INTERNATIONAL OZONE DAY 2015 IN ARMENIA
U N I T E D N A T I O N S N A T I O N S U N I E S
MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY
FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER
16 September 2015
Not so long ago, humanitystood on the brink of a self-inflicted catastrophe. Our use of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had torn a hole in the ozone layer that protects us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.
But we tackled this challenge. Thirty years ago, the international community signed the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. Under its Montreal Protocol, the worldunited to slash the production and consumption of CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances.
Together, we have succeeded in putting the stratospheric ozone layer on the roadto recovery by the middle of this century. As a result, up to 2 million cases of skin cancer may be prevented each year, along with even more avoided cases of eye cataracts.
As we look forward to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the effort by governments later this year in Paris to forge a new, collective path forward on climate change, the Montreal Protocol’s success should inspire us. It shows what we are capable of when nations act together on a global challenge.
But the work of the Montreal Protocol is not yet done. Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have been used as replacements for many ozone-depleting substances. While they do not deplete the ozone layer, they are extremely potent greenhouse gases and will contribute a great deal of warming to our already overheated planet inthe coming decades unless we act now.
Many countries are now considering using the Montreal Protocol regime to phase down HFCs. A political commitment to managing HFCs under the Montreal Protocol could be one of the biggest climate change wins in the lead-up to the Paris climate conference.It will also be another strong victory for multilateral efforts to safeguard our environment.On this International Day, let us ensure that we protect our climate the way we have preservedthe ozone layer.
REGIONAL AWARENESS RAISING IN PRE-SCHOOL INSTITUTIONS
On July 14, 2015 the National Ozone Unit of Armenia launched a series of awareness trainings in various regions of Armenia for children of pre-school institutions. During the lessons, children learn about the importance and necessity of natural heat and sunlight,the impact of the ultraviolet (UV) rays on human health, the huge threat they bring with them and the negative impact on the growth, development and productivity of plants. Children also learn about the ozone layer, which is the main natural protective shield against the UV rays. The lesson is concluded by the screening of “Ozzy Ozone” cartoon and the distribution of the thematic coloring books and pencils.
Armavir, Kindergarten N1 (44 children)
Ejmiatsin, Kindergarten N16 (60 children)
Charentsavan, Kindergarten "Hekiat" N5 (30 children)
Charentsavan, Kindergarten "Hrashk" N 8 (30 children)
Hrazdan, Kindergarten N 5 (33 children) and N 7 (30 children)
Abovyan, Kindergarten N 9 (32 children)
Ararat, Kindergarten N 2 (30 children)
Ararat, Kindergarten N 3 (35 children)
Zod, Kindergarten N 1 (30 children)
Martuni Region, Middle schools of Kert and Karahunj villages
AWARENESS EVENT AT THE ENGLISH SUMMER CAMP
On 8 July 2015 the National Ozone Unit visited the English Summer Camp in Tsaghkadzor. The visit was targeted at raising the awareness of 10-15-year-olds through open class in the English language on the ozone layer, ultraviolet radiation and its negative impact on human health as well as means of protection against it. T-shirts with the website address of the National Ozone Unit were distributed to the participants. The programme of the visit also included two hands-on sessions: making sun-protection hats with younger participants and awareness posters with older ones. The visit was concluded by the open-air screening of “Ozzy Ozone” and “Echo Planet” movies.
TRAINING OF CUSTOMS OFFICERS
A training of more than 40 customs officers from Ararat, Shirak, Syunik and Gugark Customs Houses and customs posts took place on 2-3 July 2015. The training course covered such topics as regulatory needs in the industry of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and ODS containing equipment in Armenia, changes in the ODS regulations and risks of illegal ODS trade as an implication of the accession to the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Cases of illegal trade in ODS and ODS-containing equipment also were presented at the training. To conclude the course the video on “Combatting the Illegal Trade in ODS” was demonstrated to the participants.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE REGIONAL OZONE NETWORK
The Annual Meeting of the Regional Ozone Network of Europe and Central Asia (ECA) took place in Yerevan, Armenia on 26-28 May 2015. The meeting is part of the agreed work programme of the ECA network under the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol which is supporting developing countries to comply with the Montreal Protocol provisions. The meeting was attended by the representative of about 20 network countries and countries with economies in transition.
