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ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS FROM THE MONTREAL PROTOCOL COMMUNITY IN COMMEMORATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER, 16 SEPTEMBER, 2013

UN SECRETARY GENERAL'S OZONE DAY MESSAGE

 Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary responses.  A generation ago, the world’s nations agreed to act definitively to protect the ozone layer, initiating an inter-governmental process that blazed new trails

As we implement the outcomes of the 2012 Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the remarkable success story of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer provides a beacon of hope.  It provides protection for the ozone layer, significantly contributes to climate mitigation and reminds us that, faced with existential threats, the nations of the world are capable of cooperation for the common good...  Read more  Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish


ARMENIA
The National Ozone Unit, Armenia organised a series of events between 14 and 19 September.  

Three flash mobs with participation of members from the Environmental Club "Molorak" took place on the centrally located Freedom Square, Northern Avenue and Republic Square in Yerevan. The dancing attracted a big crowd and during the dancing the children distributed postcards dedicated to the ozone layer. A short movie is available on www.armozone.am and http://www.

 Read more on Armenia's Ozone Day activities 


BANGLADESH
The International Ozone Day 2013 was observed throughout Bangladesh on 16 September 2013. Observance of the Day had been as elsewhere in the world with renewed expression of solidarity with the international community to create awareness on the adverse impacts of the Ozone Layer Depletion.

The Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh undertook various programmes on that day including brought out special supplements in five National Dailies in which messages of the Hon'ble President, the Hon'ble Prime Minister, the Hon'ble Minister for Environment and Forests, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests were published. The special supplements in the daily newspaper also contained articles by the Director General of the Department of Environment on the theme, "A healthy atmosphere – the Future We Want” and an article by the National Project Director of all ODS Projects on “Activities of Bangladesh on the Protection of Ozone Layer”.  Read more


BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
- Preparation and organisation of Public awareness activities for children on the theme Save the Ozone layer were done jointly by BiH NOU with Kidsfestival office, held from 8 to 12 June 2013.
- More than 1000 kids were educated, with lectures given by BiH NOU, dermatologist doctor dr, Hana Helpikangas – representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina at Euromelanoma and 4 volunteers.
- The Ozzy ozone cartoon was also presented.
- Preparation and organisation of Public awareness activities for children on theme Save the Ozone layer were done jointly by BiH NOU with Kidsfestival office, held from 8 to 12 June 2013.
- More than 1000 kids were educated, with lectures given by BiH NOU, dermatologist doctor dr, Hana Helpikangas – representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina at Euromelanoma and 4 volunteers.
- The Ozzy ozone cartoon was also presented.
 
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COLOMBIA
 
The Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible, Colombia has organised a series of activities and events which are outlined in the pamphlet  Preinforme actividades de celebracion, UNIDAD Tecnica Ozono, Colombia 2013







CROATIA
Croatia has produced a Croatian mascot 'Ozonko' and an Ozone day poster.
 

 
HAPPY OZONE DAY FROM CROATIA

 


FIJI

THE Department of Environment and the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority (FRCA) celebrated World Ozone Day on Monday, and the 10th anniversary of the MOU signed between them.

The Montreal Protocol is a UN treaty which was opened to signature on September 16, 1987, with the purpose of reducing emissions of Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS) which damage the ozone layer.

Acting deputy secretary for Environment Jitoko Tikolevu said the protocol was one of the world's great environmental protection success stories, with the treaty being the most widely signed in UN history. Read more


GHANA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will join the world to celebrate World Ozone Day that is an International day for the preservation of the Ozone Layer on Monday, 16th September.

A statement from the EPA in Accra signed by Mrs Angelina Ama Tutuah Mensah, Head of the Public Affairs Department and copied to the Ghana news Agency (GNA) said the celebration of the Day would provide an opportunity for individuals worldwide to reflect on the progress that had been made with regards to the protection of the ozone layer.

“The Day also serves as a reminder to decision makers and the public on the need to protect the Ozone layer that serves as a shield and safeguards the earth and the lives of humans.”  Read more

Related:
 Refrigeration Assembly Plant in Ghana soon


INDIA

New Delhi: The 19th international day for preservation of Ozone layer will be observed on September 14 with the theme "a healthy atmosphere, the future we want". Union minister of Environm

ent and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan will preside over the function at Chennai, a statement from the ministry said Thursday.   Read more
 
Related: 
 19th International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer - Competitions for School students


MALDIVES

The Ministry of Environment, Maldives dedicated the Pemphis Environmental newsletter issue 43 to International Ozone day.

