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South-South cooperation in Mongolia - Train-the-Trainers Workshop to enforce laws on ODS

Ulaanbaatar, 25 June 2012 – China, Iran and Mongolia demonstrated the usefulness of cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region when they joined forces to conduct a three-day “Enforcement Training on the Montreal Protocol” which opened today in Ulaanbaatar.

Group photo during the Train-the-trainers workshop in MongoliaChina, the largest producer and supplier of HCFCs, an ozone-depleting chemical, used in the air-conditioning, refrigeration and foam sectors in Mongolia, is cooperating with the National Ozone Authority (NOA) of Mongolia in monitoring and reporting the import-export of this substance and in combating illegal trade.

Representatives from China Customs, Mr. Liu Ning and Ms. Sun Fangjuan, are attending the workshop as trainers and resource persons, and an officer from the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Amir Radfar, is also attending as one of the lead trainers.  Representatives of Customs and Enforcement departments of Mongolia, the Ministry of Nature, Environment & Tourism, General Agency for Specialized Inspection, General Customs Administration, Customs Divisions and Points and Customs Central Laboratory are participating in the training which is organized by UNEP OzonAction’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), in cooperation with the Government of Mongolia.

The objective of the workshop is to build the capacity of a number of enforcement officers in Mongolia, mainly from the Customs department, to prepare them for the nationwide training programme. The national training, meanwhile, is aimed at strengthening Mongolian enforcement officers to monitor and control trade in HCFCs efficiently, especially until 2020 when the government of Mongolia has committed to phase out 35% of HCFC consumption under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. 

“Five years ago, Parties to the Montreal Protocol agreed to accelerate the phase-out of HCFCs’’ said Mr. Atul Bagai, Senior Regional Coordinator of UNEP ROAP. ‘’Mongolia will adopt a staged approach and the first stage is to achieve 35% reduction of baseline consumption (2009-2010 average) by 2020 through its HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP). The UNEP OzonAction Branch, as the lead implementing agency of the HPMP, will assist Mongolia in reaching its targets and continuing its good track record of compliance to the Montreal Protocol,” he added.

Mongolia’s HCFC import and export licensing system has already been in place and operational since 2011. However, there is a need to strengthen control and build the capacity of customs officers and other key stakeholders to enforce the system, and ensure that illegal trade of HCFCs is prevented. In Mongolia, the Customs General Administration is responsible for the control of import and export of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and ODS-based equipment. Previously, it has worked with NOA for the implementation of the customs officers training programme for the phase-out of CFCs achieved in 2010.

Based on Mongolia’s HPMP, enforcement training will be conducted in two phases: Phase 1 will be the Train-the-trainers Programme at Customs points in Ulaanbaatar and other relevant institutions, and provide new ODS identifiers that are able to identify more HCFC blends. Phase 2 will be training for Customs points in provinces.

Mongolia’s HPMP is funded by the Multilateral Fund for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 4437 1454; Email: anne.fenner@unep.org.
Ms. Satwant Kaur, Regional Information Officer, UNEP, Tel: +662 288 2127/02 288 2314; E-mail: satwant.kaur@unep.org
Mr. Atul Bagai, Senior Regional Network Coordinator, OzonAction Programme, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and Pacific. Tel: +6622881662; Fax: +6622883041; Email: atul.bagai@unep.org.

Notes to Editors

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion. The treaty was opened for signature on September 16, 1987 and entered into force on January 1, 1989. Since then, it has undergone five revisions, in 1990 (London), 1992 (Copenhagen), 1995 (Vienna), 1997 (Montreal), and 1999 (Beijing). Due to its widespread adoption and implementation it has been hailed as an example of exceptional international cooperation "Perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date...”

The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol is managed by an Executive Committee which is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Fund. The Committee comprises seven members from developed and seven members from developing countries. The 2012 Committee membership includes Belgium, Canada, Finland, Japan, Romania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America (developed countries) and Argentina, China, Cuba, India, Kenya, Jordan and Mali (developing country members) and is chaired by Mr. Xiao Xuezhi (China). The Committee is assisted by the Fund Secretariat which is based in Montreal, Canada.