Asia-Pacific celebrates 25 years of "Ozone Family"
16 October 2012, Pattaya, Thailand –Participants of the Joint Network Meeting of Ozone Officers of Asia and the Pacific (15-19 October) last night remembered the history of how governments, international agencies, the scientific community and individuals involved in the Montreal Protocol implementation evolved into the “Ozone Family” for the Asia-Pacific Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol organized by the Compliance Assistance Programme of UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP).
The celebration began with the opening of the exhibition of the Asia-Pacific 2012 International Ozone Day and 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, where 29 countries displayed photos and products of their activities (posters, shirts, pins, brochures, stickers, folders, etc.) which had also been exhibited last month during International Ozone Day on 16 September.
The exhibition was followed by a programme where the new Public Service Announcements (PSAs) on the Montreal Protocol’s 25th Anniversary developed by UNEP were shown. China and Mongolia also launched their new PSAs which received appreciation from the network countries.
The highlight of the programme was the presentation by a14-year-old girl from the Philippines, Trisha Co Reyes, who offered her three paintings to the Asia-Pacific countries for their use in their national ozone advocacy programmes. Trisha, a winner of the 2011 UNEP International Painting Competition, was commissioned by UNEP OzonAction to prepare paintings on ozone layer preservation. The paintings were converted into posters, and distributed to countries for Ozone Day. In return, the Asia-Pacific participants awarded Trisha a certificate of appreciation for her contribution and recognized her as the representative of the ‘future generation,’ the subject of the 25th Anniversary theme “Protecting our atmosphere for generations to come.”
The participants relived memories of the Montreal Protocol history as some representatives from the Multilateral Fund Secretariat, implementing agencies, Article 5 countries and Article 2 countries shared anecdotes of their experiences over the last years. However, in the midst of underlining the achievements and successes, it was also emphasized that there is still a lot to be done, especially with the upcoming HCFC freeze commitment by 1 January 2013.
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Atul Bagai, Senior Regional Network Coordinator, OzonAction Programme, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and Pacific. Tel: +66 2 288 1662 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE +66 2 288 1662 end_of_the_skype_highlighting; Fax: +66 2 288 3041; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 4437 1454; Email: email@example.com.
Ms. Denise Sioson, Compliance Assistance Programme, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and Pacific. Tel: +66 2 288 2125; Fax: +66 2 288 3041; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OzonAction Programme: www.unep.org/ozonaction
Multilateral Fund: www.multilateralfund.org
Ozone Secretariat: www.ozone.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, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and 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.