UN Commemorates International Day for Preserving Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat16 September 2013: The UN Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) celebrated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on 16 September 2013. The UN marked this year's Day under the theme 'A Healthy Atmosphere, the Future We Want.'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the Protocol is a "remarkable success story," significantly contributes to climate mitigation, and reminds us that, faced with existential threats, countries are “capable of cooperation for the common good.” Ban expressed hope that the success of the Protocol will “inform and inspire the international community in charting a new vision and responsive framework for the period beyond 2015.” [UN Day Webpage] [UN Press Release] [UNEP Press Release] [2013 Ozone Day Webpage] [WMO Press Release]