Bali, Indonesia: November 25th, 2011. The joint th Meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the 23rd Meeting of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is currently taking place in Bali, Indonesia, from November 21st – 25th, 2011.

This meeting is being attended by several delegates from the 176 countries that have ratified the Montreal Protocol, as well as representation from several other interest groups and institutions.

Delegates from the Regional Network of the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti attending the meeting include Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Grenada is represented by National Ozone Officer, Mr. Leslie Smith.

During the preparatory segment of the meeting representatives from the Caribbean region were actively involved in co-chairing several of the contact groups established to negotiate draft decisions and Conference Room Papers (CRP).

One of the most significant contact groups established on the “Replenishment of the Multi-lateral Fund” was co-chaired by St. Lucia’s representative at the meeting, Ms. Donnalyn Charles. Trinidad and Tobago’s, Dr. Marissa Gowrie co-chaired the contact group that was negotiating “Treatment of ozone-depleting substances used to service ships. National Ozone Office of Grenada, Mr. Leslie Smith was another one of the Caribbean delegates that co-chaired the contact group that negotiated the draft decisions on “Additional information on alternatives to Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS)”.

This has been unprecedented for the region in all Montreal Protocol meetings to have three representatives involved in co-chairing contact groups. This follows representation of the region in recent years on some of the major committees and institutions within the Montreal Protocol Framework. Quite recently, Grenada was elected as President of the Bureau to the 21st MOP and member of the Executive Committee of the Multi-lateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol for two successive terms (2010 and 2011). St. Lucia has also been elected on the Implementation Committee for the period 2010 to 2011.

During the current meeting the region has also secured the Vice President to the COP for the Vienna Convention (Trinidad and Tobago) and an extension of St. Lucia’s term on the Implementation Committee (2012 – 2013). The region continues to gain the respect and admiration from the rest of the Montreal Protocol Community. All countries of the region has successfully phased-out the consumption of CFCs before 2010 and the region has been the first to submit data on annual ODS consumption to the Ozone Secretariat for several successive years.

The National Ozone Unit of Grenada extends congratulations to all for such outstanding achievements.

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