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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2012

Theme: 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

PSAs 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 this video on YouTube

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

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.

Related Information notes

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
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 quick guide

Related Publications

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.

Go to publication
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.

Go to publication
Vital Ozone Graphics

Vital Ozone Graphics - 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. Available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Click here to view and download documents

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!

www.facebook.com/my.ozone.day

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