October 4, 2010

Out of the Maze: Montreal Protocol, Climate Benefits and the Green Economy

Filed under: climate, Environmental Crime, INECE Secretariat — Tags: — inece @ 7:15 pm

A Special Edition of the OzonAction Newsletter, Out of the Maze: Montreal Protocol, Climate Benefits and the Green Economy [large pdf], features 15 articles that profile aspects of the success of the Montreal Protocol and “lessons it holds for the global environment agreements of today.” Themes of the publication include: the “wider benefits” of the Montreal Protocol with respect to climate change, the relationship between ozone depletion and biodiversity loss, the benefits of the Protocol to supporting the green economy, and country lessons from implementing aspects of the agreement.

The Newsletter contains a feature on illegal trade in ozone depleting substances, “Resurgence of Trade in Ozone-Depleting Substances – HCFCs this Time,” by EIA President Allan Thornton, which explores how the “lessons learned from combating illegal trade in CFCs [can] be applied to ensure that the growing illicit trade in HCFCs is stopped.”

The Newsletter also features an article by Stephen O. Andersen, K. Madhava Sarma, and INECE Secretariat Director Durwood Zaelke,  “The Montreal Protocol Can Deliver Fast Action on Climate,” which calls for the use of “our best-performing institution – the Montreal Protocol – to take fast action to reduce threats to the climate and buy time for a strong multilateral agreement focused on carbon dioxide.”

Former Head of the UNFCCC Secretariat, Yvo de Boer; Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action; and Maldives President, Mohamed Nasheed, among others, contributed articles to the publication.

The OzonAction Newletter produced by the OzonAction Branch is a tri-annual publication dedicated to the protection of the ozone layer and implementation of the Montreal Protocol. Since 1987 the OzonAction Newsletter has played an essential role in providing the excellent record of authentic, policy-relevant and consistent messages that contributed to the progress that Parties to the Montreal Protocol have achieved.

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Sadly, K. Madhava Sarma passed away last week in Chennai, India. Much of the success of the Montreal Protocol ozone treaty is due to his dedication, sound leadership, and diplomatic nature. During his nine years as Executive Secretary of the Montreal Protocol Secretariat he served the Parties through the turbulent Meetings of the Parties in Copenhagen, Vienna, Montreal, and Beijing – including three replenishments of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. He streamlined the administration of the institutions of the Protocol, the reporting requirements, and other administrative obligations so that Parties could devote their full attention to resolving challenging political issues. Even in his retirement, Sarma continued to lend his full support and expertise to the process by serving as a member of the treaty’s Technology and Economic Assessment Panel.

One of Sarma’s many unique qualities was his bright disposition, refusing to be discouraged even when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Sarma always embodied a spirit of optimism, strength, and confidence that there was a way forward through trust and cooperation; that spirit will continue to live on in the Montreal Protocol and ozone community.  UNEP DTIE OzonAction prepared a tribute and a video reflection on his work.

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