The Regional Networks of National Ozone Units (NOUs) under the Multilateral Fund are a path-breaking mechanism for North-South and South-South cooperation, as intended in the Bali Strategic Plan.

Networking provides a platform for NOUs from Article 5 countries to exchange experiences, develop their skills and tap the expertise of their peers in both developing and developed countries. Conducted at the regional level, the Networking activity builds the Ozone Officers' skills for implementing and managing their national ODS phase-out activities.

Networking comprises of:

  • Annual and follow-up workshops,
  • Regular communication between UNEP and the Ozone Officers to provide information and assistance in resolving any difficulties encountered,
  • Thematic and contact group meetings,
  • Country-to-country cooperation.

The OzonAction Programme currently operates ten Regional Networks comprising 147 developing and 15 bilateral partners.

The Networks are administered on a day-to-day basis by Regional Network Coordinators who are based in UN Environment's Regional Offices in Thailand, Bahrain, Panama and Kenya, and also at UN Environment, Economy Division, Paris, France. The Networking activity is managed by the Network and Policy Manager based at UN Environment, Economy Division in Paris.

Networking activities have resulted in improved data reporting, policy making, refrigerant management plans and the development of peer pressure among ODS Officers to take early steps to implement the Montreal Protocol.