It took place in the context of the accelerated phase-out of HCFCs which requires developing countries to achieve a 10% reduction of their HCFC consumption and developed countries a 90% reduction in 2015 compared with their respective baselines.
Watch the short video in Armenian.
Source - Armenia Television
AWARENESS SEMINARS AND OPEN CLASSES AT SCHOOLS OF YEREVAN
On 13-15 May 2015, National Ozone Unit of Armenia was organized an open classes and seminars at the basic schools N 61, N63 and N 154 of Yerevan, for informing children about ozone layer, ultraviolet rays and its impact on human health. At the end of the classes children learned the basic rules of how to have a right sunbathing, which is very important to know, especially before summer holidays.
INFORMATIONAL PUZZLES FOR CHILDREN
The National Ozone Unit under the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA has prepared a little surprise for the kindergarten children, who visited the Museum of Nature of Armenia. At the end of the tour they received informational puzzles of how to protect themselves from ultra-violet rays.
Round table discussion
On Changes in ODS and ODS Based Equipment Imports/Exports Procedure
On March 30, 2015, the National Ozone Unit organized a round table discussion on changes in ODS and ODS based equipment imports/exports procedures at the UN House of Armenia. Economic agents, Ms. Anahit Simonyan UNIDO’s Head of Operations, Mr. Armenak Melkonyan, Customs Focal Point, Ministry of Finance, and the representatives of the Atmospheric Air Policy division and Waste and Air Emissions Monitoring Agency under the Staff of the Ministry of Nature Protection participated in the discussion. During the meeting ODS related Legal Acts amendments resulting from the accessions of Armenia to the Eurasian Economic Union were presented. The issues raised in discussion were clarified through questions and answers session. At the end of the meeting the National Ozone Unit ensured circulating the sample application forms to all the participants and regular update on changes in this field.
OPEN CLASS DAY IN FIVE REMOTE BORDER COMMUNITIES OF SYUNIK REGION
On 15 November 2014 the National Ozone Unit under the Ministry of Nature Protection of RA organized an open class dedicated to the ozone layer for 82 schoolchildren of Shikahogh, Tsav, Chakaten, Srashen and Nerqin Hand remote border communities.
The Deputy Minister of Nature Protection of the RA Mr.Khachik Hakobyan started with the opening speech and presented the Ministry's ongoing activities particularly in this region. Next, the Head of UNIDO Operations in Armenia Mrs. Anahit Simonyan presented UNIDO's mission in Armenia.The head of the National Ozone Unit Mrs. Liana Ghahramanyan demonstrated the theoretical and didactic materials about the ozone layer protection, talked on the danger of the UV radiation and how to protect ourselves from it. The National Focal Point to the Ramsar Convention in Armenia Mr. Karen Jenterejyan spoke about special protected areas, their reach flora and fauna.
In the end children painted thematic images of the nature on a big poster. All pupils of five communities received school backpacks with necessary stationary, environmental educational brochures on various topics. The schools were awarded with bicycles and thematic games to be used during the physical training and geography classes.
- 08.09.2012 Let's Save the Earth, Terezyan Mariam (aged 14)
- 08.09.2012 Let's Save Nature from Disaster, Poghosyan Susanna (aged 9)
- 08.09.2012 The Earth Protects Itself from the Sun, Sargsyan Rafayel (aged 14)
- 08.09.2012 A Safe Rest, Galstyan Vladimir (aged 12)
- 08.09.2012 Girls of Future, Khachatryan Emma (aged 10)
- 08.09.2012 The Protection of the Earth, Apresyan Tigran (aged 9)