2018 World Ozone Day

2018 Ozone Day theme: Keep Cool and Carry on: Montreal Protocol

The Secretary General's Ozone Day message

This has been a year of record-breaking heat around the world. It is also a pivotal time for climate action.

As we address this threat, we can draw inspiration from the Montreal Protocol, a shining example of how the world can come together for people and planet.  Read more...

 

 


UN Environment Executive Director's Ozone Day message

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ALBANIA

During September 2018, the representatives of the National Ozone Unit in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, organized many activities and various programs of awareness raising events, devoted to the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, September 16, 2018. These activities took place in different cities and locations. Below is a detailed description of the main events:  Read more...

 

 


AFGHANISTAN

For World Ozone Day celebrations in Kabul, a high profile event was held in Queen’s Palance, one of the most beautiful recently restored historical buildings of Kabul with 250 participants and high media visibility. UN Environment participation included the Country Director and OzonAction CAP representatives from Bangkok, Asia and the Pacific Office. The following are some of the activities:
-    The First Lady’s video message was shown appreciating the efforts of National Environmental Protection Agency.
-    Remarks by the Director of National Environmental Protection Agency who reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to the Montreal Protocol and international environmental cooperation, representatives from Customs Department which training programme for customs officer has been fully integrated with Montreal Protocol module on trade control of ODS, and RAC Association representative.  
-    A schoolgirls’ competition, demonstrating good environmental awareness among them.  
-    A mini-technology roadshow with around 12 local companies showcasing what currently is in the market in terms of ozone and climate friendly cooling technologies.

  Ozone day video is available via facebook - https://www.facebook.com/NEPA.af/videos/610738969328048/


BAHRAIN

Bahrain will join other nations in the world in marking the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which falls on the 16th of September.

His Majesty’s Personal Representative, Supreme Council for the Environment (SCE) President His Highness Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Khalifa paid tribute to HM King Hamd bin Isa Al-Khalifa, hailing royal keenness on promoting environmental issues.  Read more...


BANGLADESH

As per decision of United Nations the International Ozone Day 2018 was observed throughout Bangladesh on 16 September 2018 in a befitting manner. The observance of the
day has been as elsewhere in the world with renewed expression of solidarity with the international community to create awareness on adverse impacts of the Ozone Layer
Depletion. Read more...

 

 


BARBADOS

Barbados joins the rest of the world is observing International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

The ozone layer, a fragile shield of gas, protects the Earth from the harmful portion of the rays of the sun, thus helping preserve life on the planet.

The phaseout of controlled uses of ozone depleting substances and the related reductions have not only helped protect the ozone layer, but have also contributed significantly to global efforts to address climate change.  Read more...


BHUTAN

Bhutan acceded to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of Ozone Layer in 2004 and ratified the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete Ozone Layer in the same year. Since then, the mission to phase out ODS started and is still in progress with support from National Environment Commission of Bhutan, UN Environment, UNDP and Multilateral Fund Secretariat.   Read more...

 


BENIN

Le Bénin à l’instar de la Communauté internationale va célébrer ce dimanche 16 septembre 2018, la journée mondiale de la préservation de la couche d’ozone. Il s’agit cette année de la 31ème édition, placée sous le thème  » Gardons la tête froide et poursuivons nos efforts ».  En prélude à cette célébration, le ministère du cadre de vie et du développement durable, a procédé ce vendredi 14 septembre 2018 à la remise d’identificateurs de fluides  frigorigènes aux centres de formation, lycées techniques, associations de frigoristes et aux douaniers du Bénin. Selon le ministre du cadre de vie et du développement durable, José Dider Tonato, il s’agit au total de 12 identificateurs de fluides frigorigènes d’une valeur de 40 millions de francs CFA. Lire la suite...


BURKINA FASO

Cette année, la journée est placée sous le thème « gardons la tête froide et poursuivons nos efforts ». Il interpelle tous les Etats Parties au Protocole de Montréal, et de façon générale, les populations, à ne pas baisser les bras et à ne pas se contenter des succès déjà obtenus, mais à s’engager davantage individuellement et collectivement, afin de s’assurer que la gestion des substances en question est bien menée.

Au Burkina Faso, la commémoration de ce 16 septembre  2018 sera marquée par des activités de formation des techniciens frigoristes et des douaniers, un atelier national sur l’amendement de Kigali au Protocole de Montréal et une journée porte ouverte au Bureau national ozone. Lire la suite...

