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Ref:  Oz.Sec/MOP34/Decisions                                                                                                  Date: Le 30 décembre 2022

Madame, Monsieur,

Le Secrétariat de l'ozone a le plaisir de ci-joint, à votre aimable attention, une lettre du Secrétaire exécutive sur les décisions adoptées par la trente-quatrième Réunion des Parties au Protocole de Montréal. Cette lettre est envoyée à toutes les parties au protocole de Montréal, par les voies de communication officielles.

Cordialement, 

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Secrétariat de l'ozone
Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement
P.O. Box 30552-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Téléphone: +254 20 762 3611
mea-ozoneinfo@un.org
http://ozone.unep.org

Ref:  Oz.Sec/MOP34/Decisions                                                                                                  Fecha: 30 de diciembre de 2022

Estimado Señor, Estimada Señora,

La Secretaría del Ozono se complace en adjuntar, para su atención, una carta del Secretaria Ejecutiva sobre las decisiones adoptadas por la 34ª Reunión de las Partes en el Protocolo de Montreal. Esta carta se envía a todas las partes del Protocolo de Montreal, a través de los canales oficiales de comunicación.

Atentamente, 

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Secretaría del Ozono
Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente
P. O. Box 30552-00100
Nairobi, Kenia

Teléfono: +254 20 762 3611
mea-ozoneinfo@un.org
http://ozono.unep.org

Ref:  Oz.Sec/MOP34/Decisions                                                                                                  Date: 30 December 2022

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Ozone Secretariat is pleased to attach herein, for your kind attention, a letter from the Executive Secretary, with regard to decisions adopted by the Thirty-Fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. This letter is being sent to all the parties of the Montreal Protocol, through official channels of communication.

Yours sincerely, 

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Ozone Secretariat  

UN Environment Programme
P.O. Box 30552 (00100)  
Nairobi, Kenya  
Telephone: +254 20 762 3611  
mea-ozoneinfo@un.org  
www.ozone.unep.org 

Mass Communication Repository

Ref:  Oz.Sec./2022: Season's Greetings                                                                                                  Date: 23 December 2022

Dear parties to the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders,

2022 has proven to be a turning point. With global COVID-19 restrictions relinquishing their grip, we enjoyed travelling again, catching up with family and friends not seen in years, and of course, meeting again in person! 

Our first reunion in Bangkok, Thailand, for the forty-fourth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group was a highlight. It was so good to see each other and discuss in person. Despite the heavy agenda due to all the work that had been deferred from 2020 and 2021, great progress was made on many issues. Primarily the decision on the replenishment of the Multilateral Fund for 2021-2023, adopted immediately after the OEWG44 at the Fifth Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties.

The Thirty-Fourth Meeting of the Parties in Montreal, Canada, was also convened in person with a heavy agenda of issues passed on from the OEWG44 and three additional issues including the proposal submitted by Cuba on the revision of the HFC baseline as a result of COVID-19, alternatives to HFCs and safety standards. The meeting marked 35 years of the Montreal Protocol with a high-level roundtable discussion on the impact of the Protocol and its Kigali Amendment on the climate, and birthday cake at the  reception. All the work of 2022 culminated in the adoption of 24 decisions in total. Congratulations to you all!

As we bring 2022 to a close, I’d like to share a video highlighting some of the key outcomes and contributions by the parties; the Assessment Panels; the Multilateral Fund and its Secretariat and implementing agencies; and other stakeholders, in support of the Montreal Protocol this year. It is your continued commitment and dedication that have helped make this multilateral environmental agreement a success these past 35 years. Thank you! To access the review video of 2022, please click here

On behalf of the Secretariat, I would like to convey my season's greetings and wish you all a wonderful festive break with your loved ones. I hope that we have turned a corner this year and that 2023 will prove to be a continued return to a ‘new normal’, and that we shall see each other again for OEWG45.

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Megumi Seki Nakamura
Executive Secretary
Ozone Secretariat

UN Environment Programme
P. O. Box 30552-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: +254 20 762 3452
Email: meg.seki@un.org 
Website:  http://ozone.unep.org 

Ref:  Oz.Sec./Greening the Blue                                                                                                 Date: 22 December 2022

Dear Montreal Protocol parties and other stakeholders,

On 14 December 2022 the United Nations’ system launched its latest environmental sustainability report: Greening the Blue Report 2022. This edition of the Report reveals UN entities are accelerating their efforts on environmental governance and environmental training.

In alignment with the Strategy for Sustainability Management in the United Nations 2020-2030, Phase I: Environmental Sustainability in the Area of Management, the Greening the Blue Report 2022 provides UN system-wide and entity-level data for 2021 on environmental impact areas: greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate neutrality, waste, air pollution, water and wastewater, and biodiversity. As well as management functions: environmental governance, procurement, and human resources.

The Ozone Secretariat’s data is available online under ‘Greening our meetings’ and at https://www.greeningtheblue.org/entities/ozones

The deadline for UN entities to implement an environmental management system (EMS) is 2025. The Ozone Secretariat developed its EMS in 2021 and we started implementing it this year. For further information click here

As the deadline approaches, more and more UN entities are adopting and implementing their EMS. Improvements on environmental training were also seen in 2021. Between 2020 and 2021, where entities are providing environmental training and making it mandatory for all personnel. 

