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Tonga holds national enforcement training on the Montreal Protocol

Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu, 12 July 2012 – The Kingdom of Tonga, gave dedication to the Protection of the Ozone Layer through the national implementation of the Montreal Protocol. From 10 to 12 July 2012, the Ministry for Land, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources organized the National Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Enforcement Training Workshop. The three-day workshop was attended by more than 30 nationals including enforcement officials from Customs, Quarantine, Police, Labour and Commerce, Environment and Fisheries agencies. Refrigeration and air-conditioning service technicians and customs brokers also participated in the meeting. The lead international trainer was Mr. Viliame Rova of the Oceania Customs Organisation Secretariat.

The workshop was officially opened by Mr. David Sadler, Head of Customs, who stated, “We must seize the opportunity given to enforce these protocols to make a safer environment not only for the Kingdom of Tonga and our Pacific neighbours, but for our children and our children’s children. What we do and implement in our jobs will be of great benefit to the community for many, many decades to come.”

The welcoming address was given by Mr. Asipeli Palaki, CEO for Lands, Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources.  Mr. Uikelotu Vunga, the National Ozone Officer (NOO) of Tonga, provided key managerial support for the organisation and successful delivery of this workshop.  The NOO also has the responsibility for the follow-up recommendations from the workshop and for ensuring that more local enforcement officers are trained.

This workshop is a component of the national Hydrochlorofluorocabons (HCFC) phase out management plan (HPMP), the implementation of which is part of the compliance requirements under the Montreal Protocol.  Technical and financial support was provided by UNEP OzonAction as an implementing agency to the Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund. 

Based on the reports of the Ozone Secretariat, the Kingdom of Tonga is in full compliance with the Montreal Protocol for the phase out of ODS.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Manager, UNEP OzonAction Programme, Tel: +33 1 4437 1454; Email:
Ms. Artie Dubrie, Regional Network Coordinator, Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP), OzonAction Branch, UNEP– Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Tel No: +66 2 288 2128, Email:

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.