  Se familiariser avec l’Amendement de Kigali pour mieux protéger la couche d’ozone


CAMBODIA

Cambodia yesterday joined other countries around the world to mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer under the theme “Keep Cool and Carry on: Protecting our ozone layer and climate on World Ozone Day”.

According to the Ministry of Environment, the celebration is aimed to inspire people of all milieus to continue keeping the earth cool as well as to congratulate the success of the Montreal Protocol in contribution to prevent global warming and eliminate nearly all substances depleting the ozone layer.

Early this month, the Ministry of Environment organised a seminar on the implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.  Read more...


CHINA

The Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment, jointly with UN Environment organized Ozone Day celebrations in Beijing on 17 September with more than 200 participants representing the relevant ministries, local environmental protection Bureaus, industry associations, companies, research institutes and media.  Mr. Zhao Yingmin, Vice Minister of Ecology and Environment, Ms. Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat, Mr. Eduardo Ganem, Chief Officer of the Multilateral Fund Secretariat attended the event, and delivered speeches.  The representatives from UNDP, UN Environment, UNIDO and World Bangkok, GIZ also joined the celebration  Read more...
China Holds Event for World Ozone Day 2018


DJIBOUTI

Le ministère de l’Habitat, de l’Urbanisme et de l’Environnement (MHUE), à travers sa direction de l’environnement et du développement durable, a organisé le 20 septembre 2018 au palais du peuple un atelier d’information et de sensibilisation sur la problématique de destruction de la couche d’ozone destiné aux professionnels des médias. L’initiative rentrait dans le cadre de la célébration de la Journée internationale de la protection de la couche d’ozone.  Read more...


FIJI

The Fiji National Ozone Unit through he Department of Environment organized World Ozone Day (WOD) celebrations in the Western Division of Fiji.

The activities involved three (3) days of school visitation from 10 – 12 September 2018. A total of ten (10) schools targeting mainly Year 12 and Year 13 students were visited for the dissemination on synergies between Ozone Depletion and Climate Change [given that Fiji is in the process of ratifying the Kigali Amendment]. This also created a platform for the students to be well versed with health issues, policy and environmental economics. Schools were also provided with awareness materials that included posters, brochures and giveaways.  Read more...


KIRIBATI

Kiribati through the Environment and Conservation Division (ECD) – MELAD, undertook various awareness activities to celebrate and commemorate the World Ozone Day 2018. Activities are as follows:

1.    School visit carried out on South Tarawa starting from 10 – 12 September 2018. There were 4 high school visits and ODS awareness materials such as pamphlets and posters were disseminated to students and teachers during the visit;
2.    The WOD 2018 radio spot was aired 1 week before 16 September 2018. This was intended to inform the public about the 2018 WOD activities and the purpose of such celebration; Read more...


NIGERIA

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said that the state’s environmental policy will streamline government action to address climate change and help in protecting the ozone layer.

Governor Obaseki said this in commemoration of the International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer marked every September 16, by the United Nations and other relevant multilateral organisations. Read more...


COTE D'IVOIRE

Le Pr Joseph Séka Séka nommé Ministre de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable le 10 juillet 2018 par le Président Alassane Ouattara sur proposition du Premier Ministre Amadou Gon Coulibaly a procédé à la lecture de la déclaration du gouvernement ivoirien sur la protection de la couche d’ozone le 16 Septembre dernier à l’occasion de la célébration de la journée internationale de la protection de cette couche.

Voici la déclaration intégrale du gouvernement ivoirien. Lire la suite...


EGYPT

The Ministry of the Environment celebrates the international day for the preservation of the ozone layer on Sunday in a hotel in Cairo.

The Ministry of the Environment has announced that Egypt has succeeded in losing approximately 99% of the highly influential substances on the ozone layer, due to the reduction in the use of some materials with a high coefficient of warming, which depend on many industrial sectors such as Freon gas in air conditioners and refrigerators. They have been replaced by environmentally friendly refrigeration technologies and technologies and other ozone-sensitive substances. Read more...


GUYANA

At the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we believe it is important to celebrate World Ozone Day because it brings educational awareness to the importance of the Ozone Layer. It is an important day to celebrate because countries around the globe signed the Montreal Protocol, and as a result, the Ozone Layer is healing itself. The treaty also led to the creation of the National Ozone Action Unit (NOAU) in Guyana which is a part of the Hydromet Office, Ministry of Agriculture. Read more...


INDIA

Stressing upon the need to strengthen active collaboration between the government, industries, industry associations and all stakeholders, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the World Ozone Day offers an opportunity to focus global attention and action on the vital environmental issue of protection of the ozone Layer. Dr. Vardhan added that this is a hallmark in implementation of ODS phase-out programme in the country. Dr. Harsh Vardhan pointed out that the Ministry has already undertaken an important initiative for upskilling of 100,000 Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Servicing technicians in collaboration with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) – Skill India Mission. The Minister underlined the need to work consistently under the aegis of the Montreal Protocol to phase out Ozone Depleting Substances. Read more...


IRAN

As part of its commitments under Montreal Protocol on protecting the stratospheric ozone layer, Iran has managed to phase out around 9,800 tons of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) by upgrading and overhauling 1,378 manufacturing and service industries, Ebrahim Hajizadeh, director of National Ozone Layer Protection Plan, said on the occasion of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on Sunday.  Read more...


JORDAN

Amman, Sept. 20 (Petra)- Minister of Environment, Nayef Fayez, said Jordan has already disposed 2.5 million tons of ozone-depleting substances, and announced about 700,000 tons of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are still to be disposed of over the coming decade, according to the Montreal Protocol for the Protection of the Layer Ozone.

During a ceremony held at the Ministry of Environment to celebrate World Ozone Day, the minister urged the donor countries to the Montreal Fund to maintain funding to enable developing nations to implement their programs, plans and strategies to implement the requirements of the Kigali Amendment to Montreal Protocol.  Read more...


KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

16 th of September is a special day for all National Ozone Units in the World. These day is devoted to the celebration of International Ozone Layer Preservation Day and NOU of Kyrgyz Republic organized activities such as open lectures and seminars in Bishkek, Osh and Djalal - Abad cities, in order to raise awareness about Montreal Protocol on substances, that deplete the ozone layer and negative effects of excessive UV radiation.  Read more...


MAURITIUS

Several activities will be organised to mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer celebrated on 16 September, each year. The theme for this year is Keep Cool and Carry On! The Montreal Protocol.

They comprise a panel discussion on ozone and mitigating the effects of climate change on 19 September 2018 and an exhibition from 17 to 21 September 2018 at the City Council of Port Louis. In addition, sensitisation campaigns to raise awareness on ozone related issues will also be held. Read more... 


MONGOLIA

The National Ozone Authority (NOA) of Mongolia successfully celebrated the World Ozone Day from 9th to 16th of September by organizing and participating number of events in Ulaanbaatar city and Dornogovi aimag (en. province).

On May 23, a bill of a renewed regulation of “The Procedure for Licensing the Import, Trade and Use of Ozone Depleting Substances” was submitted to the Government of Mongolia for 5th time in August since 2012 and approved on 5 September 2018 by the Cabinet Meeting of the Government. Read more...
 


MOROCCO

Enfin une cause qui a fait l’unanimité à l’échelle mondiale. Grâce à la mobilisation exemplaire et sans précédent de la communauté internationale au service de la protection de la couche d’ozone, la dégradation de cette couche qui nous protège contre les rayonnements ultraviolets du soleil a pu être stoppée.

Placée sous le signe « Gardons la tête froide et poursuivons nos efforts : le Protocole de Montréal », la journée internationale pour la protection de la couche d’ozone intervient cette année dans un contexte particulier marqué par le succès du Protocole de Montréal dans la protection de la couche d’ozone et sa contribution à la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique grâce à l’élimination de près de 100% des substances qui appauvrissent la couche d’ozone. Lire la suite...


MYANMAR

A Myanmar top official has called for all-inclusive efforts to lessen substances that cause ozone layer depletion, authorities said on Monday.

Observing World Ozone Day here on Sunday, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation U Ohn Win urged for efforts to alleviate the ill impacts of climate change and sustainable improvement of the natural environment and atmosphere for future generations, reports Xinhua news agency. Read more...

Myanmar's Ozone Day's report


NAMIBIA

NAMIBIA is among the developing countries leading the way in phasing out the use of substances that deplete the earth's protective ozone layer, says Trade and Industry Minister Hage Geingob.

He says Namibia is doing this with sound policy and legislation, and building smart partnerships with other government agencies and industries. Geingob said this a speech read on his behalf by a senior
official in his Ministry, Freddie /Gaoseb, at the commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer and the 21st International Ozone Day in
Windhoek on Tuesday. Read more...


NIUE

World Ozone Day 2018 is celebrated 16th September every year. This year, Niue marked World Ozone Day on Thursday 13th September due to the date falling on a Sunday for Niue. The Department of Environment celebrated this Day with the Early Childhood Education (ECE) and the junior classes of Niue Primary School.  Read more...


