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27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

1-5 November 2015 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Highlights for Sunday, 1 November 2015

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Opening Plenary

The 27th Meeting of the Parties to Montreal Protocol opens on the 1st of November, 2015.

The Preparatory Segment of the twenty-seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP 27) opened on Sunday, 1 November 2015, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). In the morning, delegates heard opening statements from dignitaries and discussed administrative matters, essential-use exemptions (EUEs), critical-use exemptions (CUEs), and the TEAP report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances (ODS), among other issues.

In the afternoon, delegates addressed, inter alia: the outcome of the resumed session of the thirty-sixth open-ended working group (OEWG 36); the proposed amendments to the Montreal Protocol; issues related to the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs); compliance and data reporting issues; potential areas of focus for the assessment panels’ 2018 quadrennial assessments; and other matters, including consideration of the transfer of funds and ODS disposal. The Budget Committee also met during the afternoon.

Side events also convened, including on: ozone depletion by hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and new scenarios for the 21st century; management of ODS in fisheries; hydrofluoroolefin (HFO) intellectual property; and sustainable cold chains.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web updates from the Resumed OEWG36, which took place from 29 to 30 October 2015, from Dubai, UAE. Also, IISD Rerporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports from the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP 27), which took place from 1 to 5 November 2015. In addition, IISD Rerporting Services will provide a summary and analysis, available in HTML and PDF formats. Available in ENB Mobile at:

Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, UAE

Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat

Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia

Mars Amanaliev, Kyrgyzstan

Yaqoub Almatouq, Kuwait

Delegates listen during the morning session

Ulises Lovera Gaono, Paraguay

Blaise Horisberger, Switzerland

Enrique Moret Hernández, Cuba

Laura Berón, Argentina

Co-Chairs Paul Krajnik, Austria, and Emma Rachmawaty, Indonesia

Delegates from EU consulting

Ghazi Al Odat, Jordan

Fritz Nau, Haiti

Sanni Mahazou, Niger

Tumau Herownna Neru, Samoa

Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria

Bruce Edwards, Australia

Nancy Seymour, Canada

Ian Porter (Australia), Co-Chair, Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee (MBTOC)

Roberto Peixoto (Brazil), Co-Chair, Refrigeration Technical Options Committee (RTOC)

Li-Ying Hsu and Fei-Chiao Yang, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

TEAP Co-Chairs Lambert Kuijpers, the Netherlands, and Bella Maranion, US

Afternoon Plenary

The panel during the afternoon plenary

Hamid Al-Sadoon, Saudi Arabia

Philip Owen, EU

Iftikhar-ul-Hassan Shah Gilani, Pakistan

Judith Garber, US

Cornelius Rhein, EU

John Thompson, US

Annie Gabriel, Australia

Antonio Oposa, Federated States of Micronesia

Philippe Chemouny, Canada

A room view during the afternoon plenary

Around the Venue

Delegates conferring in the corridor

Roxanne Blesam, Palau, and
Ibrahim Bin Yaqoob Bin Abdullah Al Haarthi, Oman

Delegates from Kuwait and US chatting before the opening of the morning plenary

John Thompson, US, having a discussion with Xia Yingxian, China

Delegates conferring during lunch break

The delegates from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait greet each other.

Dan Verdonik, TEAP Member, consulting with David Catchpole, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Philip Owen, EU

A delegate taking a photo

An interpreter at work

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