The Montreal Protocol is arguably the most successful international agreements penned.
Mr. Gary Lewis remarked: “The secret of the Montreal Protocol’s success was that the Protocol was rooted in a community of knowledge – in scientific consensus – and in partnership with industry.”
As the Representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mr. Alessandro Amadio discussed the role of industry in controlling ozone-depleting substances.
Mr. Lewis who is also the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as Mr. Alessandro Amadio, Representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) were among key presenters. Other keynote speakers included Dr. Saeid Motessadi, Deputy Head of the Department of Environment, Dr. Ebrahim Hajizadeh, the National Ozone Unit Project Manager, Dr. Baghestani the Head of the Flora Organization, as well as representatives from the Customs Organization, the Ministry of Trade Industries and Mines, and the Union of Cooling Industries.
Dr. Hajizadeh, the National Project Manager, described the Hydro-chloro-fluoro-Carbon (HCFC) phase out plan project activities leading to Iran meeting its obligations under the Protocol. He cited policy and regulations, training and information sharing, performance monitoring, and international collaborations with UNDP, UNIDO, The German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) and UNEP, as the major components of the project success. Dr. Motessadi, Deputy Head of the DoE, emphasized on the significance of people’s participation in decision making processes, as well as on international collaborations. Mr. Gary Lewis started his speech with the Secretary General’s Statement
This year’s celebration is marked by the theme: ‘The Mission Goes On’.
He then built upon this year’s Ozone Day Theme “The mission goes on”, to stress on the importance of the remaining work to be done in the context of the bigger climate change threat. Mr. Lewis referred to the preliminary findings of the Third National Communication Project to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) implemented by the DoE (TNC project) – saying that Iran faces a hotter and drier future. The UN Resident Coordinator shifted thereafter his speech to the topic of climate change, desertification, water scarcity and food security to raise awareness on the danger of continuing business as usual. Mr. Lewis ended by suggesting solutions, relying on actual good practices of what has been done so far to combat climate change.
UNIDO’s representative, Mr. Alessandro Amadio, recognized the mature Iranian industry and existing technical capacities to adopt new technologies. Mr. Amadio highlighted the issue of coordination among various ministries in the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, and the need to strengthen negotiation capacities. In that context, UNIDO’s Representative urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that international agreements are strongly supported by international law in order to make them sustainable.
The Ozone Day ceremony ended with an award presentation to a selected journalist from Salamat Radio News for her coverage on hazardous environmental substances. This was followed by a choir of students from a local girl’s school singing about the protection of the ozone layer.
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