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2014 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

Theme - Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On

Ozone Day 2014
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Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer celebrated the 2014 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September under the theme “Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On”.

The International Ozone Day is an annual event that commemorates the date of the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal Protocol. The theme for the 2014 celebrations highlighted the fact that efforts to protect the ozone layer continue in earnest and encouraged action to address future challenges.

Parties across the world organized various events to commemorate the day, including award ceremonies to recognize individuals and organizations for their efforts in the protection of the ozone layer, art competitions among students, training workshops and panel discussions on radio and television stations, among other activities.

Montreal Protocol successes lauded

In his message for the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Montreal Protocol is widely recognized as one of the most successful environmental treaties in history. 

“Recent scientific findings reveal the importance of the Montreal Protocol. Without the Protocol and associated agreements, atmospheric levels of ozone-depleting substances could have increased ten-fold by 2050. Concerted action has prevented millions of cases of skin cancer,” Mr. Ban said.

“Let us take inspiration from our efforts to preserve the ozone layer. The Montreal Protocol has shown that decisive action by the international community, including the private sector, can achieve transformative results for the common good. Let us learn from this example and apply its lesson to the urgent task of addressing the climate challenge,” Mr. Ban urged.

The power of unity of purpose

UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw said: “Every year the International Ozone Day reminds us of what we can achieve through unity of purpose, and provides us with renewed impetus and confidence that through committed global partnerships we can achieve our goals – however ambitious.”

Noting that in 2015 the world will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, Mr. Thiaw encouraged all stakeholders to redouble current efforts to protect the ozone layer in order to reap even more health benefits and to avert further damage to crops, wildlife and materials.

Secretariat participates in celebrations

The Ozone Secretariat participated in Ozone Day celebrations in China, India, and Mauritius.

In China, the five producers of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) who were selected through a bidding process to be the first industries to phase out HCFC production, signed agreements at a ceremony organized in conjunction with the International Ozone Day. The event was attended by a Vice Minister in the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Mr. Zhai Qing.

In India, posters, stickers and slogans produced by children to celebrate the successes of the Montreal Protocol were unveiled in Hyderabad at an event addressed by the Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Mr. Prakash Javadekar. Prizes were awarded to the winners.

In Mauritius, a regional training workshop for customs officers took place in Port-Louis. It was attended by focal points for Montreal Protocol issues in small island developing states, including Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Re-union, and Seychelles.  

Share Ozone Day information material

The Ozone Secretariat invites Montreal Protocol parties to share any reports, publications, pictures, videos or media coverage of activities related to their 2014 International Ozone Day celebrations. Such information material will be posted on the Secretariat’s website for wide dissemination. Kindly send them to the Secretariat at ozoneinfo@unep.org.