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Item #d92sep107

At the July working group meeting held in Geneva, a majority of parties to the Montreal Protocol upheld the decision made at its April meeting (GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE DIGEST, News, June 1992) to phase out CFCs by 1996, as well as carbon tetrachloride and methyl chloroform. Timetables for eliminating other substances, proposed by UNEP Executive Director Mostafa Tolba at the start of the July session, remain to be settled. These include phasing out the production and consumption of CFC substitutes (HCFCs) by the year 2005, and a 50-percent phase-out of methyl bromide, a widely used pesticide, by the year 2000.

Several European countries created a controversy by unexpectedly proposing to merge the Protocol's Multilateral Fund, a mechanism for financial assistance to developing countries, with the Global Environment Fund administered by the World Bank. The idea was dropped following strong opposition from developing countries as well as from the U.S. A ministerial meeting of parties to the Protocol will be held November 23-25 in Copenhagen.

See Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 492, July 29, 1992 and p. 455, July 15; Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 3, July 24; Inside EPA, pp. 1, 8, July 24.

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