Ref: Oz.Sec/VCTF Monitoring Date: Le 16 décembre 2022
Le Secrétariat de l'ozone a le plaisir de ci-joint, à votre aimable attention, une lettre du Secrétaire exécutive sur le Fonds général d’affectation spéciale destiné à financer des activités de recherche et d’observations systématiques au titre de la Convention de Vienne: rapport d’activité annuel et appel à contributions.
Veuillez noter que la version anglaise de cette lettre a été envoyée à toutes les parties le 23 novembre 2022.
Secrétariat de l'ozone
Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement
P.O. Box 30552-00100
Ref: Oz.Sec/MOP34/Decision XXXIV/13 8 December 2022
The Ozone Secretariat is pleased to attach herein, for your kind attention, a letter from the Executive Secretary, with regard to decision XXXIV/13 - Collecting data to understand potential impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on hydrofluorocarbon consumption for Group 1 Article 5 parties.
Ref: Oz.Sec/VCTF Monitoring Date: 23 November 2022
The Ozone Secretariat is pleased to attach herein, for your kind attention, a letter from the Executive Secretary on the General Trust Fund for Financing Activities on Research and Systematic Observations Relevant to the Vienna Convention: annual progress update and invitation for contributions.
Kindly note that the translated versions of this letter in French and Spanish will be sent to the relevant parties in due course.
Ref: Oz.Sec./Staff Date: 28 October 2022
I have the pleasure to inform you that following the completion of a competitive recruitment process for the position of Deputy Executive Secretary at the D-1 level, the UNEP Executive Director has appointed Ms. Maria Socorro Manguiat.
Maria is a national of the Philippines. She is a seasoned legal expert and brings with her 21 years of rich experience in intergovernmental meetings, and legal and procedural issues. Recently, Maria has been heading the National Environmental Law Unit of UNEP's Law Division. Please find below her short bio.
Maria will be attending the 34th Meeting of the Parties in Montreal as part of the Secretariat team. She will formally move to the Secretariat from 1 Janurary 2023. I thank the Parties for their continued support over the years and ask them to join me in welcoming Maria.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Gilbert Bankobeza for taking on the responsibilities as Acting Deputy Executive Secretary since 15 September 2021.
Megumi Seki Nakamura
Biography - Maria Socorro Manguiat
Maria Socorro began her career at SyCip Salazar, Hernandez & Gatmaitan, one of the top law firms in the Philippines. After deciding to devote her legal skills to the cause of the environment, she joined the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources. At DENR, she worked on the development and implementation of laws and regulations on pollution and environmental impact assessment and represented her country in negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol. In 2001 she moved to the Environmental Law Center of the International Union for Conservation in Bonn where she provided legal advice to negotiators from developing countries on land use, land-use change and forestry.From 2006 to 2016 she was with the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where she served as Secretary to the Compliance Committee of the Kyoto Protocol and was part of the secretariat's legal and advisory team for the Paris Agreement. She relocated to Nairobi in 2016 to head the National Environmental Law Unit of UNEP's Law Division, leading the Unit's work on technical legal assistance to countries, while continuing to provide advice to intergovernmental processes such the UNFCCC and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
She has a degree in Economics (Honors Programme) and a Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. She obtained her Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Philippine and New York Bar.
Ref: Oz.Sec./World Ozone Day 2022 13 September 2022
Dear Parties to the Montreal Protocol and Ozone Family,
I hope you are all keeping well and managing to organize your World Ozone Day commemorative events marking 35 years of ozone layer protection. The United Nations Secretary-General's statement and the UNEP Executive Director's video message for the World Ozone Day are now available on our website.
Secretary-General Statement: The annual statement from the Secretary-General to mark World Ozone Day 2022 available in all official UN languages can be accessed here .
Executive Director video message: The video (English only) can be accessed here .
Additional digital assets available on our WOD 2022 webpage have been developed to support you in your endeavors to raise awareness for your 16 September events, which include:
Social Media Cards : A comprehensive social media pack comprising a variety of posts, proposed messaging and mastersheet for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The social media cards have been designed around this year's theme Montreal Protocol: global cooperation protecting life on earth .
