The Ozone Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
Sound management of chemicals is regarded by UNDP as an important component of the global poverty reduction effort. As an implementing agency of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Quick Start Programme Trust Fund, and a multitude of bilateral donors, UNDP is working with a broad range of partners, including governments, industry, technical associations, agricultural institutes, academia and civil society, to help developing countries and countries with economies in transition adopt and implement strategies that target environmental preservation and sustainable development and aim to achieve the objectives of chemical-related multilateral environmental agreements.
The UNEP DTIE Branch helps developing countries and countries with economies in transition to achieve and sustain compliance with the Montreal Protocol. With its program's assistance, countries are able to make informed decisions about alternative technologies and ozone-friendly policies.
The World Bank is one of four implementing agencies with which countries can partner to access MLF funding.
The Multilateral Fund was established by a decision of the Second Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol and began its operation in 1991. The main objective of the Multilateral Fund is to assist developing country parties to the Montreal Protocol whose annual per capita consumption and production of ozone-depleting substances is less than 0.3 kg to comply with the control measures of the Protocol. Currently, 146 of the 196 Parties to the Montreal Protocol meet these criteria.