11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 11) and 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 29) were held in Montreal from November 20 to 24, 2017.
These two international agreements have been repeatedly hailed as the most successful international treaties of all time being the first treaties in history to achieve universal ratification by all 197 countries registered at the UN. By joining efforts the international community worldwide has managed to phase-out about 99% of ozone-depleting substances.
The meeting was remarkable because it was held during the thirtieth anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, this year is also the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. It is indeed evocative that at this particular meeting it was officially announced that the Kigali Amendment had already been ratified by 21 countries, which would enable the Amendment to come into force.
The Ministerial Round Table dedicated to the achievements of the Montreal Protocol and its future developments was held on the 4th day of the meeting. The round table was attended by ministers and deputy ministers of Armenia, Canada, Estonia, Guatemala, Maldives, Rwanda, as well as by Mr. Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment. During the round table the Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia Mr. Khachik Hakobyan presented the most important achievements of the implementation of the Montreal Protocol in Armenia, the lessons learned that could relate to addressing other environmental issues, as well as possible ways to ensure the stability of the ozone layer observations and future plans on implementation of the Montreal Protocol.
In the evening of the fourth day, delegates were invited to attend the Ozone Awards Ceremony, honoring those who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment and contribution to the progress and achievements of the Montreal Protocol over the past 10 years in eight nominations. The National Ozone Unit of Armenia was awarded the “Youth Creativity Award” becoming the only awarded country in any nomination from the regional network of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This became possible thanks to the Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building program of the National Ozone Unit, implemented by UNIDO, particularly to one of its components on comprehensive awareness raising activity among students.
During the meeting the National Ozone Focal Point of the Republic of Armenia, Ms. Liana Ghahramanyan was elected as a Co-chair of the 11th Meeting of the Parties to the Vienna Convention.
During the meeting a photo exhibition of the winners of the International Photo Contest dedicated to climate change and protection of the ozone layer, organized by UNDP Uzbekistan, was held. The photo of Ms. Lusine Torosyan representing the Republic of Armenia, was awarded the first prize in “Ozone Layer and I” category. From now on Lusine's work will be installed in the office of Mr. Eduardo Ganem, Chief Officer of Multilateral Fund established for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol.