Over the course of 21, 22 and 24 May 2021, parties and other stakeholders to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone convened online to discuss the replenishment of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol for the period 2021–2023, specifically 2021 contributions by some countries.– UNEP
Although unable to meet in person as reiterated by the newly appoint Ozone Secretariat, Megumi Seki, around 200-280 experts of Assessment Panels of the Montreal Protocol and observers from industry and non-governmental organizations attended.
The parties discussed:
- The decision to facilitate advance payments of national contributions to the Multilateral Fund (work toward phasing down HFCs and HCFCs), which was quickly adopted.
- The agreement on the guidance to the TEAP task force for the scope of further work on its replenishment report issued in May 2020, which worked through a proposed text and agreed in the end to update the report with corrections, clarifications, and incorporation of the outcomes, and suggestions for additional analyses, including economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, were not agreed to, noting the travel and meeting restrictions, as well as the time constraints to complete this work, concluding on the guidance to the TEAP.
Mindful of the late hour for some delegates, the first session was closed and will reconvene online in July 2021 to discuss CFC-11 and energy efficiency.
For more information, visit the UNEP Ozone Secretariat website: https://ozone.unep.org/parties-montreal-protocol-continue-online-discussions-replenishment-multilateral-fund