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A Culture of Success is an interactive
video produced by the Multilateral Fund Secretariat to mark the
20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete
the Ozone Layer. It tells the story of the Multilateral Fund and
its achievement in the words of some of the people who made the
Fund a success.
Culture of Success
Regional Ozone Network for Europe and Central Asia (ECA network)
was the first network to
hold a celebration ceremony in honour of the 20th anniversary of
the Montreal Protocol. This took place on the first day of the ECA's
annual network meeting on 26 February 2007.
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During the Meeting of the Joint South Asia
/ South East Asia and Pacific Networks of Ozone Officers held in
Bhutan, 10-13 April, a celebration was also held in honour of the
20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol.
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Office for Asia and the Pacific organised a Regional Ozone Quiz
for the upcoming anniversary of the Montreal Protocol.
The quiz was won by two senior students from the Philippines Science
High School, defeating 30 other students from 15 countries in the
Asia-Pacific region. The students won $375 each including an all-expense
paid trip to Montreal to represent the Asia-Pacific region in the
celebration of the 20th anniversary on 16 September.
kids grand prize winners in international ozone quiz
Video clip on Ozone quiz competition
20th Anniversary celebrations held just prior and during the 19th
Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, the UNEP Division
of Technology, Industry and Economics, its OzonAction Branch, and
staff received awards in recognition toward their assistance to
developing countries in the global effort to phase out ozone depleting
substances and protect the ozone layer.
more on Award winners
The final list of awardees for all award categories is available
on the Ozone
Secretariat web site.
in addition to Antigua and Barbuda's on-going public awareness programme,
they will produce a general advertisement highlighting the 20th anniversary
of the Montreal Protocol. An official hand-over of the Education Pack
to officials in the Ministry of Education is also planned. An exhibition
involving schools and stakeholders including customs, the local Refrigeration
Association, importers of refrigerants and major importers of appliances
are to be included as well as the installation of street banners,
commemorative t-shirts and a message by the Minister to mark the day's
observance. All of this will be supplemented with the Ozzy Ozone video,
the local video produced by the Unit and the Caribbean Ozone Song.
Ozone Day Photos from Antingua and Barbuda:
The Science Coordinator in the Ministry of Education, Earal Skerritt,
speaks at the presentation ceremony of the Education Packs for primary
Officials in the Ministry of Education, along with the National Ozone
Officer and the President of the Antigua and Barbuda Air Conditioning
and Refrigeration Association, pose for presentation of the Education
Packs. From extreme left is Mr. Philip Lloyd, Education Officer in
the Education Broadcasting Unit, Emil Michael, Education Zone Officer,
Mrs. Patricia Collins, Officer for Measurement and Evaluation and
Science Coordinator, Earl Skerritt, National Ozone Officer, and at
extreme right is Randy Aska, President of the Antigua and Barbuda
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Association.
National Ozone Officer hands over Education Pack to Science Coordinator.
Officials view contents of the Education Pack.
Argentina plans to distribute a CD-ROM containing Good Practices in
Refrigeration at the International Fair of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning,
as well as a publication promoting the country's achievements under
the Montreal Protocol. On September 11 they will invite all the companies
that have been reconverted further to the chambers and official entities
that have cooperated, for giving them a commemorative plaque. Furthermore,
they will also participate in the Olympiads for the Environment Protection
and will distribute bags with a legend of the Ozone Day commemoration.
The Government of Bahrain is planning to commemorate the 20th Anniversary
of the Montreal Protocol by issuing a number of commemorative postage
stamps. This includes about 3 stamps, postcards and envelopes with
Barbados will have activities for highlighting the 20th anniversary
of the Montreal Protocol, including a customs training workshop. They
will also distribute t-shirts and will have a staff awareness seminar
for further awareness among the staff. The awareness committee will
also highlight their work and an Ozzy Ozone pin will be distributed
in schools and throughout the country. The Ozzy Ozone cartoon will
be displayed and they are developing a pilot project regarding human
health effects of ozone depletion.
Belize will launch the national ozone unit website, which was developed
under UNEP's ESTIS platform, and will also be broadcasting the Caribbean
Ozone Song. They will distribute the Ozzy Ozone story together with
national messages, visit primary schools giving presentations on the
ozone depletion issue and distributing awareness material such as
caps, t-shirts, and other items.
Bolivia have planned the printing of posters, the launching of the
new webpage of the Ozone Unit and an education programme in teachers'
centers for introducing the issue of the ozone layer protection in
the curriculum. Further, the awards ceremony of the technicians in
good practices in refrigeration will be carried out during these days.
