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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2007

Theme: Celebrating 20 Years of Progress in 2007

    16 September will mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol, the landmark international treaty to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. To date, 191 countries have signed the Protocol, which prompts countries to phase out the production and consumption of ozone depleting chemicals.

The Montreal Protocol has been hailed as perhaps the most successful international treaty to date and provides a message of hope for working cooperatively to solve major environmental problems.

In recognition of the importance of the Montreal Protocol and its works, various activities are being planned by regions/countries world-wide to celebrate this event and to further raise awareness on ozone layer protection.

The city of Montreal, Canada, where the Protocol was first signed, will host the 20th anniversary of this multilateral environmental agreement. For further information, click here.

Everyone in the global Montreal Protocol Community should do something to celebrate the 20th anniversary. To help you plan your activities, below are some suggestions:

UN Secretary General's message for International Ozone Day

"Twenty years later, the developed world has nearly phased out these substances. And their use in the developing world has plummeted by over 80 percent. I congratulate all Parties to the Montreal Protocol for this remarkable achievement. Their vision and commitment have translated into real gains."

For entire message click on language: Arabic | English | French | Spanish | Russian.

Letter to National Ozone Units

This letter from Rajendra Shende, Head of the OzonAction Branch provides practical suggestions and ideas on what National Ozone Officers can do to achieve greater success in their celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol.

Read the letter.

The OzonAction webcast

In addition, the OzonAction webcast, is a short video clip by the OzonAction team which conveys a 20th Anniversary message and presents the new Public Service Announcements (PSAs), A Kid's Dream, The Drummers and the Ozzy Ozone Game.

See the OzonAction webcast video

A Kid's Dream

A Kid's Dream is a 30 seconds video clip that was mainly developed to be used by countries' National Ozone Units for general awareness raising purposes. It is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Click here to view video clips

The Drummers

The Drummers is a 30 seconds video clip that was developed mainly to be used in global, regional or national television and to be broadcast to the larger audience. It is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Click here to view video clips

Ozzy Ozone Game

The Ozzy Ozone board game is as much informative as fun. The colourful game in a form of “snakes and ladders” initiates the children to Ozzy’s world and gives a lot of information of the issue as well as examples of good actions to take and actions to avoid. The game is downloadable and can be printed on A3 sized paper.

Play the Ozzy Game: English | French | Spanish

Useful Links

Children's Paintings
The Children's paintings from UNEP's 1998 Children's Painting Competition can inspire other children to paint or draw similar images based on their own understanding of the hole in the sky.

Click here to see the gallery

OzonAction Education Pack
The OzonAction Education Pack is a useful kit which contains an entire teaching and learning programme, based on basic knowledge, practical skills and participation for students to learn about concrete and simple solutions to protect the ozone layer and safely enjoy the sun.

More about the OzonAction Education Pack

  • Montreal Protocol Agreement created: Share with others this short historical video clip produced by CBC on the signing of the Montreal Protocol in September 1987.
  • How countries plan to celebrate the 20th Anniversary. Get ideas on what some countries are planning for this memorable occasion. You may also like to see how countries celebrated International Ozone Day in previous years.
  • Video library: Browse through our video library which includes a selection of videos which you may find interesting to use for your celebration.
  • Audio material: Countries and organisations have produced ozone related songs which you may use to liven the ambiance of your activities. Play them on the radio, at workshops and conferences, and during public events.
  • Quotes: We have a large collection of quotes/statements made by key people in the Montreal Protocol community that you may find useful for including in speeches, handouts, publications, articles etc.
  • Awards/Contests: The Ozone Secretariat has organised a competition in honour of the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. Please partcipate in this contest and spread the word to those who may be interested.
  • Ozone Layer Protection Questions and Anwsers: 20 Sessions for the 20th Anniversary. Ask the expert questions on what you would like to know about ozone layer protection.
  • 20th Anniversary Report: In recognition of the Protocol's accomplishments the United States Environment Protection Agency (USEPA) has produced a report, 'Achievements in Stratospheric Ozone Protection'. This report covers the important and substantial achievements of the people, programs, and organizations that are working to protect the Earth’s ozone layer