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Update: Contingency plan for the meetings of the ozone treaties in 2021

As we progress into the second quarter of 2021, it is evident that despite the increased roll-out of the various COVID vaccines, waves of increased infection rates resulting in national lockdowns continue to impede any possibilities of in-person meetings. As such, the Secretariat has further updated the contingency plan for the meetings of the ozone treaties in 2021 as follows:

Fourth Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, online, 21 May 2021

Replenishment of the Multilateral Fund for the period 2021–2023: payment of national contributions for 2021

The meeting will be held on 21 May 2021, with sessions from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Nairobi time (UTC + 3)). The parties will consider a draft decision that is aimed at facilitating the payment of national contributions to the Multilateral Fund in 2021 by some parties. An ExMOP4 meeting portal has been set up and meeting documents will be posted there as they become available. In addition, an online forum will be established, with dedicated tabs on replenishment to help parties with preparations for the online ExMOP4 and the online OEWG43.

A web-based online forum for replenishment (ExMOP4) to enable parties to comment on any draft decisions will be opened on 12 April and closed to comments on 3 May.

Forty-third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties (OEWG43): meeting on replenishment of the Multilateral Fund for the period 2021–2023: guidance to the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel task force on further work on the replenishment report, 22 and 24 May 2021

The first meeting under the forty-third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG43) will be a two-day meeting on the consideration of and discussion by the parties of guidance to the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) task force on further work on its replenishment report (issued in May 2020). Sessions will take place from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Nairobi time (UTC + 3)) on 22 and 24 May. An OEWG43 meeting portal has been set up and meeting documents will be posted on the portal as they become available.

An online forum for replenishment (OEWG43) to enable parties to comment on specific documents will be opened on 12 April and closed to comments on 3 May.

OEWG43: technical meeting on unexpected emissions of CFC-11, online, 14 and 15 July 2021

A technical meeting on unexpected emissions of CFC-11, comprising two substantially identical sessions to facilitate participation from different time zones, will be held on 14 and 15 July. The first session will take place from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. (Nairobi time (UTC + 3)) on 14 July, and the second from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. (Nairobi time (UTC + 3)) on 15 July. SAP and TEAP will present their reports and a discussion session will follow.

OEWG43: technical meeting on energy efficiency, online, 16 and 17 July 2021

A technical meeting on energy efficiency, comprising two substantially identical sessions to facilitate participation from different time zones, will be held online on 16 and 17 July. The first session will take place from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon (Nairobi time (UTC + 3)) on 16 July, and the second from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. (Nairobi time (UTC + 3)) on 17 July. TEAP will present its report and a discussion session will follow.

An online forum on CFC-11, energy efficiency as well as on critical-use nominations for methyl bromide to enable parties to comment and ask questions on the relevant reports of Assessment Panels will be opened on 31 May and will be closed to commenting on 21 June.

Sixty-sixth meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol, online, 12 and 13 July 2021

The sixty-sixth meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol will be held online on 12 and 13 July, with daily sessions from 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (Nairobi time (UTC + 3)), with a 30-minute break.

Eleventh meeting (part II) of the Ozone Research Managers, online, 19 to 23 July 2021

In consultation with the co-chairs of the eleventh meeting of the Ozone Research Managers (ORM), it has been decided that part II of the eleventh meeting will be held from 19 to 23 July, with daily sessions from 2.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (Nairobi time (UTC + 3)), with a 30-minute break. At the meeting, the Ozone Research Managers will discuss all the issues that they were expected to discuss in 2020.

Combined COP12(II)/MOP33

It is assumed, at this point in time, that an in-person meeting of the combined 12th meeting (part II) of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 33rd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (COP12(II)/MOP33) will be convened from 23 to 29 October 2021. The duration is extended to accommodate the deferred issues. The 67th meeting of the Implementation Committee and the Joint Bureaux meeting will be held as scheduled on 23 and 24 October 2021, respectively.

Below a summary of the online activities, also available in pdf print format