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Revised contingency plan for the 2021 meetings of the ozone treaties


Contingency letter sent 28 June 2021 EN  | FR   | SP  

Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, travel constraints and the varied global progress of vaccination programmes, it has become evident that it will still not be possible to convene any large-scale in-person meetings. Therefore, it has been decided that the combined twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (part II) and Thirty-Third Meeting of the Parties (COP12(II)/MOP33) will be held online.

Following the successful online COP/MOP last year, the COP12(II)/MOP33 this year will be organized again online respecting the rules of procedure and the principles that guide intergovernmental meetings under the ozone treaties. These include the provision of interpretation in the official languages of the United Nations and assistance with internet connectivity, including providing additional assistance to Article 5 parties, where required.

The online COP12(II)/MOP33 will be held from 23 to 29 October 2021. The sixty-seventh meeting of the Implementation Committee will be held on 20 and 21 October 2021 and the meeting of the Bureaux of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the Thirty-Second Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on 22 October 2021.

The first six days of COP12(II)/MOP33 will comprise the preparatory segment of the meeting. The high-level segment will take place on the seventh day of the meeting.

Each day of the preparatory segment will consist of a plenary session from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. (Nairobi time (UTC +3)), and contact group(s) will be organized from 4.15 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. maximum (Nairobi time (UTC +3)).

The high-level segment will run from 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (Nairobi time (UTC +3)) on 29 October 2021.

As the online format poses significant challenges associated with time zones and conducting negotiations, the agenda of the COP12(II)/MOP33 will be reduced. The Provisional Agenda can be accessed in the meeting webpage here.

Due to the scaled-down meeting, preparatory work will be organized on some issues through an online forum for reviewing and commenting on selected documents and draft decisions; and informal meetings and briefing sessions on other selected issues on the agenda.

Online forum tabs (13 September to 4 October) will be created for the following issues:

  • Financial reports and budgets of the trust funds for the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol;
  • Vienna Convention issues;
  • Updated replenishment report;
  • Gaps in monitoring of controlled substances;
  • Critical-use nominations; and
  • Energy efficiency.

Relevant reports and documents including any draft decisions, will be posted in the forum to enable parties to review them and post comments.

Online informal and briefing meetings (5 to 19 October) will also be organized, specifically, two informal meeting sessions, for the budget discussion, and a briefing meeting for each of the following three issues: Vienna Convention issues; updated replenishment report; and 2021 progress report of TEAP (volume 1 of 2021 TEAP report).

Relevant reports and documents will be made available in the online forum under appropriate tabs to enable parties to post comments.

Informal and briefing meetings are envisaged to be organized after the closing of the online forum and before the COP12(II)/MOP33 take place. Each meeting will run from 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. maximum (Nairobi time (UTC +3)) from 5 to 19 October 2021.

  • Informal meeting (two sessions) on financial reports and budgets (11 and 14 October 2021)
  • Briefing meeting (one session) on the Vienna Convention issues (Ozone Research Managers and Trust Fund for research and systematic observation) (5 October 2021)
  • Briefing meeting (one session) on the 2021 progress report of the TEAP (7 October 2021)
  • Briefing meeting (one session) on the updated replenishment report by the TEAP task force (18 October 2021)

Parties are urged to consult in their regional groups and appropriate constituencies prior to COP12(II)/MOP33 to nominate representatives to serve in the Montreal Protocol bodies for 2022 and as officers (the Bureau) of MOP33. The Secretariat will be happy to assist parties to organize virtual regional consultations, as needed, with the focal points for the regions available in the meeting portal for COP12(II)/MOP33 in due course.