September 16, 2010

Celebrate the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Filed under: climate, UN System — Tags: , — inece @ 12:25 pm

September 16 is recognized by the UN as International Ozone Day, and the 2010 celebrations mark the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the ozone hole. Under the theme Ozone Layer Protection: Governance and Compliance at their Best, UNEP is celebrating encouraging Parties to  promote, at the national level, activities in accordance with the Montreal Protocol.

From Ban Ki-moon’s Statement:

This year, the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer highlights the central role of good governance in pursuit of environmental goals. In general, successful environmental agreements require a broad framework, clear targets and a gradual approach to implementation. Then, as governments gain confidence, they build on initial steps and set more ambitious goals. The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer – which last year achieved universal ratification – is an excellent example of this process.   Read the full statement here.

Throughout the week, UNEP is hosting a daily expert who will answer questions about the ozone layer — today’s expert is Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat, who will answer questions on the topic of “why the Montreal Protocol is the single most successful multilateral environmental agreement.” Visit the UNEP Ask-An-Expert Page.

UNEP OzonAction is providing new services and products for Article 5 developing countries to celebrate this important day. Through a new web site, countries can access resources, view image galleries, and discover what other countries have done in the past.

A recent article [pdf] by INECE Secretariat Director Durwood Zaelke acknowledges the great success of the Montreal Protocol, and urges further action to strengthen the Montreal Protocol to protect climate systems:

In 2007, the Parties agreed to accelerate the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in a decision that explicitly recognized the climate benefits of their actions. At the same time it was acknowledged that these climate benefits would only accrue if technologies and substances that replace HCFCs are as climate friendly as possible. To capture the full climate benefits of the HCFC accelerated phase-out, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with a high global warming potential  must be controlled now and in a manner that is consistent with HCFC regulation under the Montreal Protocol.

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