Chinese artist Yuan Xikun to make giant sculpture of goddess Nuva to promote repair of ozone hole

“Nuva Patching the Sky Hole” miniature sculpture shows the Ancient Chinese goddess fixing the hole in the sky – an icon calling on the world to fix the ozone hole problem through the phase out of HCFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals.Male, 21 October 2011 – Prominent Chinese artist and UNEP Patron for Arts and Environment, Mr. Yuan Xikun, has joined the world’s fight against ozone depletion and climate change as he announced his new project – to make a giant sculpture of the Ancient Chinese Goddess Nuva from sand from five continents of the world and water from the two Arctic poles as a call for the urgent need to protect the ozone layer and combat climate change. The announcement was made during his visit to Maldives from October 16 to 20, 2011 on invitation of the country’s President H. E. Mohamed Nasheed.

In the meeting between President Nasheed and the artist on October 19, Mr. YuanChinese artist Yuan Xikun presents miniature of Nuva sculpture to Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed. Also in the photo are Chinese singer Liu Yuanyuan and UNEP Regional Network Coordinator Shaofeng Hu. presented to the H. E. the President a miniature of the giant sculpture he plans to create called “Nuva Patching the Sky Hole”. The sculpture shows a woman carrying a rectangle block in her outstretched arms. According to ancient Chinese myth, Nuva is a goddess who smelted a seven-color stone to block a hole in the sky.

“We all live under one common sky and we will all face the environmental crisis, so I hope one day there is a mass movement for environmental protection,” stated Mr. Yuan, as he and his delegation discussed with President Nasheed what societies can do to address the challenges of global warming and how to draw global attention to vulnerable countries like Maldives.

Mr. Yuan said that the giant Nuva sculpture will be created to call upon the world to take a joint action and fight ozone layer depletion, as well as climate change. The artist is planning to collect sand and water from all over the world and “smelt” these to form the stone which he will make into the sculpture. “Come for the sand collection, to be part of the sculpture project,” he urged.

President Nasheed recognized the efforts of the Chinese artist for supporting initiatives to address global environmental issues, and encouraged him to place the sculpture in the harbor of Male as a symbol of the need to protect the ozone layer and combat climate change. The President also handed over sand from Maldives to include in the smelting for the seven-color stone to Ms. Liu Yuanyuan, a famous singer in China and a member of Mr. Yuan’s delegation. Ms. Liu is a well-known environmentalist in China and has been promoting UNEP’s billion tree campaign in the country.

During his four-day visit, Mr. Yuan also organized an Artist Talk at the opening of his art work exhibition in the National Art Gallery of Maldives which was attended by Mr. Mamduh Waheed, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Yu Hongyao, first Ambassador of China to Maldives, along with the local students, artists, environmental NGOs, and media.

“This is relevant to today’s times because we have a desire to do something about the environmental problems we face,” said Mr. Yuan.

Mr. Yuan met Mr. Mohamed Aslam, Minister of Housing and Environment, and visited Ghiyasudheen International School in Male and K.Guraidhoo, a residential island to understand the impact of the global and local environment issues faced in the country. Mr. Yuan exchanged views with the students and local residents and promised to mobilize resources to support Maldives’ fight with environmental problems, including solid waste management.
Mr. Yuan has created many sculptures in recent years to express deep concerns on the degradation of the environment. Mr. Yuan’s sculptures are used by UNEP for its environmental Champions of the Earth trophies – one of which was received by President Nasheed of Maldives.

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Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 4437 1454; Email:

Mr. Atul Bagai, Senior Regional Network Coordinator, OzonAction Programme, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and Pacific. Tel: +66 2 288 1662; Fax: +66 2 288 3041; Email:

Mr. Shaofeng Hu, Regional Network Coordinator, OzonAction Programme, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and Pacific. Tel: +66 2 288 1126; Fax: +66 2 288 3041 ; Email:

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the United Nations system’s designated entity for addressing environmental issues at the global and regional level. Its mandate is to coordinate the development of environmental policy consensus by keeping the global environment under review and bringing emerging issues to the attention of governments and the international community for action.

Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production and consumption of a number of substances believed to be responsible for ozone depletion. The treaty was opened for signature on September 16, 1987 and entered into force on January 1, 1989. Since then, it has undergone five revisions, in 1990 (London), 1992 (Copenhagen), 1995 (Vienna), 1997 (Montreal), and 1999 (Beijing). Due to its widespread adoption and implementation it has been hailed as an example of exceptional international cooperation "Perhaps the single most successful international agreement to date...”

The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol is managed by an Executive Committee which is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Fund. The Committee comprises seven members from developed and seven members from developing countries. In 2011 the Committee membership includes Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Japan, Switzerland, United States of America (developed countries) and Argentina, China, Cuba, Grenada, Kenya, Kuwait, Morocco (developing country members) and is chaired by Mr. Patrick McInerney of Australia. The Committee is assisted by the Fund Secretariat which is based in Montreal, Canada.

Activities are implemented by four international agencies (UNDP, UNEP, UNIDO, World Bank) and a number of bilateral government agencies. Since 1991, the Multilateral Fund has approved activities including industrial conversion, technical assistance, training and capacity building worth over US $2.6 billion that will result in the phase out of almost 460,000 ODP tonnes of consumption and production of ozone-depleting substances in developing countries.

In September 2007 the Parties to the Montreal Protocol decided to accelerate the freeze and phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). The Multilateral Fund intends to finance HCFC phase-out in all 144 developing countries eligible for its financial and technical assistance and as at the 64th Meeting of the Executive Committee, 81 countries have HPMPs in place.



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