30 years of healing the ozone together!Sep 16, 2015
A number of events dedicated to the celebration of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer will take place in Tashkent and the regions of the country on 16th September, under the slogan “Ozone: All there is between you and UV”.
The array of thematic events will include a roundtable, interactive games for kids, photo sessions and quizzes on the significance and importance of preserving the ozone layer. Joint organizers of the events are the State Committee for Nature Protection of Uzbekistan, UNDP and GEF.
This year, the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer marks the 30th anniversary of the multilateral environmental agreement “The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer”. The states, which signed and ratified this treaty, collaborate in research, exchange information and take measures to prevent activities that could endanger the ozone layer.
The Montreal Protocol was an important next step to the Vienna Convention that received worldwide ratification with 197 states. Since then, four amendments have been made to the Protocol at different times. These amendments have widened the list of the controlled ozone-depleting substances, deadline for elimination of their production and consumption, as well as measures to limit relevant export-import operations.
According to experts, the ozone layer will revive because of the global gradual elimination of the ozone-depleting substances from household, industrial and agricultural use, and is estimated to return to 1980 levels between 2050 and 2070.
Uzbekistan ratified the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol in 1993 and is in full compliance with all the relevant requirements and provisions. “In Uzbekistan 95.95% of ozone-depleting substances have already been fully phased out ahead of the schedule” - said Nadezhda Dotsenko, Head of the Chief Directorate on protection of the atmosphere, at the State Committee for Nature Protection.
To ensure progress in phasing out of ODS, the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted the Resolution “On improvement of regulation of import and export of ODS and ODS-containing products to/from Uzbekistan”, bans on import and export of ODS and ODS-containing products with countries, which are not party to Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol and introduced the system for regulating the import/export of ODS and ODS-containing products.
The main objective of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is to increase the awareness of the population about the exisiting threats to the depletion of the ozone layers and the role of the ozone layer in mitigating the negative effects of the UV radiation on health, flora and fauna. Contests, quizzes, vivid stage performances by children, prizes and gifts – left a bright impression and highlighted the importance of a common team spirit in finding solutions to environmental concerns.
Secretary-General's Message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer