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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 Thursday, 23 July 2015

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A view of UNESCO

The Symbolic Globe in the gardens of UNESCO

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 Thursday, 23 July 2015, in Paris, France.

In the morning, OEWG 36 plenary addressed draft decisions, including on: potential areas of focus for the 2018 quadrennial reports of the Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP), the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP); essential-use exemption for laboratory and analytical uses for 2016 in China; and issues related to the phase-out of HCFCs.

In the morning, and throughout the afternoon, plenary resumed its discussions on aspects of the four amendment proposals. Topics addressed including rationales for setting baselines and base years, and synergies with the UNFCCC.

The informal talks on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs resumed in the morning prior to plenary. They then broke for the day's proceedings so delegates could work on compromise proposals. The informal group reconvened in the evening after the close of plenary.

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:

View of the room during plenary

Philip Owen, European Union

Tom Land, US

Hamid Al-Sadoon, Saudi Arabia

Sajjad Ahmad, Pakistan

Nancy Seymour and Lucie Desforges, Canada

Arumugam Duraisamy, India

Atsuhiro Meno, Japan

Co-Chair Paul Krajnik, Austria

Blaise Horisberger, Switzerland and Husamuddin Ahmadzai, Sweden

Tom Land, US and A.R. Ravishankara, SAP Co-Chair

Leslie Smith, Grenada

Kasimu Bayero, Nigeria

Co-Chair Emma Rachmawaty, Indonesia

Gilbert Bankobeza, Ozone Secretariat and Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat

Patrick McInerney, Australia with Nicole Schabus, IISD

Delegates from France conferring

Delegates from Kuwait

Gudi Alkemade, the Netherlands

Joris Pinkster with Delano Verwey, the Netherlands

Around the venue

Walking Man, by Alberto Giacometti, 1960

Birth of a New Man, by Zurab Tsereteli, 1992

Fountain of Peace, by Isamu Noguchi, 1957

Spirale, by Alexander Calder, 1958

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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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