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 Welcome to the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol

The Fund is dedicated to reversing the deterioration of the Earth's ozone layer. It was established in 1991 to assist developing countries meet their Montreal Protocol commitments. It is managed by an Executive Committee with equal membership from developed and developing countries. The Fund Secretariat in Montreal assists the Committee in this task. Since 1991, the Fund has approved activities including industrial conversion, technical assistance, training and capacity building worth over US $3.6 billion.

The Multilateral Fund was established by a decision of the Second Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (London, June 1990) and began its operation in 1991. The main objective of the Fund is to assist developing country parties to the Montreal Protocol whose annual level of consumption of the ozone depleting substances (ODS) chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halons is less than 0.3 kilograms per capita to comply with the control measures of the Protocol. Currently, 147 of the 197 Parties to the Montreal Protocol meet these criteria. They are referred to as Article 5 countries.

The Multilateral Fund is managed by an Executive Committee with equal membership from developed and developing countries. The Fund Secretariat located in Montreal, assists the Executive Committee in this task. Projects and activities supported by the Fund are implemented by four international implementing agencies.

Contributions to the Multilateral Fund from developed countries, or non-Article 5 countries, are assessed according to the UN scale of assessment. As at December 2016 the contributions made to the Multilateral Fund by some 45 countries (including Countries with Economies in Transition or CEIT countries) totalled over US$ 3.6 billion.

The Fund has been replenished nine times: US $240 million (1991-1993), US $455 million (1994-1996), US $466 million (1997-1999), US $440 million (2000-2002), US $474 million (2003-2005), US $400.4 million (2006-2008), US $400 million (2009-2011), US $400 million (2012-2014) and US $437.5 million (2015-2017). The total budget for the 2015-2017 triennium is US $507.5 million: $64 million of that budget will be provided from anticipated contributions due to the Multilateral Fund and other sources for the 2012‑2014 triennium, and that $6 million will be provided from interest accruing to the Fund during the 2015–2017 triennium.

Since the inception of the Fund, the Executive Committee has held 79 meetings. During these meetings, the Executive Committee approved the expenditure of approximately US $3.6 billion for the implementation of projects including industrial conversion, technical assistance, training and capacity building that will result in the phase-out of 469,614 ODP tonnes of controlled substances once all these projects have been implemented. As of the end of December 2016, 488,909 ODP tonnes had already been phased out.

To facilitate the phase-out by Article 5 countries, the Executive Committee has approved 144 country programmes, 143 HCFC phase-out management plans and has funded the establishment and the operating costs of ozone offices in 145 Article 5 countries.

 Data Reporting and Institutional Strengthening

Developing countries (Article 5 Parties) have to report data (and other information) on the progress of implementation of their country programmes or their updates to the Fund Secretariat. Forms for reporting the progress of implementation of country programmes can be downloaded from the Countries section of this website.

 Membership of the Executive Committee in 2017

 
Developing countries (Article 5)

- Argentina
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cameroon
- China
- Lebanon (Vice Chair)
- Mexico
- Nigeria

Developed countries (non-Article 5)

- Australia
- Austria (Chair)
- Belgium
- Germany
- Japan
- Slovakia  
- United States of America

Chair and Vice-Chair

Mr. Paul Krajnik (Austria)  serves as Chair of the Executive Committee for one year beginning 1 January 2017 and Mr. Mazen Hussein (Lebanon) serves as Vice Chair.

 

 Meetings of the Executive Committee in 2017

 The 80th meeting of the Executive Committee  will be held in  Montreal from 13 to 17 November 2017, respectively. The 81st and 82nd meetings of the Executive Committee will be held in Montreal, Canada, from 18 to 22 June 2018 and from 3 to 7 December 2018, respectively. 

 Montreal Protocol meetings

 
Montreal, Canada, 18 November 2017 
59th Meeting of the Implementation Committee Under the Non-Compliance Procedure of the Montreal Protocol
 
Montreal, Canada, 19 November 2017 
Joint meeting of the Bureau of the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
 
Montreal, Canada, 20 - 24 November 2017 
Joint 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

See the Ozone Secretariat website for further details and confirmation.
 
 

 News and announcements

  Agenda for the 80th meeting of the Executive Committee 9/21/2017
  Consultant required - HFC23 expert services - Deadline 22 September 2017 8/31/2017
  Report of the 79th meeting of the Executive Committee 7/31/2017
  Reports of HCFC demonstration projects (updated 76th meeting) 7/27/2016
  Guides to preparing project proposals 3/18/2016
  All news items 9/16/2012

 Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol

Staff of the Fund Secretariat celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol with the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Mr. Eduardo Ganem, Chief Officer of the Fund Secretariat - September 2017
Mr. Eduardo Ganem, Chief Officer of the Multilateral Fund and Mr. Xie Zhenhua,  China’s Special Representative for Climate Change - September 2017