Seventeenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

12-16 December 2005
| Dakar, Senegal

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Highlights from Friday, 16 December

On Friday, delegates convened in preparatory and high-level sessions to conclude the work of COP-7/MOP-17. In the preparatory segment, delegates discussed issues including: methyl bromide-related matters; minimization of CFC production; need for essential uses in Article 5 parties; and the compliance status of EC member states with regard to ratification of the Beijing Amendment. In the high-level segment, delegates heard country statements, adopted the conference report, and adopted more than 30 decisions, bringing the meeting to a successful close in the evening.


Tom Land, MOP-17 President, COP-7 President Thierno Lo, Minister of Environment and the Protection of Nature, Senegal, and Marco González, Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat
On behalf of the Indian government, Namo Narain Meena, Minister of State for Environment and Forests, India (left), offered to host MOP-18 and other related ozone meetings during 2006.

Nik Kiddle, Co-Chair of the methyl bromide contact group, reported to the parties on the outcome of that group, walking delegates through the fragile agreement reached in closed bilateral discussions on stockpiles and cricital-use exemptions (CUEs). Cuba expressed its hope that the parties could clarify the definition of stockpiles at MOP-18. On the issue of CUEs for 2007, Claudia McMurry, US, noted that their acceptance of MBTOC's recommendations despite disagreement on the assumptions used reflected the importance it places on adhering to a technical review process.

David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council (left), recalled the days when the US was the leader in the ozone regime, noting his hope that it would regain that reputation in the coming years. Jukka Uosukainen, Co-Chair of the replenishment contact group, Finland, reported on results of the replenishment contact group. Jean-Louis Wallace, Chair of the budget contact group, Canada, reported on the work carried out in the budget contact group.
EC delegates discuss the draft decisions prior to the convening of the evening plenary.
President Tom Land gavels the meeting to a close (left) and Minister Thierno Lo

Statements by Ministers and other heads of delegation during the High-Level Segment

Kahinda Otafiire, Minister of Water, Lands and Environment, Uganda (left) and Teresa Siricio Iro, State Minister, Ministry of Environment and Physical Development, Sudan (right) underscored the need for: improving ODS controls; preventing illegal trade; providing sufficient replenishment of the multilateral fund for compliance with controlled schedules under the Protocol.


Marie Andrea, Dominica, and Zoila Gonzales de Gutierrez, Dominican Republic (left) The UK, as the EU and its member states, said much remained to be done to understand the science of ozone processes ,and the relationship between ozone and climate change.

The EC (left) highlighted difficult issues to be resolved at the multilateral level for maintaining parties' efforts to ensure recovery of the ozone layer, including the need to: cease ODS use, especially when alternatives are available; minimize essential uses of CFC and methyl bromide; identify appropriate mechanisms for destruction and disposal of ODS; and ensure that the phase out of controlled substances by Article 5 countries is not undermined by illegal trade. She underscored the EC is demonstrating its commitment to pave the way forward and to encourage developing countries to pursue an ozone-friendly path. Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Deputy Minister, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa (right), warned against sending any messages that the ozone battle has been won, and urged delegates not to delay any commitments to phase out ODS.

Didier Coulomb, International Institute of Refrigeration (left) stressed the need for changes in both refrigerants and refrigeration equipment to ensure its environmental impact decreases, and stressed its activities in promoting and disseminating knowledge of refrigeration technology in its member states. TJ Faircloth, Greenpeace International (center), reminded delegates that 2005 has not been a good year for ozone or climate, and urged parties to plug the “loophole” of critical-use exemptions, particularly for methyl bromide. Akira Nakajima, Japan (right), stressed the international community should cooeprate to implement the Protocol, and noted that it intends to promote expertise and technology transfer to shift to alternatives.



Anne-Marie Fenner, Rejendra Shende and Mugure Kibe Ursulet, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), UNEP

UNEP launched a new guide and web sites to help governments better protect the ozone layer, incluing a "Guide for National Ozone Officers", a service designed to enable National Ozone Officers to build their own websites, and the French language version of the "Ozzy Ozone" children's website (

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A certificate of appreciate was presented to UNEP for support given to African countries through the work of the Ozone Secretariat, the Secretariat of the Multilateral Fund and the Ozone Action Programme

Miscellaneous Photos

Photos from a reception hosted by the Senegalese government at which African pop star Youssou N'Dour performed with his band


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