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Protecting our Atmosphere for Generations to Come


Letter from the Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat on preparations to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol and the 2012 International Day for the preservation of the Ozone Layer.  Click here to read the letter.

25th anniversary Montreal Protocol global video competition

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.

The videos must be posted to OzonAction’s YouTube website at: www.youtube.com/ozonaction by 15 October 2012. 

 Competition details and criteria

PSAs on Ozone Safe Generation

UNEP OzonAction Programme has developed two 30-second videos in six UN languages for global broadcasting and viral distribution on the web. UNEP will also provide interested Parties and organizations an international version for translation in local languages.

These Public Service Announcements (PSAs) mark the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol (MP). Their messages also stress the MP as the protector of our atmosphere for generations to come.

The first video piece briefly introduces the ozone layer depletion issue and enforces its recovery that was made possible when the MP Parties joined hands 25 years ago for saving the ozone layer - a global action at its best.

The second PSA evolves around the multiple benefits of the Montreal Protocol which is not restricted to the ozone related issue only but also unfolds into positive impacts to our biodiversity, climate, health and economy.

The third PSA is the combination of PSA-1 and PSA-2.

View videos:

 PSA 1 PSA 2  PSA 3 
Arabic
30 seconds
Arabic
30 seconds
Arabic 
1 minute
Chinese
30 seconds
Chinese
30 seconds
Chinese
1 minute
English
30 seconds
English
30 seconds
English
1 minute
French
30 seconds
French
30 seconds
French
1 minute
Russian
30 seconds
Russian
30 seconds
Russian
1 minute
Spanish
30 seconds
Spanish
30 seconds
Spanish
1 minute


PSA Scripts in English

PSA - 1 script | PSA - 2 script | PSA - 3 script

Short documentary: Alternatives to HCFCs: Taking on the challenge

This short documentary video (15mins) seeks out answers from the technical experts closest to the issue and showcases some inspiring conversion projects. Indeed, with financial assistance and technology transfer facilitated by the Protocol's Multilateral Fund, developing countries are already taking on the challenge, thus paving the way for the adoption of ozone and climate friendly alternatives to HCFCs.

 View video

The OzonAction Special Issue

This issue focuses on protecting our atmosphere for generations to come and also highlights the 25 years success of the Montreal Protocol.  Countries are welcome to use quotes from this publication. 
This publication is currently available only in English. It will be available in other languages later.

 Click here to download the document

25th Anniversary Information Kit

This kit produced by the Ozone Secretariat contains the following useful information:

 Brief premier on the Montreal Protocol
 Continuing and future challenges facing the ozone layer protection effort
 Key achievements of the Montreal Protocol to date
 Map of the Regional Networks
 Paperless Conferencing System
 Some ideas for stories on Montreal Protocol related matters
 The MP on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer - 2012: A success in the making
 Twenty questions and answers about the ozone layer: 2010 update
 The MP on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer - Achievements in Stratospheric Ozone Protection

Montreal Protocol @25 Video

This video will be produced to capture worldwide celebrations on the successes of the Montreal Protocol and the future challenges to come. 
For further information on the guidelines for this video please click here.

Customs and Enforcement Officers Quick Guide: Changes in the 2012 HS Nomenclature for HCFCs and certain other
Ozone Depleting Substances

Since the last Harmonized System (HS) revision in 2007, trade patterns in ozone depleting substances have changed with the complete phase-out of CFCs as of 1 January 2010 (except for a few exempted uses) and the increased trade in HCFCs and HFCs as replacement chemicals. HCFCs will be phased-out by 2020 in developed and by 2030 in developing countries. Recognising this, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol requested the World Customs Organization (WCO) to revise the HS codes for HCFCs. Following this request, the Council of the WCO recommended to the Contracting Parties to the HS Convention to amend heading 29.03 of Chapter 29 with the objective of assigning specific 6-digit HS codes to the five most commonly used HCFCs, and at the same time deleting individual HS codes previously assigned to CFCs. The HS Contract Parties amended the HS code and it entered into force on 1 January 2012. As of that date, HCFCs and certain other ODS have been separately identified in the HS. This 4-page Quick Guide provides key information related to these new classifications and briefly explains the changes.The Parties to the Montreal Protocol requested the World Customs Organization (WCO) to revise the HS codes for HCFCs. This 4-page Quick Guide provides key information related to these new classifications and briefly explains the changes.

 Click here to access or download the quick guide



Customs and enforcement officers - Monitoring trade in HCFCs - Information note

The information provided at training courses which cover ozone layer depletion, Montreal Protocol provisions, ODS identification and illegal trade in ODS will therefore be updated and revised. This new information concerns: new observations demonstrating the links between ozone layer depletion and climate change; the new approach taken by the Parties to the Montreal Protocol with regard to HCFC phase-out schedules; the forthcoming phase-out date for Methyl Bromide; new possibilities for ODS identification; and new methods of ODS smuggling.

 Click here to access or download the information note



The Montreal Protocol and the Green Economy - Assessing the contributions and co-benefits of a multilateral environmental agreement:

This global study addresses how and to what degree national, regional and international actions taken under the Montreal Protocol have also contributed to the restructuring of national economies and the global one towards a “Green Economy”, defined as “one which achieves increasing wealth, provides decent employment, successfully tackles inequities and persistent poverty, and reduces ecological scarcities and climate risks”. The study addresses how this multilateral environmental agreement has contributed to the development of new industry sectors, job creation, trade, health and ecosystem benefits, energy efficiency, and climate change mitigation.
 Document will be available soon. 

Ozone Depletion and Climate Change: Concise Guide

This guide is an awareness raising and educational tool to help stakeholders understand the main links and differences between ozone depletion and climate change and showcase some of actions people can take to confront both the climate and ozone challenges.

 Document will be available later.


Establishing an HCFC import quota system

UNEP OzonAction has developed this practical, step-wise guide to assist National Ozone Units in Article 5 countries with designing and implementing such quota systems. This 27-page guide addresses policies facilitating implementation of the HCFC phase out, principles of an import quota system, how to establish an HCFC import quota system, additional measures which may help in enforcement of HCFC import quota systems, and import quota systems for equipment containing or relying on HCFCs. It also provides examples and lessons learnt, as well as suggested formats for questionnaires and accompanying letters to be used in a survey of potential HCFC importers and exporters.

 Document will be available shortly. 

Vital Ozone Graphics

The updated version of this booklet will be available soon and will be distributed in the 6 UN languages.

 Document will be available later. 






Montreal Protocol @ 25th Facebook Page:

Be part of the celebration by sharing your best MP memories on Facebook.  Through the dedicated Facebook page, we will be collecting and displaying memories and pictures over the coming year to develop a new kind of global history. Help us celebrate 25 years of protecting our atmosphere for generations to come – Join us and share your memories!

  http://www.facebook.com/my.ozone.day

 

Montreal Protocol e-Learning Module

This interactive online training module, developed by UNEP and the World Customs Organization is based on UNEP's Training Manual for Customs Officers and presents the latest information on the international policy governing the control and monitoring of Ozone Depleting Substances, particularly HCFCs, as well as an overview of the technical issues including new information on chemicals and products traded and how these may be smuggled. The module is periodically updated to take into account the developments in international trade and provides new material to reflect the changes in the Montreal Protocol, the Harmonised Systems codes, licensing systems and other relevant information.

To register, Ozone officers should contact the Regional OzonAction CAP team. Customs officers should contact WCO’s national coordinator:
http://e-learning.wcoomd.org/hosting/Learning/Coordinators.pdf