Hon Dr Mariyam Shakeela, Minister of Environment and Energy's Ozone Day message:
"Today as we celebrate the International Day for the Preservation of Ozone Layer, it is important to take this opportunity to note that a healthy ozone layer is indeed inherently linked with the environment and development of the Maldives. The slogan of this year, “A healthy atmosphere, the future we want”, aptly underscores the role of an integrated, holistic and collaborated approached, particularly through the participation of individual actors. Today then presents an opportunity for us to reflect upon and make the necessary behavioural changes required of us to achieve this goal. This may not be easy, but it is necessary to secure our collective future..."  Read more


MONGOLIA

The Ministry of Environment and Green Development, Mongolia, is organising the following activities:
- Translate and publish brochures ‘’Ozone layer: Nature’s Umbrella’’ and ‘’HCFCs how to prepare for the phase down?’’
- Prepare presentation on Ozone layer protection issues for secondary school pupils
- Deliver prepared presentation for selected secondary schools
- Announce  “A healthy atmosphere, the future we want”  essay and painting competition.
- Prepare awards  for winners of essay and painting competition
- Organize press conference dedicated to the ozone day
- Prepare news about Ozone layer protection and Alternatives to ODSs for newspaper.
- Translate  Message on the international Ozone day  for the preservation of ozone layer of  Secretary-General of UN and distribute  social media  /YouTube, face book, twitter/


MYANMAR

The Environmental Conservation Department, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry are planning a ceremony with the following activities:
- Opening ceremony
- T-Shirt and sports shirt distribution to all participants
- Educational video programme
- Dissemination of Ozone day leaflet
- Exhibition.


NEPAL

The 26th International Day for the Preservation of Ozone Layer was successfully celebrated with much enthusiasm in Kathmandu, Nepal on 16th September 2013. The day was celebrated with various awareness programs and distribution of awareness materials.

A radio talk program was conducted on Radio Nepal on the occasion of Ozone Day. There were three participants in the talk show: Dr. Sita Ram Joshi, ex- Director General, Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology and ex- National Ozone Officer, Mr. Govinda Prasad Kharel, Under Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment and Mr. Shailesh Kumar Jha, National Ozone Officer. The topics on the talk show included various issues such as the preservation of the ozone layer, social responsibility towards its preservation as well as an introduction to the Montreal Protocol. The talk show was aired on a national level on the evening of 16th September 2013.

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OMAN

Efforts to protect ozone layer earns praise - The Sultanate celebrated yesterday the International Day for Preservation Ozone Layer titled “Ozone protects life on Earth”. As far as ozone is a concern, the Sultanate has approved both Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone and Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in London 1990 and Copenhagen 1992. This approval was after Royal Decree no. 73/98 assuring continued support to environmental issues locally, regionally and internationally.  Read more


PAKISTAN
World Ozone Layer Day: Preserving mother earth's blanket
ISLAMABAD: Efforts are under way in Pakistan to reduce the production and consumption of substances, which deplete the Earth’s ozone layer, by 10 per cent over the next couple of years, according to officials at the Climate Change Division.

“This year, we started the process of phasing out hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) which are commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners,” said Asif Khan, the National Programme Manager of the Ozone Cell. “When released in the atmosphere, the chlorine atoms in HCFCs can destroy the ozone layer.”  
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SEPA launches awareness drive - World Ozone Day today
Karachi - On the occasion of World Ozone Day today (September 16) Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has launched a one-day awareness campaign to make the people aware on the role of Ozone layer for protecting the world from direct contact of ultraviolet rays of sun that come after being sieved; otherwise, these rays can cause skin cancer in those who if receive them un-sieved apart from causing huge damage to natural environment.
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PHILIPPINES
The Phlippines organised the following activities:

- A Public Service Announcement (PSA) was produced by the Philippines in celebration of Ozone Day. The PSA features a very famous TV host Mr. Kim Atienza. Top TV channels and government stations will air this until the end of the month. The 15- and 30-second spots with English subtitles can be accessed via the following links: 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZQfiPplhyA 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL_99KNNAIE
The Philippines Star Newspaper dedicated a whole page for Ozone Day which included messages from the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, Senator Hon. Lren Legarda and the Secretary of Environment, Ramon J.P. Pake.  
- Activities included school lectures, radio interviews, and a programme to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Philippines' signing of the Montreal Protocol and a lecture on health issues in relation with the MEA.
Related Ozone Day events and activities will be ongoing until the end of the month.

