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 National ozone units

Implementing the Montreal Protocol is ultimately the responsibility of national governments. Recognizing this, the Multilateral Fund has provided funding to establish national ozone units within the governments of each recipient developing country. The funding is intended to enable the provision of at least one full-time staff member and to cover basic office and communication costs even for the smallest country.

Establishment of national ozone units has helped Article 5 countries to take ownership of their national ozone protection programme by providing a continuous link to the assistance under the Multilateral Fund, as well as a channel of communication to the agencies implementing Multilateral Fund projects.

Although most national ozone units were up and running by 1994, maintaining a national programme to phase out ODS constantly presents new technical and managerial challenges. The Multilateral Fund supported two initiatives to support the fledgling units as they assumed an increasing level of national responsibility. In 1993, the Government of Sweden initiated and funded a regional network for South-East Asia and the Pacific to enable national ozone officers from that region to meet twice a year, together with representatives from developed countries and implementing agencies, so providing a forum to discuss regional issues, disseminate information on and gather feedback on the policies of the Multilateral Fund. This peer support system proved successful and was quickly adopted by the Multilateral Fund. Today, there are nine regional or sub-regional networks, which form the backbone of a global ozone network, that includes 147 countries (4 countries from the Europe and Central Asia region are supported by GEF). 

As a second initiative, since 2000 the Multilateral Fund has funded UNEP’s Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP), which has enabled UNEP to relocate staff to the regions and deliver more timely advice and assistance to both individual countries and the regional networks.

 Reporting country programme data

The Country Programme is the first activity that the Multilateral Fund finances in an Article 5 country. It maps out the strategy and the action plan that the country would follow to eliminate the ODS consumption and production according to the Montreal Protocol schedules. The Country Programme is also the basis for the Multilateral Fund to finance projects and activities in countries.
Article 5 countries with a Country Programme have to present information annually to the Executive Committee on progress being made in the implementation of the Country Programme, in accordance with the decision of the Executive Committee on implementation of country programmes. The Fund Secretariat uses these data when analysing the status of compliance of Article 5 countries.
Since April 2007 a web based data entry system based on the country programme format for use by national ozone units has been available.  Pursuant to decision 63/4(b)(ii), the Secretariat updated the web- based reporting system to remove CFC, CTC and halon for the 2012 reporting year and beyond.
Thus for reporting data using the web-based system for the year 2011 and earlier the following link should be used: while for reporting data for 2012 and beyond the following link should be used:  In the event that it is not possible to use the web based form, country programme data should be submitted using the data reporting forms in Microsoft Excel format for the appropriate year which can be downloaded from this page.

The Fund Secretariat also developed a Practical Manual for Reporting in order to give Ozone Officers clearer advice and directions for completing these reporting forms. The manual was developed based on the earlier instructions on country programme data reporting, and also incorporates feedback received from Ozone Officers when reporting data for previous years. The manual is available as a PDF file for downloading.
 For more information please contact the Fund Secretariat.

 Guides prepared by the Fund Secretariat

MLF-IACM.2016-2-21 Guide for preparation of ODS alternatives surveys.docxGuide for preparation of the surveys of ODS alternatives (re-issued)
MLF-IACM-2018-2-13  preparation stage I HPMPs.docxGuide for preparation of stage I of HCFC phase-out management plans (HPMPs) (Updated)
MLF-IACM-2018-2-17 presentation of HPPMP tranches.docxGuide for the presentation of tranches of HCFC production sector phase-out management plans (Updated August 2018)
MLF-IACM-2018-2-18-Guide IS.docxGuide for the submission of institutional strengthening projects (updated on 16 August 2018)
MLF-IACM-2018-2-19 HFC investment.docxGuide for the submission of stand-alone HFC investment projects
MLF-IACM-2019-1-13.docxGuide for the presentation of tranches of HPMPs (Updated, February 2019)
MLF-IACM-2019-1-14.docxGuide for project preparation for stage II of HPMPs (Updated, February 2019)
MLF-IACM-2019-1-15.docxGuide for the presentation of stage II of HCFC phase-out management plans
MLF-IACM-2019-1-19.docxGuide for the submission of enabling activities (Updated)
MLF-IACM.2016-1-21 Guide additional projects demonstrate climate-friendly.docxGuide for the preparation and submission of additional projects to demonstrate climate-friendly and energy-efficient alternative technologies to HCFCs, and feasibility studies
7577 Rev.1 - data sheets.xlsxGuide for the preparation of national surveys of ODS alternative - Data sheets for ODS alternative surveys

 Requests for institutional strengthening

S_IS Format.docS_IS FormatFormato revisado para los informes de terminación de fortalecimiento institucional y solicitudes de renovación de fortalecimiento institucional (decisión 74/51)
F_IS Format.docF_IS FormatFormat révisé des rapports finaux et des demandes de renouvellement des projets de renforcement des institutions (décision 74/51)
E_IS_Format.docxE_IS_FormatTerminal report and request for extension of institutional  strengthening funding (as modified by decision 74/51)
1952andc1.pdf1952andc1Guidelines for renewal of institutional strengthening projects
A1952andc1.pdfA1952andc1المبادئ التوجيهية لتجديد مشروعات التعزيز المؤسسي
S1952.pdfS1952Directrices para la renovación de proyectos de fortalecimiento institucional
F1952andc1.pdfF1952andc1Directives pour le renouvellement des projets de renforcement des institutionnel

 Relevant links

  Fund Secretariat's Country programme data reporting system (year 2012 and beyond)
  Fund Secretariat's Country programme data reporting system (years up to 2011)
  OzonAction: Regional networks of national ozone units
  Handbook on Methyl Bromide Data Reporting Under the Montreal Protocol (DTIE)
  Handbook on Data Reporting Under the Montreal Protocol (UNEP DTIE)

 Data reporting resources from the Fund Secretariat

Manual for CP data reporting_29_January-2015.docReporting of Data on Progress in Implementation of Country Programmes to the Multilateral Fund Secretariat
E-CP-formRevised_Jan-2013.xlsData reporting for the year  2012 and beyond (English)
F-CP-formRevised_Jan-2013.xlsCommunication des données à partir de 2012 (francais)
S-CP-formRevised_Jan-2013.xlsComunicación de datos desde el año 2012 (español)
E-CP-formRevised_23-2010.xlsData reporting up to an including the year 2011 (English)
F-CP-formRevised_23-2010.xlsCommunication des données jusqu’en 2011 inclusivement (francais)
S-CP-formRevised_23-2010.xlsComunicación de datos hasta el año 2011 inclusive (español)