MP@35 logo: A specially commissioned logo has been designed that is available in poster format and also incorporated into the social media package.
Videos : A video commemorating 35 years of the Montreal Protocol and its impact on ozone layer and climate protection. In addition, there are 2 more reference videos on the Montreal Protocol available: “The Hole” and “50 Years of UNEP”.
Events : Please share any information, agendas and links to events you are planning for 16 September with our Communications and Public Information Officer, Stephanie Haysmith ( email@example.com ) to share on the WOD 2022 webpage and via social media.
I hope that the assets developed this year will help promote and support your planned activities to celebrate this milestone birthday of the Montreal Protocol
Wishing you all a successful and memorable World Ozone Day 2022.
Megumi Seki Nakamura
UN Environment Program
Ref: Oz.Sec./World Ozone Day 2022 Date: 12 May 2022
Dear ozone family stakeholders,
I am pleased to inform you that the theme for this year's World Ozone Day to be marked on 16 September is:
Montreal Protocol@35: global cooperation protecting life on earth
This year's theme highlights the Montreal Protocol's positive impact and influence not only on the ozone layer and climate over the past 35 years, but also on nature and biodiversity which are issues in focus in the international agenda at present.
As we face a triple environmental crisis – climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution – we want to emphasize the importance of global cooperation and partnerships which underpinned the success of the Montreal Protocol. Strong global cooperation will continue to be key in our continuing effort to protect the ozone layer and in the global effort to safeguard all life on earth.
In recognition of the wonderful environment the Protocol has helped protect over the past 35 years, the Secretariat has developed eight posters in all six official UN languages for dissemination and use in promoting your World Ozone Day 2022 communication activities and commemorative events.
The posters and the theme of this year's World Ozone Day in all six official UN languages are available on our dedicated World Ozone Day 2022 webpage.
As in previous years, the United Nations Secretary-General's statement for World Ozone Day and other materials such as a comprehensive social media pack, 35 th anniversary commemorative video and message from UNEP's Executive Director, will be shared prior to the day for further dissemination.
The Secretariat would be pleased to receive any information or materials for your planned 35 anniversary commemorative activities for dissemination through our website and social media channels.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat with any queries you may have.
Megumi Seki Nakamura
UN Environment Program
Ref: Oz.Sec./2021: Season's Greetings 23 December 2021
Dear Stakeholders of the Montreal Protocol,
2021 has proven to be another challenging year, not only in terms of continued work online, but also dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our daily lives.
Despite the persistent difficulties, I sincerely hope that you and your families are able to gather and enjoy the festive season; and you all remain healthy and well.
Although online meetings remained the norm for 2021, much has been achieved this year as a result of your dedication and steadfastness to engage in the online work. All the meetings were once again successfully held online. We are particularly grateful to the stalwart attendance of those parties for whom the meeting times were less than ideal. Thank you!
As a result of your dedication and commitment throughout the year, in online forums, briefing and informal meetings, the 66th and 67th meetings of the Implementation Committee, the three technical online meetings of the 43rd meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group, the 11th meeting of the Ozone Research Managers, meetings of the Bureaux of the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol, and the combined 12th meeting (part II) of Convention of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 33rd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, it was possible to reach consensus and agreement at the online COP12(II)/MOP33, resulting in 18 decisions.
To mark another tumultuous and unpredictable year dictated by COVID, the Secretariat has collated some of the key highlights of 2021, in recognition of your continued commitment and dedication to the vital work of the ozone treaties. We thank you for your unwavering support. To access the review please click here
While we continue to charter these unpredictable waters, I hope to be able to share with you the Secretariat’s plan for 2022 meetings around April, navigating the way forward.
In the meantime, and on behalf of the Secretariat, I would like to convey my season's greetings and wish you all a peaceful closure of 2021. I truly hope that 2022 will prove to be a turning point in this ongoing COVID crisis and that we can meet again in person.
Megumi Seki Nakamura
UN Environment Programme