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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 12 May 2014 the contributions made to the Multilateral Fund by some 45 countries (including Countries with Economies in Transition or CEIT countries) totalled over US$ 3.21 billion.

The Fund has been replenished eight 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) and US $400 million (2012-2014). The total budget for the 2012-2014 triennium is US $450 million: $34,900,000 of that budget will be provided from anticipated contributions due to the Multilateral Fund and other sources for the 2009‑2011 triennium, and that $15,100,000 will be provided from interest accruing to the Fund during the 2012–2014 triennium.

Since the inception of the Fund, the Executive Committee has held 72 meetings. During these meetings, the Executive Committee approved the expenditure of approximately US $3.1 billion for the implementation of projects including industrial conversion, technical assistance, training and capacity building that will result in the phase-out of over 463,000 ODP tonnes of controlled substances once all these projects have been implemented. As of the end of December 2012, approximately 450,524 ODP tonnes had already been phased out.

To facilitate the phase-out by Article 5 countries, the Executive Committee has approved 144 country programmes, 139 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

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.


 Meetings of the Executive Committe in 2014

 The 73rd meeting will be held from 9 to 13 November 2014 back-to-back with the Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Parties in Paris, France.

 Montreal Protocol meetings

53rd Meeting of the Implementation Committee Under the Non-Compliance Procedure of the Montreal Protocol - Paris, France 14 - 15 November 2014
Bureau of the 25th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol - Paris, France, 15 November 2014
The Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol -  Paris, France  17 - 21 November 2014
See the Ozone Secretariat website for further details.

 News and announcements

  73rd meeting of the Executive Committee 9/8/2014
  Call for evaluation consultants (foam sector) 6/16/2014
  Multilateral Fund approves landmark project for China with ozone and climate benefits - up to US $385 million of funding over the next 17 years 4/22/2013
  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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