The activities for commemoration of the 20 years of the Montreal Protocol
will be accomplished in the scope of the activities in course. Graphic
materials about the National CFCs Phase-out Plan will be produced.
The Ministry of the Environment will keep a stand of 300 m2 at the
International Fair of Refrigeration, Air conditioning, Ventilation,
Heating and Air Treatment - FEBRAVA, considered the biggest fair of
the sector in Latin America, which will take place in Sao Paulo from
18th - 21st September. The visitors of FEBRAVA will find information
about the CFCs recovery, recycling and reclaim, best practices in
refrigeration, automotive sector, among others. Lectures will be offered
in the stand on the subject of: The Ozone Layer; Alternative Fluids
and the Brazilian results on the Ozone Layer protection. In partnership
with the Ministry of Health, a symposium of sensitization for the
medical sector is being prepared on the MDIs and the effects in health
due to the destruction of the ozone layer. During this year, copies
of the animated cartoon Ozzy Ozone will be distributed to different
stakeholders, public servers of the Ministry, refrigeration technicians
and visitors of the FEBRAVA. The Ministry of Environment will take
part in the commemorations of the 20 years of the Montreal Protocol,
organized by the Company of Technology of Ambient Sanitation - CETESB,
in Sao Paulo, performing lectures on the Brazilian results regarding
the Montreal Protocol commitments.
The closing of the Awareness Campaign for technicians and children
will be carried out as well as the awards ceremony of the Children
Painting Contest named "I protect the ozone layer". Further,
seminars for technicians, professionals and journalists will take
place about the Montreal Protocol, the protection of the ozone layer
and on the existing national legislation on this issue. At the same
time, the Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA together with
the University of Magallanes and the National University of La Patagonia
will carry out an event for the launching of the project for measuring
the ozone layer and UV radiation in the Austral Chilean-Argentinean
From the 11th to 16th of September Colombia will be having different
activities in eight cities, including puppets presentations, press
conferences and contests regarding the ozone issue. As a result of
the campaign last year in the Sun Festival for choosing the best ozone
song in the country, this year ten songs have been selected and a
CD will be produced with the best songs related with the ozone layer
In the city of Santa Marta, on 16th September an activity with
150 children from different schools will prepare a "Declaration
for the Protection of the Ozone Layer". Also, during the central
act they will announce the ruling that bans the manufacturing of
ODS-containing equipment and will present the third edition of the
Ozone Magazine as well as the second edition of the Manual of Good
Practices in Refrigeration.
The main event in Costa Rica will be held on dates other than 16th
September in order to capture all the attention of the media regarding
the country's achievements on ODS phase out according to the commitments
under the Montreal Protocol. The inauguration of a laboratory for
the production of biologic controllers of plagues and diseases will
be carried out, in which several Ministers and all involved stakeholders
will be present. Additionally, there will be several acknowledgement
acts for the different contributors as well as the presentation of
Cuba will have different events like a press conference for addressing
the ozone depletion issue and the country's achievements, an awareness
activity with children in the Natural History Museum, in the National
Aquarium of Cuba and in the National Zoo Park, as well as an exposition
on the achievements during the 20 years of the Montreal Protocol.
On 11th September a central act will be carried out in the Capitolio
and the emission of a commemorative mail stamp is expected.
Other activities will be performed in all provinces of the country;
for example a national scientific activity about the actions for
protecting the ozone layer, a workshop on methyl bromide phase out,
a kite festival, painting activities, an activity with plastic artists
and cartoonists, and a sport marathon.
The Ozone Focal Point for the Czech Republic
is preparing a book on ozone protection and an information brochure.
Dominica has focused these celebrations
on awareness activities, mainly on educating the public. They will
launch the OzonAction Education Pack for which they have invited
the Minister of Education and the Minister of Environment. They
will distribute the pack to primary schools and will visit secondary
schools and show Ozzy Ozone cartoon for discussion and questions
from them. Regarding the media, diffusion will be made in radio
and TV talk shows, in the news through press releases and banners.
Dominica also plans to prepare a Creole language add for highlighting
the importance of the ozone layer. They have worked with the Refrigeration
and Air Conditioning Association to host together a symposium with
customs, technicians, students, and industry, which will be a refreshing
course. The media diffusion will also include regulations for public
Dominican Republic will involve its authorities
in the celebrations. Among the different activities that they will
have in the occasion of the international ozone day, a magazine
will be distributed on the implementation of the Montreal Protocol
in the country, an interview with the Secretary of Environment and
there will be a conference in the school that groups the country's
engineers and architects. The Awards ceremony of the children painting
contest will be carried out as well as an interview on ozone protection
on 17th September will be aired by the most important radio program.
