Ratification of Amendments to the Montreal Protocol: Angola wins the race despite late start
Nairobi, 11 July 2011 - Despite its late start, Angola takes a big leap forward as the UN treaty Depositary recently announced receipt of ratification documents for all the Amendments to the Montreal protocol on the protection of the Ozone layer at a go.
The ratification of all the Amendments to the Montreal Protocol will now clear the way for Angola to get all the assistance from the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol to get the remaining phase out of HCFCs and Methyl Bromide done in time.
The Government of Angola ratified the Montreal Protocol on 17 May 2000 but had prolonged difficulties in getting ratification of the subsequent amendments due to institutional and language issues. The Amendments were not available in Portuguese, thus limiting the capacity of the Parliament to review and analyze the proposal. Furthermore, the Members of the Parliament needed to be sensitized on the issue of Ozone Layer Protection and the importance of ratification.
Mr Antonio Matias, Angola's Coordinator of the National Ozone Unit addressing the 24 Eastern and Southern African countries during the Network Meeting of Ozone Officers in Mahe, Seychelles, on 20 June 2011, said "It may have been slow considering the many challenges that we faced but in the end we achieved the feat of getting ratification of all the amendments (London, Copenhagen, Montreal and Beijing Amendments) to the Montreal Protocol approved by the Parliament of Angola, all at once".
It is worth noting that some African countries that ratified the Montreal Protocol and some of the amendments much earlier had not succeeded in ratifying the subsequent Amendments.
'" I have seen the relentless efforts of the Government of Angola for the last few years to move steadily towards the ratification of the Amendments and at the same time implementing phase out activities to meet the 2010 target for total phase out of CFCs ,,,,," said, Rajendra Shende , Head of UNEP's OzonAction Programme.
This important milestone is a result of effective multilateral and South-South cooperation. Mr Matias worked based on information and awareness material made available by the UNEP's OzonAction Programme in Portuguese, with support from the Government of Portugal and Brazil. The Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP) regional team also provided him training as Montreal Protocol focal point for the Government of Angola, and the opportunity to network with other African countries to understand the ratification process.
For further information please contact:
Mr. Jeremy Boubie Bazye
Senior Regional Coordinator
UN GIGIRI, United Nations Avenue
G.P.O 00100 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel.: 254 20 7624281
Fax.: 254 20 7623165
Mr. Antonio Matias
Coordinator of the National Ozone Unit
Ministério do Ambiente
Edificio Atlantico No. 30, 4 de Fevereiro Avenue
BP 10566, Luanda
Tel : +244923 404351
Fax : +224912246747