As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact how we work for the foreseeable future, the Ozone Secretariat has reviewed the feasibility of the physical meetings of the ozone treaties scheduled for 2020-2021. After consulting the bureaux of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Thirty-First Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the co-chairs of the forty-second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG42), as well as after extensive informal consultations with parties, a contingency plan for the ozone treaties meetings to be held in 2020 and 2021 has been developed.
Forty-second meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG42)
The OEWG42 will not be convened as planned in Montreal from 13 to 17 July 2020. However, all the related meeting documents are being posted on the meeting portal as if the meeting were going to take place as scheduled. Instead, a technical online meeting on the presentation of the replenishment report by the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) task force will take place. This will comprise three identical sessions to accommodate the different time zones, from 14 to 16 July 2020, with simultaneous interpretation in the six official UN languages.
Parties can choose to participate in any or all of the above sessions. A report will be provided for all three sessions, and the sessions will be recorded. Observers will be invited to attend and may choose to join any one of the three sessions.
An online forum will be established to allow the registered representatives of the parties to review the report by the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel on the replenishment of the Multilateral Fund and to submit questions and comments. At the online forum, parties will also have the opportunity to review the report for the critical use nominations for methyl bromide prepared by the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee and submit their comments and questions online.
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The joint twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and Thirty-Second Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (COP12/MOP32)
Depending on the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Secretariat is preparing for the three following options:
- A face-to-face joint twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and Thirty-Second Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (COP12/MOP32) scheduled to take place in late November 2020.
- A shorter face-to-face COP12/MOP32 reduced in duration and in number of agenda items scheduled for 8 to 11 November 2020 in Montreal, Canada.
- No face-to-face COP12/MOP32 meeting in 2020 with a brief online session to address critical issues including a path forward for the replenishment of the Multilateral Fund, the critical use exemptions for methyl bromide and the budgets for the two Trust Funds for the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol.
The Secretariat will continue to monitor the evolution of the pandemic, consult the Bureaux and the parties, and inform the parties by the end of September 2020 at the latest of the decision regarding the meetings scheduled for the remainder of the year.