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 National ozone units

Implementing the Montreal Protocol is ultimately the responsibility of national governments. Recognizing this, the Multilateral Fund has provided funding to establish national ozone units within the governments of each recipient developing country. The funding is intended to enable the provision of at least one full-time staff member and to cover basic office and communication costs even for the smallest country.

Establishment of national ozone units has helped Article 5 countries to take ownership of their national ozone protection programme by providing a continuous link to the assistance under the Multilateral Fund, as well as a channel of communication to the agencies implementing Multilateral Fund projects.

Although most national ozone units were up and running by 1994, maintaining a national programme to phase out ODS constantly presents new technical and managerial challenges. The Multilateral Fund supported two initiatives to support the fledgling units as they assumed an increasing level of national responsibility. In 1993, the Government of Sweden initiated and funded a regional network for South-East Asia and the Pacific to enable national ozone officers from that region to meet twice a year, together with representatives from developed countries and implementing agencies, so providing a forum to discuss regional issues, disseminate information on and gather feedback on the policies of the Multilateral Fund. This peer support system proved successful and was quickly adopted by the Multilateral Fund. Today, there are ten regional or sub-regional networks, which form the backbone of a global ozone network, that includes 147 countries (4 countries from the Europe and Central Asia region are supported by GEF). 

As a second initiative, since 2000, the Multilateral Fund has funded UNEP’s Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP), which has enabled UNEP to relocate staff to the regions and deliver more timely advice and assistance to both individual countries and the regional networks.

 Reporting country programme data

The country programme is the first activity that the Multilateral Fund finances in an Article 5 country. It maps out the strategy and the action plan that the country will follow to eliminate the ODS consumption and production according to the Montreal Protocol schedules. The country programme is also the basis for the Multilateral Fund to finance projects and activities in countries.
Article 5 countries with a country programme present  annually to the Executive Committee information on progress made in the implementation of the country programme, in accordance with the decision of the Executive Committee on implementation of country programmes. The Secretariat uses these data when analysing the status of compliance of Article 5 countries.
Since April 2007, a web-based data entry system based on the country programme format for use by national ozone units has been available. Pursuant to decision 63/4(b)(ii), the Secretariat updated the web-based reporting system to remove CFC, CTC and halon from the year 2012 - 2019.
Thus, for reporting data from 2012 - 2019 the following link should be used: If it is not possible to use the web-based form, country programme data should be submitted using the data reporting forms in Microsoft Excel format for the appropriate year, which can be downloaded from this page.

The Fund Secretariat also developed a Practical Manual for Reporting in order to give ozone officers clearer advice and directions for completing these reporting forms. The manual was developed based on the earlier instructions on country programme data reporting, and also incorporates feedback received from ozone officers when reporting data for previous years. The manual is available as a file for downloading.
For more information, please contact the Secretariat.

 Guides prepared by the Secretariat

Updated guide presentation of stages II of HPMPs February 2022.docxUpdated guide for the presentation of stage II of HCFC phase-out management plans (February 2022)
GuideForKIP-PRP-Feb2022-rev.docxUpdated guide for project preparation of Stage I of Kigali HFC implementation plans (KIP) (April 2022)
MLF-IACM-2020-1-12.docxGuide for the preparation of stage I of HCFC phase-out management plans (HPMPs) (Updated, February 2020)
MLF-IACM-2020-1-13.docxGuide for the presentation of tranches of HPMPs (Updated, February 2020)
MLF-IACM-2020-1-14.docxGuide for the project preparation for stage II of HPMPs (Updated, February 2020)
MLF-IACM-2020-1-16.docxGuide for the presentation of tranches of HCFC production sector phase-out management plans (Updated, February 2020)
MLF-IACM-2020-1-17.docxGuide for the submission of institutional strengthening projects (Updated, February 2020)
MLF-IACM-2020-1-18.docxGuide for the submission of stand-alone HFC investment projects (Updated, February 2020)
MLF-IACM-2020-1-18 Annex II.xlsxGuide for the submission of stand-alone HFC investment projects (Updated, February 2020) - Annex
MLF-IACM-2020-1-19.docxGuide for the submission of enabling activities (Updated, February 2020)

 Institutional strengthening

MLF-IACM-2020-1-17.docxGuide for the submission of institutional strengthening projects (Updated, February 2020)
E_IS_Format.docxTerminal report and request for extension of institutional strengthening funding (as modified by decision 74/51)
F_IS Format.docFormat révisé des rapports finaux et des demandes de renouvellement des projets de renforcement des institutions (décision 74/51)
S_IS Format.docFormato revisado para los informes de terminación de fortalecimiento institucional y solicitudes de renovación de fortalecimiento institucional (decisión 74/51)

 Country programme data reporting resources

Arabic_Manual for CP data reporting_Dec 2019.docxCP Data reporting Guide in Arabic
Chinese_Manual for CP data reporting_Dec 2019.docxCP Data reporting Guide in Chinese
English_Manual for CP data reporting_Dec 2019.docxCP Data reporting Guide English
French_Manual for CP data reporting_Dec 2019.docxCP Data reporting Guide in French
Spanish_Manual for CP data reporting_Dec 2019.docxCP Data Reporting Guide in Spanish
English_Revised CP Data Format_Dec 2019.xlsData reporting from the year 2019 and beyond (English)
French_Revised CP Data Format_Dec 2019.xlsDonnées relatives aux programmes de pays et perspectives de conformité
Spanish_Revised CP Data Format_Dec 2019.xlsDatos de los programas de país y perspectivas de cumplimiento

 Relevant links

  Fund Secretariat's country programme data reporting system (from 2012 - 2019)
  OzonAction: Regional networks of national ozone units
  Handbook on Data Reporting Under the Montreal Protocol (UNEP)
  Handbook on Methyl Bromide Data Reporting Under the Montreal Protocol (UNEP)