OMAN

The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, marked the International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, which falls on September 16 each year under the theme “Keep Cool and Carry on”.

A ceremony was held in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs on Sunday to celebrate the occasion with the launch of the third version of the initiative “Ozone Umbrella Protects the Future of Our Children”.  Read more...


PAKISTAN

On this day primary and secondary school educators throughout the world organize classroom activities that focus on topics related to the ozone layer, climate change and ozone depletion.

Some teachers use educational packages from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that have been specifically tailored to address topics about the Earth's ozone layer. Read more...


PAPUA NEW GUINEA

The Conservation and Environment Protection Authority of Papua New Guinea (CEPA) celebrated this year’s Ozone Day with 2 major activities under national theme: CONSERVATIVE COOLING FOR A SUSTAINABLE PNG! The first was the Ozone Day Fact of the Day radio text in competition. It aimed at providing awareness to the general public. There were 2 giveaways of K50 Digicel phone credits (main mobile telecommunication company) each day. For each giveaway an Ozone fact (statement) was read on air and the general public was urged to listen carefully and take note of the statement which would be followed by a question. Read more...


PHILIPPINES

Senator Loren Legarda on Sunday sounded the call for every Filipino to continue doing their part in protecting the ozone layer in keeping with the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty that encourages environmental protection amid climate change. Read more...


SENEGAL

La direction de l’environnement et des établissements classés a célébré hier 16 septembre à Dakar la journée mondiale de l’Ozone.

Partant de là, le Sénégal a régulièrement célébré la JMO à travers des activités réalisées au niveau national et délocalisées, pour informer et sensibiliser les acteurs à la base sur les enjeux liés à la destruction de la couche d’ozone.  Lire la suite...


SERBIA

The Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia celebrated World Ozone Day. The information in regard to this event has been posted on the website of the Ministry: http://www.ekologija.gov.rs/medjunarodni-dan-zastite-ozonskog-omotaca-se...

The Ministry of Environmental Protection organized a seminar in the National park “Đerdap” and Ozone Day was celebrated on that occasion as well. There were more than 80 participants.  Read more...
 


SEYCHELLES

Sunday, September 16 is the International Day for the preservation of the ozone layer, and this year’s theme is ‘Keep Cool and Carry On: The Montreal Protocol.’

As one of the world ambassadors of climate change Seychelles has over the years put in place various strategies to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. Read more...


QATAR

DOHA: Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment observed the ‘International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer’ yesterday.

The day which falls on September 16 focuses on the importance of protecting human health and the environment. This event commemorates the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987.

As part of these global celebrations, the Ministry received a delegation from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to share the efforts made by Qatar in its obligations to implement the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and 31 years after the Montreal Protocol, said a release. Read more...


REPUBLIC OF CONGO

L'appel a été lancé par la ministre du Tourisme et de l’environnement, à travers le message du gouvernement à l'occasion de la célébration de la Journée internationale de la protection de la couche d’ozone, le 16 septembre.

La communauté internationale célèbre la journée internationale de la protection de la couche d'ozone pour commémorer la signature, en 1987, du Protocole de Montréal relatif aux substances conduisant à la réduction de cette couche. Pour cette année, le thème choisi est « Gardons la tête froide et poursuivons nos efforts ». Read more...


RWANDA

Rwanda celebrates the World Ozone Day on 14th September 2018, in a colorful event which brought together various officials including Coletha Ruhamya, the Director General of Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and the Vice Mayor of the City of Kigali.

The celebration took place at Kigali Car Free Zone alongside the Exhibition of alternatives to ozone layer depleting substances and technologies that promote energy efficiency.

Exhibited materials include cooling natural gases (Hydrocarbons), Cooking gas, and electronic refrigerant among many others. Read more...


SOUTH AFRICA

The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson has urged all South Africans to minimise consumption of Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS) as the world commemorates International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer today, 16 September 2018.

The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, usually referred to as World Ozone Day, is an initiative of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and is observed as a result of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer on 17 September 1987. The Protocol seeks to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the ozone reducing substances.  Read more...


SRI LANKA

President Maithripala Sirisena says all must fulfill their respective duties to preserve the Ozone Layer, which is a wonderful creation of the nature to ensure the survival of the earth and its creatures.He made these remarks addressing the National Ozone day celebration held at the BMICH,yesterday (17th).  Read more...

