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Queen of Bhutan conveys silver jubilee message to High Level Segment of Montreal Protocol Meeting of the Parties

Geneva/Bangkok, 16 November 2012 – Ozone Ambassador and Queen of Bhutan Her Majesty Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuk yesterday gave a message to the delegates of the 24th Meeting of the Parties of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP-24), happening in Geneva from 12 to 16 November 2012, which was greatly appreciated by all delegates.

Her video message, which was shown during the opening of the meeting session in which high level delegates delivered their national statements, was recorded particularly for the meeting on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. “The 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is a time to reflect upon the commitments that we, the citizens of the world, have pledged to uphold, to protect our environment and the ozone layer,” stated Her Majesty.

She added, “The Kingdom of Bhutan remains entirely committed in this endeavour and I believe that with our collective efforts to preserve our environment and reduce the use of ozone-damaging HCFCs, our global commitment will accomplish sustained and resolute actions throughout the world.”

During the 32nd Open-ended Working Group Meeting in July 2012 in Bangkok, Parties were urged in the Issues for Discussion to “identify ozone champions who could act as ambassadors to support and further strengthen party compliance with the Protocol, particularly in the case of Parties operating under paragraph 1 of Article 5.” The Queen of Bhutan was recognized with honour and appreciation as ozone ambassador and has been very active in targeted awareness-raising since then, including in the national celebration activities of International Ozone Day on 16 September 2012.

In addition to the message to the Parties of the Montreal Protocol, Her Majesty also presented the Parties with a poster developed by the National Environment Commission (NEC) of Bhutan with assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction – Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel:
+33 1 4437 1454; Email: anne.fenner@unep.org.
Mr. Atul Bagai, Senior Regional Network Coordinator, OzonAction Programme, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and Pacific. Tel: +6622881662; Fax: +6622883041; Email: atul.bagai@unep.org.
Ms. Peldon Tshering, Chief Environment Officer, National Environment Commission Secretariat. Tel: +975 2 32 3384; Fax: +975 2 32 3385; E-mail: peldon@nec.gov.bt.

OzonAction Programme: www.unep.org/ozonaction
Multilateral Fund: www.multilateralfund.org
Ozone Secretariat: www.ozone.unep.org
Bhutan’s National Environment Commission: www.nec.gov.bt

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.