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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2010

Theme: Ozone Layer Protection: Governance and Compliance at their best

  • The Secretary-General's Message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16 September 2010
    Sustainable development depends, in large part, on the implementation of agreed environmental goals, targets and objectives. Among the considerable number of multilateral environmental agreements agreed between states over the past 40 years, the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and, in particular, its Montreal Protocol stands out.
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Dear Ozone family members,

Let me wish you very happy Ozone Day. This year is special because it is the 25 th anniversary of the discovery of the Ozone Hole and it is aslo the year in which the world has put CFCs and other ozone depleting chemicals in history books. Nothing more than the extract from June 2010 report on the Millennium Development Goals and the message from the UN Secretary-General are needed to celebrate our collective labour today.

Yes, let us also resolve that the final chapter of Montreal Protocol to phase out HCFCs would also be a prominent chapter of the climate change that would be written with another set of success stories.
My best wishes,

Rajendra Shende
Head, UNEP DTIE OzonAction Programme

Useful Links

How countries celebrated International Ozone Day in 2010
Get ideas on how other countries round the world celebrated international ozone day last year.

Ozone Day 2010

The HCFC Help Centre offers information about the management and phase out of HCFCs.

Go to HCFC Help Centre

HCFC Poster
The HCFC poster is available in two versions; one with the English text with a space to add your national logo and the other without text for translation into your language. The size of the posters are also available in high resolution, large print and medium resolution, medium-size print.

HCFC poster with text - large | medium
HCFC poster without text - large | medium

HCFC Phase-out for Ozone and Climate Benefit
"JumpStart" project to encourage developing countries to expedite their compliance with the HCFC phase-out obligations and to adopt environmentally friendly alternatives to HCFCs.

Go to HCFC JumpStart

2010: The Reality of CFC-free world
As the first day of 2010 dawns, the world is waking up to a new reality, one springing from an unparalleled confidence in human ingenuity and a collective belief that "we can".

This date is a defining moment in the history of multilateral environmental agreements and a beacon of hope that success on seemingly insurmountable and challenging global environmental problems is achievable. This hope is echoed all over the world by the ministers, key officials, industries, academia and civil society.

Listen to these echoes, their resounding messages and images.

Trends Analysis: Consumption and Production of Ozone Depleting Substances in Developing Countries:
This improved version of the Trends Analysis is based on an interactive Flash module using a map-based interface, and it provides more precise year-wise data to the user. Based on official data reported by Governments to the Ozone Secretariat under Article 7 of the Montreal Protocol, the module presents country-wise analyses for the main substances controlled under the Protocol, i.e. chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HCFCs), halons, methyl bromide, carbon tetrachloride (CTC), methyl chloroform (MCF). The graphics can be exported by the user for use in publications and presentations.

Go to Trends Analysis

Ozone2Climate Times - Media Corner
This is a new webpage dedicated to Environmental Journalists and the Media on Interlinkages between Ozone and Clilmate Change.
Journalist Competition: UNEP OzonAction is pleased to announce a competition for young environmental journalists working in print media. The deadline for the competition is 10 October 2009.

Click here for further details on competition

Montreal Protocol Who's Who
A web portal intended to honor the visionaries, innovators and implementers who are making the Montreal Protocol a global environmental success story.

Read more about the Montreal Protocol Who's Who

2009 Reports on Ozone Day Celebrations
Get ideas on how other countries round the world celebrated international ozone day last year.

2009 Ozone day


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.

Click here to read the Quotes

Related Publications

Out of the Maze Montreal Protocol, Climate Benefits and the Green Economy.

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HCFC Policy and Legislative Options provides National Ozone Units and policy makers in developing countries with guidance on different policy options to control, monitor and reduce HCFC consumption in order to comply with these obligations. This publication is designed to support the development and implementation of national HCFC Phase-out Management Plans under the Protocol's Multilateral Fund.

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Guidance on the Process for Selecting Alternatives to HCFCs in Foams provides National Ozone Units and industry managers/owners guidance in selecting the appropriate alternative technology in the flexible and rigid foam sector. This publication is part of a larger set of enabling tools targeted to assist decision makers and industry players in meeting the accelerated phase out of HCFCs, and assisting key stakeholders in developing countries to make informed technology choices.

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Alternatives to HCFCs in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Sector provides decision makers in Article 5 countries, the end-users and the service technicians a comprehensive source of information on alternative technologies that can be adopted to phase out HCFCs in the RAC. The report contains a section on alternative technologies including technical aspects and information on current market situation in developed countries (Article 2 countries) and Article 5 countries. Another section covers a collection of industry case studies that exemplifies state-of-the-art solutions using different technologies for different market segments.

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OzonAction Communication Strategy for Global Compliance with the Montreal Protocol presents a path by which the Clearinghouse will evolve according to the ongoing political, environmental and communications trends, and develop and deploy new and efficient strategic approaches for Information, Communication and Education (ICE) delivery to Article 5 countries.

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Manual for Refrigeration Servicing Technicians - This manual is aimed at those who are involved in training and organisation of service and maintenance of refrigeration and air-conditioning (RAC) systems. The material within this manual may be used for developing training resources or as training course as well as general guidance and information for technicians on issues that are closely related to the use and application of alternative refrigerants.

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Implementation Manual - This implementation manual represents one more step in a long-term commitment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to help the world become more informed about the importance of protecting our ozone layer, and to better understand how we can contribute in our daily lives to ensure the complete phase out of the ODS by the established deadlines to save our Earth’s natural protecting shield and help to diminish the impacts of climate change.

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Vital Ozone Graphics 2.0 - Climate Link, Resource Kit for Journalists provides the essential visuals, facts, links and contacts to develop ozone story ideas. Graphics and figures can be downloaded and included in articles. This electronic publication is intended not only to inform and inspire journalists but also to serve as an interesting reference for those who wish to learn more about the Montreal Protocol and ozone layer depletion.

This second edition of "Vital Ozone Graphics" includes details on the latest decisions taken by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol to accelerate the phase out of HCFCs and outlines the implications this has on the use of replacement chemicals. The Resource Kit also focuses on the linkages and interconnections between ozone depletion and climate change – and the remaining challenges posed by the considerable amounts of ozone depleting substances remaining in equipment around the world.

Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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