  President blames politicians for environmental destruction


TIMOR LESTE

The National Ozone Unit of the National Directorate for Climate Change (NDCC), Ministry of Coordination of Economic Affairs organized an event to celebrate the 2018 World Ozone Day in Dili, Timor Leste on 17 September 2018.   This one-day event was attended by 80 participants from local stakeholders from different ministries, Customs Department, vocational schools, skill and competency institutions, importers of refrigerant and equipment, servicing workshops, universities and national media.  It is noted that new stakeholders e.g. the National Directorate for Renewable Energy as a focal of energy efficiency aspects also attended the event.  Read more...


TOGO

La Communauté Internationale célèbre le dimanche 16 septembre 2018, la Journée Internationale de la protection de la couche d’ozone sous le thème : « Gardons la tête froide et poursuivons nos efforts- le Protocole de Montréal ».

A cette occasion, le Ministre togolais, André JOHNSON, de l’Environnement et des Ressources Forestières, a livré le jeudi 13 septembre 2018 à son cabinet à Lomé, un message dans lequel il appel toute la population togolaise à une parfaite collaboration avec son Ministère, pour une mise en œuvre efficience du Protocole de Montréal au Togo.  Read more...


TONGA

The Director of the Department of Climate Change Ms Lu’isa Tu’i’afitu Malolo said the responsibility to protect the ozone layer and climate does not lie with the government’s alone. Individuals also play a huge role in protecting the ozone layer by using their refrigerators, air conditioners and others responsibly.

 

“The Government fully recognized that close cooperation and support from the general public is very critical.  International Ozone Day is the moment that all of us not only in Tonga but also in other countries should jointly celebrate the protection of the ozone layer.  It is the moment to think about how we can maintain the momentum of phasing out ozone-depleting substances, and at the same time, maximizing climate benefits in the future.”  Read more...

Ozone Day report - Tonga


TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Trinidad and Tobago celebrated World Ozone Day with several activities in the month of September.

These included Mall Displays (Trincity Mall), Community Awareness (Port of Spain Community), and Media Releases.  Activities for the month of September closed with Environmental Talks held at University of the West Indies Learning Resource Center on September 28 2018. Read more...


TURKMENISTAN

In honor of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, representatives of the National Ozone Unit (NOU) under the State Committee on Environmental Protection and Land Resources of Turkmenistan, with the Ozone Secretariat’s financial assistance, held a series of events under the slogan: “Keep cool and carry on”.

September 12, the first day, the NOU staff held a lecture on the protection of the ozone layer and climate change among students of the 10th and 11th forms of the orphanage “Palace of prosperity” named after the President UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. Lecture, scientific film and presentations on the problems of ozone depletion and active discussion on the problem were held for high school students. Read more... 


UKRAINE

In the lead up to World Ozone Day 2018, the Open lecture for Ukrainian youth was organized in Kyiv on September 15 by UNDP in in Ukraine in partnership with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.  During the event, around 100 young Ukrainians learnt more about the problem of the ozone layer depletion, the Montreal Protocol and it's Kigali amendment, the global achievements in the ODSs phase-out as well as Ukrainian commitments and progress achieved under the Montreal Protocol obligations fulfillment.  Read more...


UZBEKISTAN

This year's celebration of the International Day for the preervation of the Ozone Layer in Uzbekistan included 4 events organised jointly by the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Ecology and Environmental Protection, UNDP in Uzbekistan with the local and international partners with involvement of university students, environmental advocates, representatives of preivate sectors, NGOs, Government, mass media and ordinary citizens of the country.  Read more...


VIETNAM

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has totally eliminated the use of chloroflourocarbons (CFC) and fulfilled its international obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer over the past 24 years.

Lê Công Thành, deputy minister of Natural Resources and Environment, made the statement at a conference held today to mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on September 16. Read more...


VANUATU

The Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation (DEPC) in collaboration with the Department of Tourism, World Vision Vanuatu, Port Vila Municipal Council (PVMC) and the Vanuatu Environment and Science Society (VESS) celebrated the two events; International Ozone Day and World Clean-up Day which falls on the 16th of September on the 14th of September this year at the Sea Front Stage in Port Vila Town as a means of working together for environmental purposes. There were more than 250 participants from the different Government departments and Ministries, NGOs, Youth Groups, Students, media outlets and also the Vanuatu Police Commissioner was among those that were present and participated at the event.  Read more...


ZIMBABWE

The Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement held a symposium on the importance of the preservation of the ozone layer as well as the causes and impact of global warming.

The symposium held in Mutare saw various stakeholders engaging with the authorities on how best the ozone layer can be protected.

The gathering also sought to commemorate the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer commonly referred to as the World Ozone Day.  Read more...

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