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36th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

20-24 July 2015 | United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) headquarters, Paris, France

Highlights for Tuesday, 21 July 2015

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A view of UNESCO

View of the plenary

The thirty-sixth meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer reconvened on Tuesday, 21 July 2015, in Paris, France.

In the morning, OEWG 36 met in plenary to discuss issues related to the phase-out of HCFCs and measures to facilitate the monitoring of trade in HCFCs and alternative substances. After a brief report from Patrick McInerney (Australia), co-convener in the informal talks on the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), plenary was suspended to allow for further informal talks.

Plenary reconvened at 4:30 pm and after an update from Rafael Da Soler (Brazil), co-convener of the informal talks, Co-Chair Rachmawaty asked the informal talks to continue on Wednesday. Co-Chair Krajnik then opened discussions on the four proposals for a Montreal Protocol amendment regarding HFCs, with Canada presenting the North American proposal, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) the island states’ proposal, and India and the EU their respective proposals. Delegates then started general discussion of the proposals, including posing questions to proponents, which will resume on Wednesday morning.

In the evening, delegates attended a reception hosted by the Government of France.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary and analysis report from the 36th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, which took place from 20 to 24 July 2015, from the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris, France. Our summary and analysis report is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at:

From L-R: Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria; Megumi Seki, Ozone Secretariat;
and Co-Chair Emma Rachmawaty, Indonesia

Lucie Desforges, Canada

Manoj Kumar Singh, India

Taha Zatari, Saudi Arabia discussing with Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria

Nancy Seymour, Canada

John Thompson, US

Philip Owen, European Union

Gbandi Malouesson, Togo

Tumau Neru, Samoa

Eva Ocfemia, the Philippines

Agustin Sánchez Guevara, Mexico

Dennis Clare, FSM

The Kuwaiti delegation with Co-Chairs Paul Krajnik, Austria and Emma Rachmawaty, Indonesia

Informal Meeting: Feasibility and Ways of Managing HFCs

Co-Convener Rafael Da Soler, Brazil

Co-Convener Patrick McInerney, Australia

View of the informal meeting

Side Event: The Double Climate Benefits of Energy Efficiency
and Low GWP Refrigerants in Air Conditioning

Durwood Zaelke, Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development

Nihar Shah, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Room view during the side event

Participants networking

Reception co-hosted by the Government of France and the Ozone Secretariat

Amb. Xavier Sticker, French Ambassador for the Environment

Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat

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Specific funding for coverage of the 36th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol has been provided by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - Ozone Secretariat
UNEP - Ozone Secretariat

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