khalil Hussein, Lebanon

Nada Aldabashi, Kuwait

Khalid Hammad, Sudan

Delegates during plenary

Signing Ceremony between the EU and the Ozone Secretariat

To mark the opening of MOP 28, the Ozone Secretariat and the EU's Head of Delegation sign an agreement for a
financial contribution to support the Secretariat's activities related to HFCs up to the end of 2017

Philip Owen, EU, and Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat, sign the agreement

Afternoon Plenary

View of the dais during the afternoon plenary

Obed Baloyi, South Africa

Jayaprakash Murulitharan, Malaysia

Philip Owen, EU

Ahmed El Korashy, Egypt

Philippe Chemouny, Canada

Saad Al Numairy, UAE

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Gilani, Pakistan

Alaa Aljahdali, Saudi Arabia

Bruce Edwards, Australia

Narayan Raj Timilsena, Nepal

Enoh Peter Ayuk, Cameroon

Blaise Horisberger, Switzerland

Delegates during the session

HCF Management Contact Group

Delegates during the HFC Management Contact Group

Cindy Newburg, US

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

Blaise Horisberger, Switzerland

Ahmed El Korashy, Egypt

Legal Drafting Group

The Legal Drafting Group meets in the evening

Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat

Rafael Da Soler, Brazil

Masa Nagai, Senior Legal Advisor, UNEP

Evening Side Events

Side event titled 'Integrating the HFC Amendment in ongoing national mitigation actions'

Side event titled 'Not-in-Kind Alternatives (NIK) to HFCs, Near-term HFC Reduction Opportunities, and Long Term Costs of Production of HFO-1234yf'

Around the Venue

Delegates gather for the start of plenary

Delegates speak informally between sessions

Delegates from Kuwait

Proceedings are filmed by media teams


Negotiating blocs
European Union