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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 $3.6 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, 147 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 November 2017 the contributions made to the Multilateral Fund by some 45 countries (including Countries with Economies in Transition or CEIT countries) totalled over US$ 3.7 billion.

The Fund has been replenished ten 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), US $437.5 million (2015-2017), and US $500 million (2018-2020). The total budget for the 2018-2020 triennium is US $540 million: $34 million of that budget will be provided from anticipated contributions due to the Multilateral Fund and other sources for the 2015‑2017 triennium, and that $6 million will be provided from interest accruing to the Fund during the 2018–2020 triennium.

The Multilateral Fund has also received additional voluntary contributions from a group of donor countries intended to finance fast-start activities for the implementation of the HFC phase-down. As at 14 November 2017, additional voluntary contributions stood at US $14,010,089.

Since the inception of the Fund, the Executive Committee has held 80 meetings. During these meetings, the Executive Committee approved the expenditure of approximately US $3.6 billion for the implementation of projects including industrial conversion, technical assistance, training and capacity building that will result in the phase-out of 465,786 ODP tonnes of controlled substances once all these projects have been implemented. As of the end of December 2016, 488,909 ODP tonnes had already been phased out.

To facilitate phase-out by Article 5 countries, the Executive Committee has approved 144 country programmes, 144 HCFC phase-out management plans and has funded the establishment and the operating costs of ozone offices in 145 Article 5 countries.

The Executive Committee has also approved a total of US $12.5 million for projects for fast-start implementation of the HFC phase-down.

 

 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 2017 and 2018

2017 Membership

Developing countries (Article 5)

- Argentina
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cameroon
- China
- Lebanon (Vice Chair)
- Mexico
- Nigeria

Developed countries (non-Article 5)

- Australia
- Austria (Chair)
- Belgium
- Germany
- Japan
- Slovakia  
- United States of America

Chair and Vice-Chair

Mr. Paul Krajnik (Austria)  serves as Chair of the Executive Committee for one year beginning 1 January 2017 and Mr. Mazen Hussein (Lebanon) serves as Vice Chair.

2018 Membership

Developing countries (Article 5)

- Argentina
- Benin
- Dominican Republic
- Grenada
- India
- Lebanon (Chair)
- Nigeria

Developed countries (non-Article 5)

- Belgium
- Canada (Vice Chair)
- France
- Japan
- Norway
- Slovakia  
- United States of America

Chair and Vice-Chair

Mr. Mazen Hussein (Lebanon) serves as Chair of the Executive Committee for one year beginning 1 January 2018. Mr. Philippe Chemouny (Canada)  serves as Vice-Chair.

 

 Meetings of the Executive Committee in 2018 and 2019

 The 81st and 82nd  meetings of the Executive Committee will be held in Montreal, Canada, from 18 to 22 June 2018 and from 3 to 7 December 2018, respectively.   The 83rd and 84th  meetings of the Executive Committee will be held in Montreal, Canada, from 27 to 31 May 2019 and from 18 to 22 November 2019. respectively. 

 Montreal Protocol meetings

2018
 Vienna, Austria, 9th - 13th Jul 2018 -  40th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
Ecuador, 5th - 9th Nov 2018 (Tentative) -  30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
 
2019
 Venue to be decided, 1st - 5th July 2019 (Tentative) - 41st Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
Venue to be decided, 4th - 8th November 2019 (Tentative) -  31st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
 
2020
Venue to be decided, 29th June - 3rd July 2020 (Tentative) - 42nd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
Venue to be decided, 2nd - 6th November 2020 (Tentative) -  Joint 12th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 32nd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
 
See the Ozone Secretariat website for further details and confirmation.
 
 

 News and announcements

  Report of the 80th meeting of the Executive Committe 11/24/2017
  Documents for the 80th meeting of the Executive Committeee 10/16/2017
  Agenda for the 80th meeting of the Executive Committee 9/21/2017
  Report of the 79th meeting of the Executive Committee 7/31/2017
  Reports of HCFC demonstration projects (updated 76th meeting) 7/27/2016
  Guides to preparing project proposals 3/18/2016
  All news items 9/16/2012

 Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol

Staff of the Fund Secretariat celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol with the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Mr. Eduardo Ganem, Chief Officer of the Fund Secretariat - September 2017
Mr. Eduardo Ganem, Chief Officer of the Multilateral Fund and Mr. Xie Zhenhua,  China’s Special Representative for Climate Change - September 2017