Mauritius: Workshop to Discuss the Way Forward for Preservation of Ozone Layer

Sergio Conner
September 19, 2017

Other actions taken comprise: training of Customs Officers in the fight against illegal trade of ozone depleting substances; capacity building for technicians for the safe use and handling of hydrocarbons in air conditioning units; and, installation of a Carbon Dioxide Cascade system at the Université des Mascareignes, he recalled. The figure has now swelled to 200 signatories, including the developed, as well as developing countries. Mali, Rwanda and Norway are amongst the countries to have already ratified the Kigali Amendment, he pointed out.

During the United Nations convention in Vienna for the Montreal Protocol, the General Assembly declared September 16 as the World Ozone day in order to remind the world of the depleting ozone layer.

Having partnered with Montreal on ozone protection since 1991, Turkey has implemented strict quota measures on the exports of substances that are harmful to the ozone, in adherence with the protocol which was created to reduce the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances in order to reduce their presence in the atmosphere, thereby protecting the earth's fragile ozone layer. Cancer, withering of plants, skin diseases and global warming are some of the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays.

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Every year on September 16, the World celebrates the worldwide day for the preservation of Ozone layer as the World Ozone Day. The timetable set by Montreal Protocol applies to consumption of Ozone depleting substances.

He underlined the importance of the ozone layer which acts as a shield to sustain life on earth and prevents harmful ultraviolet radiation emitted by the Sun. Since 1994, countries around the world have been celebrating World Ozone Day on this day to spread awareness on the ozone layer, its depletion and ways to preserve it.

The target is part of an global agreement among developing countries ratified thirty years ago with the signing of the Montreal Protocol. This year marks 30th anniversary of Montreal Protocol.

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