Ozone

UNEP Supports Bhutan's Ozone and Climate Plan [viewed]

7 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the Government of Bhutan's initiative to phase out ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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ICAO Announces Phase-Out of Halon-Emitting Fire Extinguishers [viewed]

16 September 2011: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), at the working group meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, announced that it has amended standards related to aircraft operations and airworthiness to phase out halon-emitting fire extinguishers on board.

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Iran Phases Out CFC-based Metered-Dose Inhalers [viewed]

7 September 2011: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ozone Secretariat have reported that Iran has become the first Asian-Pacific country to successfully phase out the use of metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) based on chlorofluorocarbon (CFC).  

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Secretary-General Calls for Climate-friendly Alternatives to Ozone Depleting Substances [viewed]

16 September 2011: The UN marked International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on 16 September. In his statement to mark the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to avoid replacing ozone-depleting gases with high global warming potential substitutes.

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Ozone OEWG 31 Considers HFC Phase-Down Proposal [viewed]

8 August 2011: The 31st meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 31) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer considered two proposals - one by the US, Canada and Mexico, and a second by the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) - to amend the Montreal Protocol to address hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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Multilateral Fund ExCom Supports China's Commitment to Cut HCFCs [viewed]

29 July 2011: During its 25-29 July 2011 meeting in Montreal, Canada, the 64th meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund agreed to grant US$265 million to China to cut hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) emissions by 2015. The agreement is expected to lead to dual ozone and climate benefits.

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UNEP Launches Ozone Africa Media Award Prize [viewed]

27 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Regional Office in Africa has announced the launch of the 2011 Ozone Africa Media Award. The award, which was established in 2010, aims to encourage the highest standards of excellence in environmental and scientific reporting, focusing on how ozone issues are addressed in Africa.

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Event: 64th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund [viewed]

This meeting will addrsss: status of contributions and disbursements; status of resources and planning; and programme implementation.  

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UNEP, MEAs Launch InforMEA Webportal [viewed]

14 June 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with 17 multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), has launched a new webportal, titled "InforMEA," that draws information from the MEAs' individual websites to permit a user to search for information related to decisions and resolutions, news and events, meeting calendars, and national focal points across all of the participating MEAs.

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Event: MEA Information and Knowledge Management Initiative Steering Committee Meeting [viewed]

This meeting is organized by the UN Environment Programme, with the participation of representatives from many multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The new webportal "InforMEA" will be launched during the meeting, among other agenda items.  

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