42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 42) - enb.iisd

Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat, welcomed delegates during this "strange and difficult time for all of us" as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on countries across the globe. Reminding delegates that the online technical session addresses the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) Replenishment Task Force’s report on the replenishment of the Multilateral Fund (MLF) for 2021-2023, she asked that as delegates consider the MLF replenishment needs, they bear in mind the need to "build back better" after the pandemic.

 

TEAP Task Force Co-Chairs Bella Maranion, Suely Carvalho and Shiqui Zhang presented their report, noting that the report takes into account, among others, the need to allocate resources for: the special needs of those countries whose consumption of ozone depleting substances is classified as low-volume-consuming (LVC) and very-low-consuming; developing country (Article 5) parties to achieve and/or maintain compliance with the Protocol’s control measures;  and Article 5 parties to comply with the Kigali Amendment on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). They provided an overview of the methodologies and scenarios used, including how Indicative figures for transitioning to low-or zero-GWP alternatives to hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) were obtained. They stated that for the triennium 2021-2023, the Task Force had estimated funding requirements to range from USD 376,697,000 to USD 808,706,000.

 

Despite some technical difficulties, delegates participating in the session were able to engage in a fruitful discussion with the Task Force and put forward their concerns and queries for further clarification.

 

During the discussion, parties called for estimates on HFC disposal costs to be included and urged further Task Force consultations on the needs of LVCs.

 

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20th Meeting of Parties (MoP20) of the CBFP from 3 to 5 June 2024 in Kinshasa, DRC: registration now open!

The French-Gabonese Co-Facilitation of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) is pleased to inform you that the 20th Meeting of Parties (MoP20) of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership will be held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, from 3-5 June 2024. If you wish to attend the 20th Meeting of Parties (MoP) of the CBFP and related events, please register before 05 May, 23:59, 2024 by completing the form below and clicking on the button “register”. It will not be possible to attend the meeting without a properly completed registration procedure.

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Call for Proposals of Side Events at CBFP MOP 20

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The Passing away of Mrs Sylvie Louisette NGO YEBEL Epse FOUNGA, Communication Expert at the Executive Secretariat of COMIFAC

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Information Note: 20th Meeting of Parties (MOP20) of the CBFP, 31 May - 5 June 2024, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

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CIDT: We’re recruiting for a Senior Consultant in Global Sustainable Development

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Ecological taxation How can a fiscal bonus-malus (feebates) mechanism be implemented?

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COMIFAC is the new CBD centre for technical and scientific cooperation in Africa and ranks 4th worldwide

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First Dialogue between the College of Donors and the Scientific and Academic College (SAC) of the CBFP: strong mobilisation and strengthening of cooperation between the two colleges

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CIFOR - Bioenergy sustainability in the global South: Constraints and opportunities

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ASP Congo: a workshop to rethink communication in the forest-wood sector and equip companies with tools - ATIBT

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Support for the private sector in Republic of Congo: a new video presenting the HSE policy and waste management of SFM and legality certified companies

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Participate in the survey to strengthen sustainable trade with Cameroon and prepare for the meetings at CIB

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CBFP partners celebrate the International Day of Forests 2024

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ADEFAC Project: Organisational diagnostics for training institutions

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RELEASE: World Resources Institute Welcomes Sharan Burrow, Johannes van de Ven and Cecilia Martínez to Global Board

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Training seminar for trainers in the wood trades: the ATIBT trains trainers in the development of wood finish modules

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STATEMENT: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Finalizes Climate Disclosure Rule -WRI

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CBFP’s side event on cross-border transhumance mobilises and makes waves at the 14th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Geneva

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CBFP and COMIFAC discuss the results of the 28th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

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UNEA6 side event – Joint Action Against Nature Crime: A Pathway to Achieving Biodiversity, Climate and Sustainable Development Goals

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New body aims to limit pollution’s deadly toll - unep

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Press release - Climate Chance Europe 2024 Wallonia summit adaptation to climate change, nature-based solutions and resilience

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