Status of initiative: On track
Description/achievement of initiative

Under the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer, countries worldwide are taking specific, time-targeted actions to reduce and eliminate the production and consumption of man-made chemicals that destroy the stratospheric ozone layer, Earth’s protective shield. The objective of the Montreal Protocol is to phase out ozone depleting substances (ODS), which include CFCs, halons, methyl bromide, carbon tetrachloride, methyl chloroform, and HCFCs. One hundred ninety-six governments have joined this multilateral environmental agreement and are taking action. The UNEP DTIE OzonAction Branch assists developing countries and countries with economies in transition (CEITs) to enable them to achieve and sustain compliance with the Montreal Protocol. With our programme's assistance, countries are able to make informed decisions about alternative technologies and ozone-friendly policies.The Branch has the distinction of implementing more than 1,000 projects and services that benefit of more than 100 developing countries and 7 CEITs, plus other services that assist another 40 developing countries..Under the programme, all SIDS have already started action on the phase-out of ozone-depleting substances, and have stated national assessment of the past and future use demand for HFC.

Implementation methodologies

OzonAction has three areas of work:-Assisting developing countries in UNEP's capacity as an Implementing Agency of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, through a Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP).-Assiting CEITs in UNEP's capacity as an Implementing Agency of the Global Environment Facility.-Specific partnerships with bilateral agencies and Governments. The Governments of the Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have also provided bilateral support to UNEP over and above their contribution to the Multilateral Fund to undertake specific projects.UNEP's partnerships under the Montreal Protocol contribute to the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals and implementation of the Bali Strategic Plan1.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Partners: Governments: UNEP-Montreal Protocol Compliance Programme works and supports all SIDS in sustaining Montreal Protocol Compliance. Australia | Multilateral Fund | Canada | Multilateral Fund | Czech Republic | Green Customs | | Multilateral Fund | European Commission | Mobile air conditioning | | Multilateral Fund | Finland | Green Customs | | Mobile air conditioning | | Multilateral Fund | Germany/GTZ Proklima | Multilateral Fund | | Solar Chill | Italy | Multilateral Fund | Japan | Multilateral Fund | Netherlands | Multilateral Fund | New Zealand | Multilateral Fund | Norway | Green Customs | Sweden/Stockholm Environment Institute | Multilateral Fund | United States of America/USEPA | Mobile air conditioning | | Multilateral Fund | International agencies Basel Convention Secretariat | Green Customs | Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat | Green Customs | CITES | Green Customs | FAO | Global Environment Facility | GEF Secretariat | Global Environment Facility | Interpol | Green Customs | Multilateral Fund Secretariat | Multilateral Fund | Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons | Green Customs | Ozone Secretariat | Green Customs | | Multilateral Fund | Rotterdam Convention Secretariat | Green Customs | Stockholm Convention Secretariat | Green Customs | UNDP | Global Environment Facility | | Multilateral Fund | UNESCO | Education | UNICEF | Solar Chill | UNIDO | Multilateral Fund | World Customs Organisation | Green Customs | World Health Organisation | Education | | Solar Chill | World Bank | Global Environment Facility | | Multilateral Fund | NGOs Eco-Schools | Education | Environmental Investigation Agency | Multilateral Fund | Environment Online | Education | Greenpeace | Refrigerants, Naturally | | Solar Chill | Institutions Danish Technological Institute | Solar Chill | Programs for Appropriate Technologies in Health | Solar Chill | Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme - SPREP | Multilateral Fund | TERI | Mobile air conditioning | Private sector Air India | Airlines | Air Mauritius | Airlines | Air Namibia | Airlines | Air Senegal | Airlines | British West Indies Airlines | Airlines | Coca Cola Company | Refrigerants, Naturally | Danfoss | Solar Chill | Delphi | Mobile air conditioning | Fiat Research Centre | Mobile air conditioning | Finnair | Airlines | General Motors | Mobile air conditioning | McDonald's Corporation | Refrigerants, Naturally | TAP | Airlines | Unilever | Refrigerants, Naturally | Varig | Airlines | Vestfrost | Solar Chill | UNEP Divisions Division of Environmental Conventions | Green Customs | UNEP Regiona Offices/Division of Regional Cooperation Pacific Islands Fisheries Forum Agency South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme Fiji National University Refrigeration Associations (national and international)
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 9
9.a - Facilitate sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and technical support to African countries, least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
Goal 12
12.4 - By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment
12.6 - Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle
12.7 - Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities
12.a - Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production
Goal 13
13.2 - Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
13.b - Promote mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change-related planning and management in least developed countries and small island developing States, including focusing on women, youth and local and marginalized communities

* Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international,
intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change.
Goal 17
Technology -
17.6 - Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
17.7 - Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
Capacity-Building -
Systemic issues - Policy and Institutional coherence
17.14 - Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
Resources devoted to implementation
Progress reports
  • 2016 (11 August 2016)
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: ongoing
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Artie Dubrie ,

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