Related: 
 http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=901379387853
 http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1151378967564


RUSSIAN FEDERATION
The Russian Federation organised an All Russian Competition "Protect the Ozone Layer and Earth Climate."  The programme included: 
- Video message of Sergey Donskoy, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation
- Competition organisers’ greetings for the competition catalogue
- Official Post-Release of the competition
- Summary article about the competiton
- Photos from the competition events contests of the final stage, visit and lectures at the Moscow planetarium, official winners’ awarding ceremony
- Competition pictures and posters
- Some video materials presented for the competition
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SRI LANKA
News.lk - 25 August 2013 - The National Ozone unit of ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy said that the National commemoration of International Ozone day celebration of Sri Lanka is Schedule to be held on 16 th of September 2013 at the Maharagama youth centre Auditorium.

Participation of Over one thousand students are expected for this celebration. On this celebration the award ceremony in respect of the all island poster competition is scheduled to be held by the National Ozone unit, with a view to motivate the  general public to protect the Ozone Layerfor the future generation. is also to take place.   Read more
ST LUCIA 
In commemoration of World Ozone Day Saint Lucia has selected the following National theme: 
“Achieving the healthy atmosphere we want with energy efficient alternative technologies.”
As part of its celebration of World Ozone Day 2013, Saint Lucia will be undertaking the following initiatives throughout the month of September:  

- Minister's Ozone Day Address - 16th September 2013 on NTN
- Alternative Technologies Symposium - 20th September 2013
- Alternative Technologies Exhibition - 20th September 2013
- Ozone Layer Depletion Articles in Talking Sustainable Development Column - Voice Newspaper (7th Sept. and 14th Sept issue)
 Read more


BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA
The Fundacion Fondo Veneolano de Reconversion Industrial y Tecnologica (FONDOIN), Ministerio del Poder Popular para Industrias, is organising the following activities:
- Plantation Day - 2000 trees
- Educational circuit and Ozone and broken layer
- Environmental Fair
- Workshop on illicit trade in HCFCs
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SOUTH AFRICA
The Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, will commemorate World Ozone Day with the Kabokweni community and learners from ten surrounding eco-schools on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 at Kabokweni Stadium, Ehlanzeni District Municipality in Mpumalanga.   Read more

Related: 
World Ozone Day 2013 celebrates a healthy atmosphere


TURKMENISTAN
1. Preparation of an article devoted to the Ozone Layer protection and its translation from Russian into Turkmen, and to give a lecture for the students of the Lyceum №4 of Ashgabat by the Ecological expert;
2. Preparation of a speech devoted to the Ozone Layer protection in Turkmen language to be read on the National Radio "Watan";
3. At the end of the lecture there were small gifts which were given to the students.
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TUVALU
The National Ozone Unit in Tuvalu organized the following Ozone Day activities:
- Radio Talk/ Talkback show/ Radio Spots
- Primary School Program
- Form 7 program
- Billboards/ Banners
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad - Minister of Environment and Water of United Arab Emirates, the United Nations Environment Programme – Regional Office for West Asia (UNEP/ROWA) jointly organized a dinner ceremony on the occasion of the 26th International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. 

The ceremony started with an opening statement presented by Eng. Aisha Al Abdooli; Acting Undersecretary- Environmental Affairs Sector Ministry of Environment and Water of UAE. Iyad Abumoghli, Director and Regional Representative of UNEP/ROWA gave UNEP’s message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
 Read more - Arabic |  English


ZIMBABWE
ZIMBABWE will be joining the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer .This day is commemorated on 16 September every year globally. 

This year, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management will be commemorating this day in Kwekwe under the theme “A Healthy Atmosphere — the Future we want”. The Ministry is inviting everyone to attend the commemorations at the Civic Centre in Kwekwe on Monday the 16th of September 2013 starting at 0900hrs.   Read more