INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER IN ARMENIA
16 SEPTEMBER 2013
THE UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY-GENERAL MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE OZONE LAYER
16 September 2013
Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary responses. A generation ago, the world’s nations agreed to act definitively to protect the ozone layer, initiating an inter-governmental process that blazed new trails.
As we implement the outcomes of the 2012 Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the remarkable success story of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer provides a beacon of hope. It provides protection for the ozone layer, significantly contributes to climate mitigation and reminds us that, faced with existential threats, the nations of the world are capable of cooperation for the common good.
My hope is that this success will inform and inspire the international community in charting a new vision and responsive framework for the period beyond 2015, the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Sustainable development, enabled by the integration of economic growth, social justice and environmental stewardship, must become our global guiding principle and operational standard.
On this International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, I commend all who have made the Montreal Protocol such an outstanding example of international cooperation. I urge Governments, industry, civil society and all other partners to apply the same spirit to the other great environment and development challenges of our times.
The Republic of Armenia ratified the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in October, 1999. The Country Programme for Phasing Out Ozone Depleting Substances to meet the country obligations under the Montreal Protocol was finalized in 2001, with assistance of UNDP and UNEP consultancy. GEF approved the Country Programme, but financing was made available only after the ratification of the Montreal Protocol London Amendment.
The Fourteenth Meeting of the Parties decided in Dec. XIV/2 to accept the application of Armenia to be listed as a developing country operating under Article 5 of the Montreal Protocol, taking into account its difficult economic situation, on the understanding that the process for ratification of the London Amendment in Armenia must be completed before any assistance from the Multilateral Fund can be rendered to the Party.
Armenia ratified the London and Copenhagen Amendments in November, 2003 and in 2004 GEF approved the Country Programme of Armenia for the second time.
Armenia further committed to comply with the Montreal Protocol implementation through the ratification of the Montreal and Beijing Amendments in December 2008. The National Ozone Unit (NOU) established in Janiary 2005 under the Ministry of Nature Protection of the Republic of Armenia, is the focal point for the implementation of the Montreal Protocol and coordination of all phase-out related activities in the country. The NOU actively cooperate with ministries and inter-ministerial bodies as well as with advisory groups such as NGOs, RAC and others.
The NOU is responsible for:
- Co-coordinating and managing the activities of the IS Project;
- Daily technical assistance to public and private counterparts, including SMEs end-users and customs offices;
- Continue monitoring and control of imports and use of ODS in cooperation with Customs Authorities.
- Update on a regular basis the Inventory and the data base, including improvement of the national electronic data base to cover HCFCs data;
- Assistance and co-ordination for the remaining phase-out project applications;
- Organization, implementation and monitoring of training sessions for local authorities
- Development of a public awareness programme;
- Review the current regulations and propose the necessary amendments, preparation of legislation and initiate the legislative measures to control the HCFCs
- Liaison between Government and responsible international organizations (Multilateral Fund Secretariat, Implementing agencies etc.);
- Information exchange with other Parties;
- Reporting of consumption data to the Ozone Secretariat of UNEP, on an annual basis, as per reporting requirements of Article 7;
- Reporting of progress on Country Programme implementation to the Multilateral Fund Secretariat and UNIDO, on an annual basis, as per decision 193 of the 13th ExCom.
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