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English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti Ozone Officers Regional Network Meeting

Basseterre, 20 March 2013 - The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis hosted the English Speaking Caribbean and Haiti Ozone Officers Regional Network Meeting at the Marriott Resort in Basseterre, from 18 - 20 March 2013. The meeting, which was organized by the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was officially opened by Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas and the Minister of Sustainable Development.

The two-and-a-half day meeting was attended by National Ozone Officers from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.  Also in attendance were representatives from the UNEP Ozone Secretariat, UNEP OzonAction ROLAC and Paris office, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and national stakeholders from the twin island nation.

The meeting focused on issues of particular importance to the region including, certification and licensing of refrigeration and air conditioning technicians, development of a University of the West Indies course on the Management of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), classification of ODS, refrigerants and risk management, and the destruction of unwanted ODS. The meeting also discussed implementation of the HCFC Phase out Management Plans (HPMPs) and the successes and challenges.  The meeting provided a unique opportunity to share experiences and lessons learnt.

The network meeting is followed by a National Training of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning technicians on Alternative Technologies to ODS, from 20-21 March 2013. 

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Marco Pinzon, Programme Officer, Regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations Environment Programme, OzonAction; Email: marco.pinzon@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.

The 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.

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