The Ozone Secretariat, based at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, is the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention and for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, both dedicated to the protection of the earth’s ozone layer. With 197 parties, they are the most widely ratified treaties in United Nations history, and have, to date, enabled reductions of over 97% of all global consumption of controlled ozone depleting substances.
The Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP) takes place once a year around November. This is where decisions are normally discussed and approved by the Parties. The preparatory segment of the 24th MOP is scheduled to be opened on Monday 12 November 2012, at the International Conference Centre, in Geneva. The meeting will be preceded by a seminar, to be held on Sunday 11 November, in honour of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Montreal Protocol.
A briefing by Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary of the UNEP Ozone Secretariat, and Blaise Horisberger, representing the host country, was organized by the Geneva Environment Network to present you the preparations, process, and main issues to be discussed during the 24th MOP. (see Marco Gonzalez presentation below)
Coffee & Tea
Welcome and Introduction
Jan Dusik, Acting Director, Regional Office for Europe, UNEP
24th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
Blaise Horisberger, Deputy Head, Biocides and Plant Protection Products Section, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (Host country)
Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary, UNEP Ozone Secretariat
Ozone Secretariat Website: http://ozone.unep.org
MOP24 Documents: http://conf.montreal-protocol.org/meeting/mop/mop-24/presession/default.aspx
Registration form: http://montreal-protocol.org/new_site/en/ozone-meetings-registration-form.php