UNEP, through its OzonAciton Programme under the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, is one of the four Implementing Agencies that provides assistance to developing countries which are a Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP), also known as Article 5 countries. This assistance is geared to help A-5 countries meet their compliance requirements under the Protocol.
In 2002, through the Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP), OzonAction reinvented its approach in delivering services such that the Parties are given quicker access to guidance and information and are given greater ownership of the projects through proactive participation. This was made possible by decentralizing project management from Paris to the Regional Offices in Mexico City (for Latin America and the Caribbean region), Bangkok (for Southeast Asia and the Pacific region), Nairobi (for Africa) and Bahrain (for West Asia region). In 2005, a new regional network has also been established to cover Parties from Eastern Europe and Central Asia and is currently operating from the Paris office
The Capacity Building Team (CBT) was given the mandate to oversee and monitor the implementation of projects and activities aimed at enabling the Parties to meet its compliance commitments. The team in Paris acts as a central liaising unit with the other Implementing Agencies and the Ozone and Fund Secretariats.
Within the CAP team, the Paris office facilitates inter-regional coordination of capacity building activities to ensure consistency in the modality and standard of delivery in all the regions. Information and data from the regions are gathered and consolidated in Paris prior to submission to the Secretariats or dissemination to relevant agencies.
On a regional level, the CAP teams, with their proximity to the countries, are able to respond and provide assistance more quickly to the Parties. The regular interaction with country representatives enables the regional teams to identify the needs and develop regional or national initiatives to facilitate and expedite compliance with the MP measures. Furthermore, the constant flow of information between Paris and the Regional Offices enables the team to keep abreast with developments and the status of progress in all aspects of implementation thereby contributing to and ensuring productivity and efficiency.