You are at the heart of our OzonAction
Branch. Our activities are designed keeping your work and your
needs in the mind. The message that I want to share with you is
related to easing your tasks to meet the challenges to safeguard
the Ozone Layer and Global Climate System:
- . Ensuring
that your country achieves and sustains compliance with the Montreal
Protocol is the critical mission of your National Ozone Unit.
Phasing out ozone depleting substances is an important part of
that work. Safeguarding human health by protecting the Earth's
ozone layer is your ultimate objective.
- . The effectiveness of your Unit's performance
is assessed to a large degree by whether your country achieves
compliance with specific Montreal Protocol targets. However, the
ultimate measure of performance will be whether that compliance
is "permanent and sustained". That is the "finish
line" which we are all striving to reach.
Establishing and enforcing effective ozone protection laws and
regulations, and mainstreaming them in your national environmental
policy, are important means to achieve sustained compliance. The
Bali Strategic Plan
provides the reference point for linking the implementation of
the Montreal Protocol in your country with the national priorities.
- . We do not have
a guidebook on how to achieve compliance, since the Montreal Protocol
is the first agreement under which such collective global action
has been taken. So let us learn by sharing lessons from those
with experience and get inspired by others' actions.
The world community has made amazing progress in some areas, for
example eradicating certain diseases, by grass-roots awareness
programmes that employ innovative techniques. Your national programme
to implement the Montreal Protocol will also need to reach the
"bottom of the pyramid" and involve the "unreached"
parts of society.
The ozone layer prevents skin
cancer and cataracts, but more than that, it contributes to
poverty alleviation by protecting the marine food chain and improving
plant growth and harvests. Mainstreaming the ozone layer protection
activities in your country's poverty alleviation plans will be
an important step to get your key Ministries engaged.
- . When managing your Ozone Unit, think "outside
of the box". Consider whether in your country: your
campaign has reached villagers who are planning to buy their first
refrigerators. prosecutors and judges are aware of environmental
crime of illegal
imports of ODS industries are aware of technologies
that are not only
"ozone-friendly" but also "climate-friendly"
managers and engineers are well-versed with Life Cycle
Analysis (LCA) and Life Cycle Climate Performance (LCCP) as tools
to select alternative technologies. policymakers are aware
that the job of protecting the ozone layer is not yet over and
that it is closely
linked to many other multilateral environmental agreements
such as the treaties on climate change and hazardous waste.
If you need help with any of the above,
contact your Regional
Network Coordinator or talk to me.
- Head, DTIE OzonAction