Friday, September 21, 2012

International Ozone Day

Dear Members,
We are pleased to share the main points highlighted in “International Ozone Day Marks Montreal Protocol’s 25th Anniversary(By: International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services,16th September 2012.) The article is available at: .
ü The Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer celebrated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September 2012.
ü The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) marked the Day with the release of a newsletter titled “Protecting Our Atmosphere for Generations to Come: 25 Years of the Montreal Protocol.”
ü The 24-page document summarizes key Montreal Protocol achievements over the past 25 years and highlights the current challenges faced.
ü It includes articles by Montreal Protocol Executive Secretary Marco Gonzales, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres.
ü In a message delivered to mark the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon drew links among efforts to mitigate climate change, the outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the Montreal Protocol.
ü He underscored that “the Montreal Protocol highlights the benefits of pursuing an inclusive Green Economy” and that “science-based policy making, the precautionary approach, common but differentiated responsibilities and equity within and between generations –can benefit all nations.”
ü He urged Governments and all partners to apply the same spirit to the other environment and development challenges.
ü Also to mark the Day, World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Michel Jarraud noted that since “many substances that deplete the ozone layer are also potent greenhouse gases (GHG), the Montreal Protocol has proved to be a double bonus for our atmosphere and climate system.”
Thanks and regards,
Ramesh Kumar Jalan, Ph.D.
Resource Person & Moderator
Climate Change Community, Solution Exchange,
United Nations Development Programme
55, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi-110003, India
Tel: +91-11-46532383 Fax: +91-11-24627612

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