ENB Vol. 19 No. 85 – Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and Twenty-third meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol – Issue #5

Earth Negotiations Bulletin

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A Reporting Service for Environment and Development Negotiations

Volume 19 Number 85 – Friday, 25 November 2011

COP 9/MOP 23 HIGHLIGHTS

Thursday, 24 November 2011

The high-level segment of COP 9 to the Vienna Convention and MOP 23 to the Montreal Protocol convened for its first day in Bali, Indonesia, on Thursday, 24 November 2011.

Throughout the day delegates convened in plenary throughout the day to hear high-level statements from heads of delegations.

Contact groups on replenishment, ODS alternatives, QPS use of methyl bromide, and process-agents and feedstocks worked throughout the day.

HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT

Patali Ranawaka, Minister of Environment, Sri Lanka, President of COP 8, emphasized the cooperative nature of participants in contributing to the successful implementation of the Montreal Protocol. He stressed the need for increased funding of research activities, citing Sri Lanka’s complete phase-out of methyl bromide in 2006 in its tea plantation as a result of research into alternatives.

Deborah Owens (UK), MOP 22 President, hoped delegates would negotiate in a spirit of compromise and consensus. On replenishment, she stressed the importance of sending positive signals to Article 5 countries to sustain their efforts to phase out HCFCs and other remaining ODS.

ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS

COP 9 elected by acclamation Mikheil Tushishvili (Georgia) as President, Alain Wilmart (Belgium), Marissa Gowrie (Trinidad and Tobago), Ezzat Agaiby (Egypt), as Vice Presidents, and Arief Yuwono (Indonesia) as Rapporteur.

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