Launch of Video Contest to Celebrate 25 Years of Ozone Layer Protection Mon, Jun 4, 2012
Gothenburg/Nairobi, 4 June 2012 - Were you born on or after the historic date in September, 1987, when nations of the world came together to protect the endangered ozone layer?
If so, you have a chance to create a short video about this remarkable environmental achievement - and win attractive prizes including a trip to Geneva!
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching a global video competition for young people to produce a very short video on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in September this year.
The videos should highlight - in an engaging manner - any aspect of the Montreal Protocol and how its implementation has helped protect all life on Earth. It can focus on the local, regional or global levels.
"We invite young people growing up in an ozone-safe world to join us in celebrating this global accomplishment, which has been described as the single most successful international environmental agreement to date," said Mr Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary of UNEP's Ozone Secretariat, who is launching this competition today at the VolvoAdventure Finals, in Gothenburg, Sweden.
UNEP's Ozone Secretariat and OzonAction Programme want young people to make a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on ozone of not longer one and a half minutes in duration.
Entries can use live-action, animation, on-screen text or a combination of all these, supported by a soundtrack.
The videos may be in English, or in any other language with English subtitles. Entries without words are also eligible, so long as they convey the relevant messages through images.
The competition is open to nationals of all countries born on or after 16 September 1987. Each person can submit up to two videos.
The videos must be posted to OzonAction's YouTube website at: www.youtube.com/ozonaction
The last date for submitting online entries is 15 October 2012. Detailed entry guidelines are attached.
The global winners, selected by an independent international jury comprising of senior media managers and officers of UNEP Ozone Secretariat and OzonAction Programme, will be announced on 31 October 2012.
The first prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid roundtrip to Geneva, Switzerland, during the 24th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol which takes place from 12 to 16 November 2012.The second prize will carry a US$500 prize and the third US$300. Seven runners-up will receive UNEP certificates. The top 10 videos will be shown on the Ozone Secretariat's and OzonAction websites for a year. All who enter the competition will receive UNEP's Ozone Secretariat's certificates of participation.
For more information please contact:
Mr Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary, UNEP Ozone Secretariat, Tel: +254 20 762 3885, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Anne-Maria Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 4437 1454, Email: email@example.com.
OzonAction Programme: www.unep.org/ozonaction
Multilateral Fund: www.multilateralfund.org
Ozone Secretariat: www.ozone.unep.org
Notes to Editors
On 16 September 2012, countries around the world will celebrate International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The day commemorates when the Montreal Protocol was adopted in 1987.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system's designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.
Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion. The treaty was opened for signature on September 16, 1987 and entered into force on January 1, 1989. Since then, it has undergone five revisions, in 1990 (London), 1992 (Copenhagen), 1995 (Vienna), 1997 (Montreal), and 1999 (Beijing). Due to its widespread adoption and implementation it has been hailed as an example of exceptional international cooperation "Perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date..."
The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol is managed by an Executive Committee which is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Fund. The Committee comprises seven members from developed and seven members from developing countries. The 2012 Committee membership includes Belgium, Canada, Finland, Japan, Romania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America (developed countries) and Argentina, China, Cuba, India, Kenya, Jordan and Mali (developing country members) and is chaired by Mr. Xiao Xuezhi (China). The Committee is assisted by the Fund Secretariat which is based in Montreal, Canada.
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