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19th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

17-21 September 2007
Montreal, Canada

Summary report of the 20th Anniversary Seminar of the Montreal Protocol "Celebrating 20 years of Progress"

Highlights from Tuesday, 18 September
Preparatory segment Co-Chairs Marcia Levaggi, Argentina, and Mikkel Sorensen, Denmark

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Co-Chair Marcia Levaggi, Argentina, Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary Marco Gonzalez, and Co-Chair Mikkel Sorensen, Denmark; Executive Secretary Gonzalez opened the preparatory segment with a discussion of ODS targets for 2010, calling for an accelerated phase-out of HCFCs and sufficient funding for its accomplishment by Article 5 parties.

HCFC issues and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) Report on Addressing HCFCs
The dais during the TEAP report on HCFCs
TEAP Co-Chairs Paul Ashford, UK, Radhey Agarwal, India, and Lambert Kuijpers, Netherlands; Co-Chair Kuijpers (right) presented the TEAP report on issues related to Decision XVIII/12 (HCFC issues).

Kuwait (left) introduced its proposal that, inter alia, TEAP study ways of encouraging use of HCFC substitutes in Article 5 countries. János Maté, Greenpeace International (right), urged parties to act on the TEAP report as soon as possible.


R. H. Khwaja, India (left) said the UNFCCC is the appropriate forum for addressing the impact of phasing out HCFCs on global warming; Dan Reifsnyder, US (right), stressed the need to set an earlier baseline regarding adjustments to the HCFC phase-out schedule.

Methyl Bromide and MBTOC

MBTOC Co-Chairs Mohamed Besri, Morocco, Ian Porter, Australia, Michelle Marcotte, Canada, and Marta Pizano, Colombia; the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee (MBTOC) reported “excellent progress” in phasing out methyl bromide.

Evening Plenary
David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council (left), warned that progress on HCFCs would be undone by allowing large CUEs for methyl bromide. Illegal Trade Contact Group Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria (center), reported on the group's progress. Pierre Pinault, Canada (right), introduced a proposed draft Montreal Declaration.
Statements by heads of delegations
Ammuna Lawan Ali, Nigeria (left), and MOP-19 President Khalid Al-Ali, Qatar (right)

Jesus Castillo Golding, Venezuela (left), stressed the importance of sustained funding for the Multilateral Fund and dealing with illicit trade; Tor Berntin Naess, Norway (right), highlighted key factors in the Montreal Protocol's success that could be employed in other MEAs.


Aicha Mint Sidi Bouna, Mauritania (left), commended the role of donors and the Multilateral Fund in promoting phase-out of ODS; Joyce Amarell-Williams, Suriname (right), lamented the lack of low-cost and easily available alternatives.

Berj Hatjian, Lebanon (left), stressed the need to learn from environmental mistakes and to stop “aggressing the earth;” Thomas Kolly, Switzerland (right), suggested that funding should be maintained at least at existing levels, given the need for, inter alia, strengthened controls over HCFCs.
Contact Group on TOR for the Study on Multilateral Fund Replenishment
Participants in the replenishment contact group, co-chaired by David Omotosho, Nigeria, and Jozef Buys, Belgium
ENB writer Rado Dimitrov speaks with Co-Chair Buys, Belgium, about the contact group discussions.
Miscellaneous Photos
Rejendra Shende, OzonAction Branch, UNEP/DTIE, launching the publication "Solidarity and Partnerships: 20 years of the Montreal Protocol-4 years of the Regional Ozone Network for Europe and Central Asia" with the Romanian Vice Minister for the Environment Silviu Stoica.
The Ozzy Ozone Game, the objective of which is to become an ozone layer protector, was developed by the UNEP/DTIE OzonAction Programme under the Multilateral Fund. Ozzy Ozone, a character developed by UNEP/DTIE, helps educate children on how to protect themselves from the sun's harmful UV-rays and gives practical tips on how to enjoy the sun safely and how to help save the earth's ozone layer.
Delegates convene informally over lunch.

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