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This June 5 is a perfect time to learn more about the ozone layer and how you can help protect it.

If someone called you right now on Zoom and asked you what the ozone layer does, would you be able to give a confident answer? As a hint, it acts a little like the earth’s sunscreen.

The good news is that the ‘holes’ in the earth’s protective ozone layer are getting smaller, and it is hoped that by 2060 this essential part of the stratosphere might be fully repaired. However, there is still work to be done, and we can all play our part by learning more and taking action.

This upcoming World Environment Day on June 5, we are launching an information campaign and inviting everyone to come online to test their knowledge on why the ozone layer is critical and needs to be protected. We will also be presenting how UNDP Uzbekistan’s HCFC phase-out project is working to protect the ozone by leading efforts to limit hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) emissions, and how each one of us can help achieve this outcome.

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Time for Nature’. In these exceptional times we are learning that to care for ourselves, we must care for nature. Find out more about the upcoming world event at

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