Ecuador: In the main event the assistance
of Alexander Cede, a NASA expert is expected; he will talk about
ozone layer depletion. The event is directed at the academia and
public sectors, as well as the general public. They also have an
agreement with the Ministry of Education for launching the national
painting contest in the country's provinces.
A presentation of acknowledgement plaques will take place for the
companies that have been reconverted under the Montreal Protocol,
and the presentation of the OzonAction Education Pack to the primary
school teachers. Further, there will be newspaper and radio notes
on the issue, the opening of a new course cycle on good practices
in refrigeration, and the elaboration of educational material with
leaflets about the Montreal Protocol.
The newspapers will diffuse information about the celebration and
about ozone layer depletion. The Minister of Environment will attend
the celebration and other different activities including the presentation
of the OzonAction Education Pack. The celebration will take place
on 24th September with an event in which the Minister will present
the certificates to the technicians in good practices in refrigeration,
and will also hand over equipment and tools to the different entities
The National Ozone Unit, Fiji conducted several activities in relation
to the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol:
- Ozone Awareness for the Ministry of Education. This was attended
by Curriculum unit of Ministry of Education, Minister for Labour,
Industrial Relation, Tourism and Environment and other staff of
Ministry of Education;
- A Secondary School National Ozone Quiz Competition was launched;
- Poster Design competetion for Primary, Secondary and Tertiary
- Project Skyhole Patching Workshop for Border Control Customs Management
and mid-Management level officers;
Radio talk show "Vakariba Malamala" on Viti FM station
with NOU as guest;
- Launching of Solar Heat Treatment Kiln in cooperation with stakeholders,
government representatives, MBr Consultattive Working Group, NGOs,
UNEP and Autralian Choice Timber PTY Ltd.
In Grenada the most significant activity will be a 30 minute television
production highlighting the success of the Montreal Protocol locally
and globally. This will include interviews with all stakeholders (customs
officers, technicians, importers, consumers and government officials),
locally produced commercials and TV spots. There will also be an official
Ozone Day message by the Minister of Health and the Environment on
radio and television.
Also planned is the first year anniversary celebrations of the
Grenada Refrigeration, Air-Condition and Ventilating Association
which was commissioned on 16th September 2006 and coincides with
International Ozone Day. As part of their plans a retrofit demonstration
and exhibition will be staged. There will also be the distribution
of Public awareness and Education materials (t-shirts, brochures,
bookmarks and activity books) to primary and secondary schools and
Guatemala plans to publish an advertisement on the commemoration
of the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol in the Ministry's
webpage and of the Ozone Unit. Also, an award recognition will take
place for the reconverted companies under the Montreal Protocol
and they expect to distribute printed material provided by UNEP.
Guyana will have several activities to raise awareness for educating
and informing the public about the ozone depletion issue. They will
have live radio and TV shows, newspaper articles, discussions with
schools and open air activities. They will also produce banners
and intend to have the 'PA' component in the papers, TV and radio.
In Haiti the celebrations will mainly be focused on awareness,
including the education sector and other specific sectors. The celebration
will take place after the 16th of September in order to have more
contact with the Education Ministry and make the launching of the
OzonAction Education Pack.
Honduras currently have a national awareness plan for schools and
universities, and for the involved institutions such as Customs,
the Border Police, and the Agricultural Ministry. The Inter-Institutional
Committee will also emphasize the commemoration of the 20th anniversary
of the Montreal Protocol, and it is also planned to distribute leaflets
and posters on the issue.
National newspapers will include articles addressing the ozone
depletion. Also a painting contest will be carried out in the southern
zone where the population and industry are concentrated and the
Manual on Good Practices of Refrigeration will be presented together
with the distribution of recovery and recycling equipment. Further,
the submission of the ratification document of the Beijing Amendment
to the United Nations Headquarters is expected to be done during
these days, and they will also have the official launching of the
technicians training and certification programme.
The Ozone Cell of the Ministry of Environment and Forests organised
the following activities to mark International Ozone Day:
(a) Published the booklet titled " The Montreal Protocol :
India's Success Story " which apart from the evolution of Montreal
Protocol gives the various initiatives taken by the Government of
India to fulfill the obligation of the Montreal Protocol.
(b) Published a poster, pledge and a sticker for distribution to
industry people, Government Officials and students with a view to
raise public awareness .
(c) Telecast of a film on Montreal Protocol and Ozone Layer by the
(d) Children's Painting Competitions .
(e) Publication of Posters, information brochuers, stickers etc
(f) Competition in schools on awareness of the Ozone Layer problems
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The Kerala State Poluttion Control Board (SPCB) and the Kerala unit
of WWF - India organised a one-day awareness programme and competitions
for school students in association with the Internation Day for
the Preseervation of the Ozone Layer.
article from The Hindu
During the week leading up to Ozone Day Jamaica have planned to
hold interviews on TV and radio on the ozone depletion as well as
on the achievements of the country over the twenty years since the
Montreal Protocol was signed. They will also have an Information
Fair to raise awareness on Ozone Layer depletion. At the fair there
will be exhibition booths with exhibitors such as the NOU. Also
an advertising feature will be placed in a national newspaper and
it will have articles on ozone layer depletion and advertisements
The Ozone Center of Kyrgyzstan has organized
and facilitated a number of events and activities, devoted to International
Ozone Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer and celebration
of the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol.
here to view list of activities.
The Ministry of Environment in Lebanon
organised a national poster contest on ozone protection in which
170 posters were received from school children, university students,
freelancers, graphic design companies etc.
A panel of judges has been formed to select the 3 best posters
in Lebanon. However, considering the large number of posters received,
another selection of the 10 best posters will be sent to the Ozone
Secretariat to participate in the
20th Anniversary Awards/Contests.
The Macedonian Ozone Unit is preparing an Ozone play to be performed
at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol
and International Ozone Day.
Mexico will have several activities at national level including
activities in schools with stories. There will be a tribute to Dr
Molina for his valuable contributions toward ozone layer protection
and climate change; a stamp will be printed in honor of Dr Molina.
Activities will be carried out after 16th September and the commemorative
ceremony will be made at the Official Residence of Los Pinos with
the presence of the President of the Republic. Also, there will
be a symbolic hand over of recovery and recycling equipment, publicity
in magazines, and distribution of book separators and postcards.
Moldova will undertake the following activities to celebrate the
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer:
- A press release regarding the achievements of International/National
community to save the Ozone Layer and 20th Anniversary of the
Montreal Protocol will be transmitted to the media;
- Press conferences with participation of notable scientists,
civil servants and mass-media representative;
- Workshop with teachers (geography) from primary schools;
- An ecological hour on the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol
in all primary and high schools of the Republic;
- Broadcasting of special radio transmissions (round table discussion)
in the format "ECO-TERRA", under the topic "20th
Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol";
- Broadcasting through national TV the Ozzy Ozone cartoon video
(translated into Romanian language)";
- Broadcasting the advertisements "Ozzy and Isabella"
and "Buy Ozone Friendly Products";
- In cooperation with the Ministry of Education the NOU will
distribute T-shirts, hats, pens, pencil box, cups and parasol
with the inscription "Salva?i Stratul de Ozon" (Save
Ozone Layer) to children's homes, boarding schools and families
with many children.
The celebrations in Nicaragua since the Environment Day back in June
with several activities. These activities include the diploma presentation
of advanced training courses on good practices in refrigeration and
a conference to students on the Montreal Protocol and its 20 years
of work. For the International Ozone Day, several diffusion activities
are expected and include two publications for written mass media,
and an informative mural, events wherein the importance of Ozzy Ozone
will be emphasized, the delivery of equipment and conferences in different
schools of the country.
Panama will have activities in radio media about the issue of protecting
the ozone layer and in newspapers there will also be diffusion of
the same. They plan to coordinate with the Ministry of Education for
exhorting children in schools during the first fifteen days of September
to research about the ozone layer and the actions they can take for
Paraguay will have a special day with the press and a session related
to the effects of the ozone layer depletion in the human health. There
will also be a launch of an informative pamphlet which will be attended
by children and the Secretary of the Environment.
An Information note will be prepared by the media and the Ozone Unit
will also prepare the same for their webpage . Also regional conferences
supported in the Refrigerants Management Plan as well as the presentation
of the certification ruling of refrigeration technicians will be carried
out wherein the first certifications of approval of the course will
be given. Further, conferences at education centers will be organised
where parents and school children will work jointly with the Ozone
Pas de Paix sur Terre sans Ozone dans l'Atmosphère ! Tel
a été le slogan des activités organisées
par le Programme Educatif de l'Institut Jane Goodall au Congo à
l'occasion de la célébration, dimanche 16 et vendredi
21 septembre 2007, à Pointe Noire, des Journées Mondiales
de la Protection de la couche d'Ozone et de la Paix.
les activitiés du Congo à l'occasion de la Journées
Mondiales de la Protection de la couche d'Ozone et de la Paix
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of Serbia designed and issued new stamps and envelopes for the ocassion
of International Ozone Day and the Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol
in Sept 2007.
The main event includes a speech from the
Prime Minister and the ozone web site will highlight the 20th anniversary
of the Montreal Protocol. They will also distribute polo shirts
with an ozone layer protection message and will broadcast a public
service announcement to encourage technicians to go certified. Further,
they plan to give prizes to stakeholders who have collaborated in
implementing the Montreal Protocol in the country.
They will hold public exhibitions as well
as a TV add for ozone awareness and the effects on health from ozone
depletion. They will particularly highlight what people can do to
help protect the ozone layer. An Ozzy Ozone review will also be
made and the national ozone committee plans a community event and
will do public awareness talks. They expect the involvement of the
Minister in the celebration activities. The technicians will also
have a particular event within the refrigeration and air conditioning
association. T-shirts and pamphlets will be distributed on the ozone
layer protection issue as well and an event with customs will also
The activities in Suriname have been established
in four stages: stage 1: schools will be asked to participate in
the Ozone Quest; stage 2: is the development of a giant Ozzy Ozone
board; stage 3: is the celebration of country accomplishments; and
stage 4: is a series of five articles in the local newspapers from
July to October, which comprise of several topics on ozone and the
Montreal Protocol such as the ozone layer, the international and
national implementation activities, a review of trainings given
to customs officers and refrigeration engineers, the international
and national policy and legislation on ODS, and a summary of activities
of the National Ozone Unit to celebrate 20 years of the Montreal
Protocol and 10 years of the ratification by Suriname.
Their celebrations will take place during
the entire month of September. They include having display activities
in the malls and national libraries for the public, information
on the ozone layer protection on radio and TV, and production of
awareness material geared toward customs officials, refrigeration
technicians and all refrigerant retailers informing them on the
complete phase out of CFCs. A commemorative stamp as well as a souvenir
sheet will also be produced in recognition of both the 20th Montreal
Protocol Anniversary and Trinidad and Tobago's December 31st 2007
CFC phase out date.
The National Ozone Unit, Turkmenistan,
is planning to issue an article in a newspaper and a broadcast for
the celebration of International Ozone Day. Also, a thematic meeting
is planned at the Ministry of Nature Protection devoted to the 20th
anniversary of the Montreal Protocol.
EHS, the Environment, Health and Safety
regulatory arm of Dubai World, organised an awareness campaign aimed
at educating people on the environment, particularly the harmful
effects of ozone depletion.
As part of the awareness drive, held to mark the International
Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, EHS organized a special
programme in Dubais Ibn Battuta Mall, where shoppers were
asked questions about the environment, ozone depletion and ways
to guard against it, with electronics devices and other gifts as
prizes for the correct answers.
There was also a special colouring area set up for children to
colour pictures with emphasis on the environment and the earth,
and presenters from Decision Makers TV conducted the evening.
here for entire article.
The press will be received at the Ozone
Unit to give them information on the work that the country has been
doing and in addition they will give interviews. There will be articles
in newspapers and distribution of material in several places which
talk about the protection of the ozone layer and health. Further,
in the exhibition space science, there will be a stand for the children
with a video called 'An adventure full of life', which teaches about
ODSs, how to protect the ozone layer, and as a complement a magazine
will be given.
The main activity is a workshop in a hall where the reconversion
of companies and a graph on the advances of the country in the implementation
during the 20 years of the Montreal Protocol will be shown. Also,
for geography professors in charge of teaching environmental subjects
to children, there will be a special event in which a specialist
in health will also be present to talk about the subject.
Traditionally they have addressed the issue
through the media and they have been carrying out awareness activities
throughout the year. This year they have focused awareness for children
and teenagers, through an interactive video that was implemented
in the Children Museum Foundation and that had a great reception
from about 2500 people. They have also organized 15 film forums
with Al Gore's movie which is related to the ozone issue.
The Pharmacy Faculty of the Central University of Venezuela have
developed a protection lotion for massive distribution in geographical
areas of greater exposition to ultraviolet radiation; and they plan
a creativity contest for teachers with proposals of classroom pedagogical
projects, thus giving continuity to the contest of last year where
ten teachers received awards.
There will be special sessions for handing over recovery and recycling
equipment and in October will take place the first International
Fair of Clean Technologies where special diffusion will be given
to the use of hydrocarbons as alternative refrigerants.
Venezuela is working on a musical video clip on the issue of protecting
the ozone layer.