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Nation marks International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer on Sept 16

Tacloban City (September 14) -- The United Nations' (UN) International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated on September 16 every year. This event commemorates the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987.

This year's theme is "Ozone layer protection: governance and compliance at their best" calls on countries to recognize "the central role of good governance in pursuit of environmental goals," as the world marks the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on September 16.

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, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement issued on September 13.

The Montreal Protocol has been recognized around the world as the most effective multilateral environmental treaty ever implemented. It has been hailed as a shining example of successful international cooperation and partnership to protect the global commons and the global community.

Fundamental to the process has been good governance enabling successful implementation of and compliance with the provisions of the Protocol, which have in turn generated trust, confidence and commitment at all levels to continue to meet further challenges.

By the end of 2009, the Montreal Protocol had resulted in the elimination of over 98 per cent of historical levels of ozone-depleting substances.

Another important milestone for the Montreal Protocol was 1 January 2010, the date by which the parties operating under paragraph 1 of Article 5were to phase out the production and consumption of chlorofluorocarbons, halons, carbon tetrachloride and other fully hydrogenated ozone-depleting substances.

Based on the trends observed in the production and consumption data submitted by parties to date and the phase-out efforts and activities implemented, including under the Multilateral Fund, there is every reason to believe that the 2010 phase-out goals have been achieved by most Article 5 parties.

To celebrate International Ozone Day, your Government is encouraged to engage in activities at the national or regional level focusing on this year's theme and its significance.

In past years, parties have organized interesting events to raise public awareness of the importance of protecting the ozone layer for present and future generations.

These have included workshops, press conferences, competitions in schools, and university lectures by experts. (PIA 8) [top]

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