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:
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.
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