Ozone statue unveiled in Vienna to mark Montreal Protocol anniversary
As part of the ongoing celebrations to mark the 25 th anniversary of one of the world's most successful environmental agreements, a statue dedicated to protecting the ozone layer was officially unveiled today at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna.
The 3.9 metre high sculpture, which depicts the Chinese Goddess Nüwa, was produced by celebrated artist Yuan Xikun, who also acts as a Patron for Arts and Environment for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
In Chinese mythology, Nüwa smelted a seven colour stone to block a hole in the sky to repair the wall of heaven. Yuan Xikun chose the figure of Nüwa to draw parallels with modern-day challenges of ozone depletion and climate change.
The unveiling of the statue in Vienna was hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in partnership with UNEP's OzonAction Branch.
UNEP and UNIDO, as implementing agencies of the Montreal Protocol, have been assisting developing countries and countries with economies in transition to achieve and sustain compliance with the Protocol.