ECA CUSTOMS COOPERATION MEETING ON ODS
The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Customs Cooperation Meeting on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) and ECA Ozone Protection Award for Customs and Enforcement Officers which is organized by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization of Turkey and the OzonAction Programme of UNEP’s Division on Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic, opened today in Istanbul, Turkey. The main objectives of the meeting is to enhance cooperation between Customs, Enforcement and Ozone Officers from network countries and major trade partners including the China, European Union, Russian Federation and United Arab Emirates. The meeting will further promote WCO e-learning module on Montreal Protocol in English and Russian and Informal Prior Informed Consent mechanism (iPIC) to prevent unwanted or illegal trade in ODS.
The participants include Customs and Ozone Officers from the 11 ECA network countries (Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Turkmenistan) and the 7 Countries with Economies in Transition (Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan). UNEP also invited the winners of the ECA Ozone Protection Award for Customs and Enforcement Officers who will receive medals of honors and certificates. This initiative is crucial to provide recognition and visibility to Customs Services in the role of implementing trade-related Multilateral Environmental Agreements such as the Montreal Protocol.
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 4437 1454; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Halvart Koppen, Regional Network Coordinator, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 2 4437 1432; Email: email@example.com
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.