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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 $3.0 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, 148 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 8 November 2014 the contributions made to the Multilateral Fund by some 45 countries (including Countries with Economies in Transition or CEIT countries) totalled over US$ 3.26 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 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 73 meetings. During these meetings, the Executive Committee approved the expenditure of approximately US $3.14 billion for the implementation of projects including industrial conversion, technical assistance, training and capacity building that will result in the phase-out of 463,814 ODP tonnes of controlled substances once all these projects have been implemented. As of the end of December 2013, approximately 453,771 ODP tonnes had already been phased out.

To facilitate the phase-out by Article 5 countries, the Executive Committee has approved 144 country programmes, 140 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 2015

Developing countries (Article 5)

- Bahrain
- Brazil
- Comoros (the)
- Egypt
- Grenada (Vice Chair)
- India
- United Republic of Tanzania

Developed countries (non-Article 5)

- Australia
- Belgium
- Italy
- Japan
- Russian Federation (the) 
- Sweden
- United States of America (Chair)

Chair and Vice-Chair

Mr. John Thompson (United States of America) serves as Chair of the Executive Committee for one year beginning 1 January 2015 and Mr. Leslie Smith (Grenada) serves as Vice Chair.

 

 Meetings of the Executive Committee in 2015

The Executive Committee decided to hold its 74th meeting in Montreal from 18 to 22 May 2015, and the 75th meeting back to back with the Twenty-seventh Meeting of the Parties at a date and venue to be decided.


Starts: 18 May 2015 at 10 a.m.
Ends: 22 May 2015 at 6 p.m.
Montreal, Canada,

 Montreal Protocol meetings


Paris, France, 20 - 24 July 2015
36th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

Paris, France, 27 - 28 July 2015
54th Meeting of the Implementation Committee Under the Non-Compliance Procedure of the Montreal Protocol

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 28 - 29 October 2015
55th Meeting of the Implementation Committee Under the Non-Compliance Procedure of the Montreal Protocol

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 31 October 2015
Bureau of the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1 - 5 November 2015
27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
 
See the Ozone Secretariat website for further details and confirmation.
 
 

 News and announcements

  Pre-session documents for the 74th meeting of the Executive Committee (May 2015) 4/15/2015
  Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Committed to Developing Countries for Ozone Layer Protection (link to UNEP website) 11/27/2014
  Report of the 73rd meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund 11/17/2014
  All news items 9/16/2012
Ozone Day 2014
Ozone Day 2014

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