In 2021, the UN’s operations and facilities emitted ~1.2 million tonnes of CO2eq in total or 4 tonnes CO2eq per capita. The UN system’s GHG emissions by source were 29% from air travel, 56% from facilities, and 15% from other forms of travel. 

For the Ozone Secretariat specifically, it has been estimated that our operations and facilities have emitted 5 tCO2eq in total or 0.29 tCO2eq per capita, which is below the UN average. If we breakdown our emissions by source for 2021, 0% came from air travel, none from other travel, and the remaining 100% came from our facilities.

We are also pleased to announce that we are one of UN entities that were climate neutral for 2021, meaning that we offset 100% of our greenhouse gas emissions. This is the 8th year in a row that we are climate neutral.

Around 316 kg/person of waste was generated for the whole UN system in 2021. At the Secretariat, we generated an estimated 45 kg/person of waste. 

The average water consumption by the UN System in 2021, was 37 m3 per UN personnel per year. In comparison, it is estimated that we used around 15 m3 per person last year. 

For more information, please contact our Environmental Sustainability Focal Point Stephanie Haysmith stephanie.haysmith@un.org.

Yours sincerely,

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Megumi Seki Nakamura
Executive Secretary
Ozone Secretariat

UN Environment Programme
P.O.Box 30552-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Telephone: +254 20 762 3452
Email: meg.seki@un.org
Website:  http://ozone.unep.org 

Ref:  Oz.Sec/VCTF Monitoring                                                                                Date: Le 16 décembre 2022  

Madame, Monsieur,

Le Secrétariat de l'ozone a le plaisir de ci-joint, à votre aimable attention, une lettre du Secrétaire exécutive sur le Fonds général d’affectation spéciale destiné à financer des activités de recherche et d’observations systématiques au titre de la Convention de Vienne: rapport d’activité annuel et appel à contributions.

Veuillez noter que la version anglaise de cette lettre a été envoyée à toutes les parties le 23 novembre 2022.

Cordialement,

Secrétariat de l'ozone
Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement
P.O. Box 30552-00100
Nairobi, Kenya

Téléphone: +254 20 762 3611
mea-ozoneinfo@un.org
http://ozone.unep.org

Ref:  Oz.Sec/VCTF Monitoring                                                                                Fecha: 16 de diciembre de 2022  

Estimado Señor, Estimada Señora,

La Secretaría del Ozono se complace en adjuntar, para su atención, una carta del Secretaria Ejecutiva sobre el Fondo fiduciario general para financiar las actividades de investigación y observaciones sistemáticas de interés para el Convenio de Viena: actualización sobre los progresos anuales e invitación a que se realicen contribuciones.

Tenga en cuenta que la versión en inglés de esta carta se envió a todas las partes el 23 de noviembre de 2022.

Atentamente,

Secretaría del Ozono
Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente
P. O. Box 30552-00100
Nairobi, Kenia

Teléfono: +254 20 762 3611
mea-ozoneinfo@un.org
http://ozono.unep.org

Ref:  Oz.Sec/MOP34/Decision XXXIV/13                                                                                                   8 December 2022

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Ozone Secretariat is pleased to attach herein, for your kind attention, a letter from the Executive Secretary, with regard to decision XXXIV/13 - Collecting data to understand potential impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on hydrofluorocarbon consumption for Group 1 Article 5 parties.

Yours sincerely,

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Ozone Secretariat 

UN Environment Programme
P.O. Box 30552 (00100) 
Nairobi, Kenya 
Telephone: +254 20 762 3611 
mea-ozoneinfo@un.org 
www.ozone.unep.org

Cold chain
Sustainable Food Cold Chain

Of the total food produced for human consumption, an estimated 14 per cent is lost (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations [FAO] 2019), and an estimated 17 per cent is wasted (UNEP 2021), costing the global economy an estimated $936 billion a year (FAO 2014a).

The lack of effective refrigeration is a leading contributor to this challenge, directly resulting in the loss of 526 million tons of food production, or 12 percent of the global total, in 2017 (International Institute of Refrigeration [IIF/IIR] 2021a). This is enough to feed an estimated 1 billion people in a world where currently 811 million people are hungry and 3 billion are unable to afford a healthy diet (FAO 2022).

Ref:  Oz.Sec/VCTF Monitoring                                                                                Date: 23 November 2022  

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Ozone Secretariat is pleased to attach herein, for your kind attention, a letter from the Executive Secretary on the General Trust Fund for Financing Activities on Research and Systematic Observations Relevant to the Vienna Convention: annual progress update and invitation for contributions.

Kindly note that the translated versions of this letter in French and Spanish will be sent to the relevant parties in due course.

Yours sincerely,

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Ozone Secretariat 

UN Environment Programme
P.O. Box 30552 (00100) 
Nairobi, Kenya 
Telephone: +254 20 762 3611 
mea-ozoneinfo@un.org 
www.ozone.unep.org