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19 NOOs say YES to ozone protection



Pattaya, Thailand, 14 October 2012 – Participants from 19 National Ozone Units (Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, DPR Korea, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nauru, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Vanuatu and Viet Nam, gathered today as they began the first day of a Training Programme for New Ozone Officers (NOOs) of Asia-Pacific organized by the Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP) of the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in cooperation with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

“The main objective of this training is to provide national authorities with key information, techniques, and contacts that are indispensable for the effective protection of the ozone layer,” said Ms. Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida, Policy and Enforcement Officer of UNEP CAP and lead trainer of the programme.

UNEP has been building capacity of ozone officers to keep the country in compliance with the obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, especially for the first compliance target of freeze in baseline consumption of HCFCs by 1 January 2013.

“Many countries have started or are about to begin implementation of their HCFC Phase-out Management Plans. The Montreal Protocol is like a fast-moving train, with rapid policy and technological developments. New Ozone Officers as well as experienced ones need to keep abreast of these developments. Continuous capacity-building and refresher training is necessary to ensure that they are equipped with knowledge and skills to effectively manage country efforts to comply with Montreal Protocol obligations,” stated Mr. Nandan Chirmulay, Regional Coordinator, Asia-Pacific, for Montreal Protocol/Chemicals, UNDP.
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Mr. Sidi Menad Si-Ahmed, Director of the Montreal Protocol Branch, UNIDO, added that, “National Ozone Units are the backbone of the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and that UNIDO will continue to cooperate with other implementing agencies to deliver capacity-building programmes for Ozone Officers in order to more effectively meet national obligations to phase-out ODS.”

Also being organized this week in Pattaya is the Joint Network Meeting of Ozone Officers of South Asia and Southeast Asia and the Pacific from 15 to 18 October.
  
For more information, please contact:

Ms. Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida, Policy and Enfocement Officer, OzonAction Programme, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and Pacific. Tel: +66 2 288 1679 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE +66 2 288 1679 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, Email: Kakuko.Nagatani@unep.org

Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 4437 1454; Email: anne.fenner@unep.org

Ms. Satwant Kaur, Regional Information Officer, UNEP, Tel: +662 288 2127/02 288 2314; E-mail: satwant.kaur@unep.org

Notes to Editors

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. The 2012 Committee membership includes Belgium, Canada, Finland, Japan, Romania, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America (developed countries) and Argentina, China, Cuba, India, Kenya, Jordan and Mali (developing country members) and is chaired by Mr. Xiao Xuezhi (China). The Committee is assisted by the Fund Secretariat which is based in Montreal, Canada.