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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 $507,500 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 2014 and 2015

Developing countries (Article 5)

- China
- Comoros (the)
- Grenada
- Mauritius (Chair)
- Nicaragua
- Saudi Arabia
- Uruguay

Developed countries (non-Article 5)

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

Chair and Vice-Chair

Mr. Premhans Jhugroo (Mauritius) serves as Chair of the Executive Committee for one year beginning 1 January 2014 and Mr. John Thompson (United States of America) serves as Vice Chair.

The Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol endorsed the selection of Bahrain, Brazil, the Comoros, Egypt, Grenada, India and the United Republic of Tanzania as members of the Executive Committee representing parties operating under paragraph 1 of Article 5 of the Protocol and the selection of Australia, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States of America as members representing parties not so operating, for one year beginning on 1 January 2015. Mr. John Thompson (United States of America) would serve as Chair and Mr. Leslie Smith (Grenada) would serve as Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee for one year beginning on 1 January 2015.

 Meetings of the Executive Committe 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.

 Montreal Protocol meetings

Bangkok, Thailand, 20 - 21 April 2015
Workshop on Hydrofluorocarbon Management

Bangkok, Thailand, 22 - 24 April 2015
35th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

Geneva, Switzerland, 10 - 11 July 2015
54th Meeting of the Implementation Committee Under the Non-Compliance Procedure of the Montreal ProtocolPadlock for Password Protection

Geneva, Switzerland, 13 - 17 July 2015
36th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
 
 
 
 
See the Ozone Secretariat website for further details.
 
 

 Appointment of the Deputy Chief Officer of the Secretariat of the Multilateral Fund

28 November 2014. Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, announced the appointment of Mr. Andrew Ray Reed, as Deputy Chief Officer of the Secretariat of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. Mr. Reed has worked for the Fund Secretariat since 1992. He has extensive experience in negotiating agreements and reviewing projects in both the consumption and production sectors that provide assistance to developing countries in meeting their obligations to phase out ozone depleting substances. Mr. Reed put in place a robust system of monitoring and reporting for the US $3 billion financial mechanism that identified and led to the resolution of financial and project implementation issues. He created the Fund’s business planning system, which ensures an equitable distribution of funding to developing countries, provides guidance to the Fund’s implementing agencies in prioritizing their annual work programmes, and establishes funding allocations for the consideration of the Executive Committee. He developed methods for assessing the performance of the Fund’s agencies and their administrative costs. He has also advised the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on the triennial replenishment of resources for the Fund, issues related to developing countries under the non-compliance procedures, and the periodic evaluations of the financial mechanism. Having joined the Secretariat in its initial years, Mr. Reed contributed to building the foundation of the Fund, addressing the guiding principles for funding projects on the basis of the concept of incremental costs. Mr. Reed has a strong economic background, including degrees from Louisiana State University and the New School for Social Research in New York. His previous experience includes work for a ministry of a national government (Department of Transportation), a university environmental centre (Center for Wetlands Research), and a not-for-profit research institute (Gulf South Research Institute). Mr. Reed is a citizen of the United States of America from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
 

 News and announcements

  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

 UNEP Deputy Executive Director visits the Secretariat

Montreal, 1 April 2014 – Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Ibrahim Thiaw paid a courtesy visit to the Secretariat of the Multilateral Fund on 1 April 2014. Mr. Thiaw met with the Secretariat staff in their offices in Montreal. He took the opportunity to brief staff on the background to the first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) taking place in June 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya, and the role of UNEA as the new governing body of UNEP.  Mr. Thiaw highlighted the remarkable impact of the Montreal Protocol and its Multilateral Fund on human health and well-being, and stressed the importance of conveying that message to the wider community.
Mr. Ibrahim Thiaw joined UNEP in 2007 and was appointed as the Deputy Executive Director for UNEP  in August 2013.

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