Ozone

The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer focus on multilateral efforts to protect the Earth’s ozone layer.

WMO/UNEP Provides Updated Information on Ozone Layer [viewed]

unep-wmo5 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have published ‘Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer,' which complements the 2014 Scientific Assessment Report of Ozone Depletion. The publication aims to enhance understanding regarding the relationship between ozone depletion, ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) and the Montreal Protocol. Many of the questions and answers are updated versions of those presented in previous Ozone Assessments, and some have been elaborated upon, to address emerging issues.

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Montreal Protocol OEWG 35 Agrees to Work Intersessionally on HFC Management [viewed]

iisdrrs_owg3524 April 2015: The 35th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 35) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer concluded with Parties' agreement to continue to work intersessionally in an informal manner to study the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This work will aim to initiate contact group discussions on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, at OEWG 36.

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Policy Update #20: Learning the Politics of the Possible: An E-Course on the International Environmental Law Protecting the Ozone Layer [viewed]

The Montreal Protocol is highlighted as a successful international multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) through which international cooperation has led to the reduction of ozone depleting substances. The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, its Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and several subsequent amendments are noted to exhibit two types of multilateral success – reaching agreement among states with varied interests and achieving real-world reductions of harmful pollutants.

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AMCEN Declaration Urges Action on Climate Change, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Green Economy [viewed]

African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN)6 March 2015: African ministers called for adaptation-mitigation parity in the 2015 climate agreement at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). Ministers also supported measures to develop a common wildlife strategy, enhance natural resources management, ensure an inclusive green economy and support the continent's poverty eradication and sustainable development efforts.

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Policy Update #18: Global Climate Governance in 2014 in Retrospect [viewed]

From Each According to His Capability...

As the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC closed in mid-December 2014 in Lima, Peru, some returned to their homes feeling cautiously optimistic regarding the potential for a strong, ambitious outcome at the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015.

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Event: 36th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

This meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) will prepare for the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, scheduled to convene from 1-5 November 2015. The meeting is expected to discuss the outcome of the April 2015 workshop and OEWG-35 on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) management, the results of intersessional discussions on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, and proposed Protocol amendments on HFCs. The meeting also will discuss essential use and critical use exemptions to Protocol controls, and the quadrennial assessment reports of the Scientific Assessment Panel (SAP), the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) and the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP).  

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Event: 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 27th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 27) to the Montreal Protocol will convene from 1-5 November 2015.  

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Event: Workshop on Hydrofluorocarbon Management [viewed]

The Workshop on Hydrofluorocarbon Management is being convened by the Montreal Protocol Secretariat, immediately prior to the 35th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group.  

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Event: 35th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

This meeting will be proceeded by a two-day meeting on hydrofluorocarbon management.  

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UNEP, WMO Assessment: Fast-Track ODS Elimination to Accelerate Ozone Recovery [viewed]

unep-wmo19 December 2014: A report by nearly 300 scientists from 36 countries has concluded that ozone layer recovery will occur more rapidly if eliminating the production of the ozone-depleting substance (ODS) hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), and managing other remaining ODSs, are fast-tracked. ‘Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014' finds that phasing out the small remaining uses of ODSs, which are currently exempted from phase-outs, would hasten ozone recovery by about 11 years.

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