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UNEP-UNIDO organize a National Stakeholders Awareness Workshop in DPR Korea



Pyongyang, 30 April 2014
- UNEP OzonAction Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP) Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (ROAP) and UNIDO, jointly organized a National Stakeholders Awareness Workshop to disseminate and exchange information on HCFC phase-out efforts for the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of DPR Korea and other national stakeholders. Although, the HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) of DPR Korea is yet to be approved, this awareness workshop was organized as a part of CAP’s special services provided by UNEP to build the capacity of key national stakeholders of DPR Korea on HCFC phase-out issues.

CAP (ROAP) team with assistance from China’s Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) within the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and UNIDO also organised a study tour on alternatives to HCFCs, policy and regulatory regimes and phase-out approaches from 8-15 April 2014 for 7 national stakeholders from DPR Korea.

The National Stakeholders Awareness workshop included an awareness component and a training component. Under the south-south cooperation framework, UNEP CAP invited external experts from China and India to provide training and awareness on alternative technologies and HCFC phase-out. The workshop informed the national stakeholders of various HCFC phase-out issues and increased their awareness on:

(a)    Policy and enforcement measures adopted for HCFCs phase-out in China;
(b)    Alternative technologies for HCFC phase-out in both the consumption and production sectors; and
(c)    Approaches for the HCFC phase-out in the servicing sector.

A day long practical session for servicing technicians on good practices for HCFC management was also conducted by the invited technical experts.  

In total the workshop was attended by more than 40 national stakeholders from the Line Ministries, servicing sector, two foam factories, one RAC compressor manufacturing company and HCFC production factory.

Representatives of UNEP and UNIDO also held a meeting with the National Coordination Committee Environment (NCCE) on steps to be taken for submission of the HPMP to the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund Secretariat.

For more information, please contact:
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.