"Asking a question means engaging with an adventure of
carrying out an exploration and reaching out to the borders of the
universe of knowledge."
That's how some philosophers describe the search for knowledge.
The DTIE OzonAction Programme is providing you with an opportunity
to expand your knowledge about key issues related to compliance
with the Montreal Protocol.
Your questions, and the answers provided by the staff of UNEP's
Compliance Assistance Programme (CAP), will stimulate public dialogue
and provide a better understanding of ozone issues and the efforts
to protect the ozone layer.
"When the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the
Ozone Layer was signed twenty years ago, it was far from certain
that such a turnaround was possible. At that time, the world spewed
out nearly two million tons of ozone-depleting substances annually.
These chemicals were used in agriculture and in refrigeration, in
pharmaceuticals as well as in furniture manufacture. Their pervasiveness
led some to believe that eliminating them was both impractical and
Twenty years later, the developed world has nearly phased out
these substances. And their use in the developing world has plummeted
by over 80 percent. I congratulate all Parties to the Montreal Protocol
for this remarkable achievement. Their vision and commitment have
translated into real gains."
That is how UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the Montreal
Protocol in his message on the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal
Protocol in September 2007.
But why is the Montreal Protocol considered a success? What are
the parameters of its success? What technologies are being put in
place to save the ozone layer? Which parts of society and sectors
of industry are affected? Have alternative technologies been easy
to develop? How are governments in developing countries participating
in its implementation? What is the role of developed countries?
What are the upcoming challenges? Is the Protocol's success to date
because it has clear time-bound targets? What lessons can be gleaned
from the implementation of this treaty? Is the success replicable
or is it unique?
Now you have opportunity to raise these and any other related questions,
technical or otherwise. The questions could be about global, regional
or country-level issues related to the Montreal Protocol or ozone
You may pose these questions to our team of OzonAction. We will
designate one Q&A coordinator for each session where he will
answer the question or contact a relevant expert from the Montreal
Protocol Assessment Panels, industry or national focal points to
get you the best response.
Let us interact to understand the real dimension of the Montreal
Protocol. Let us embark on a knowledge adventure and reach out to
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