|Protecting Ozone, Protecting You, The Mission goes on , 16 September 2014|
United Nations Secretary-General's Message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, 16 September 2014.
Just over a quarter-century ago, the world united to reverse the rapid depletion of the atmospheric ozone layer, which protects Earth from harmful radiation from space. Today, the ozone layer is well on track to recovery within the next few decades.
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is widely recognized as one of the most successful environmental treaties in history. It establishes legally binding controls on the national production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances, and enjoys universal ratification by 197 parties.
Recent scientific findings reveal the importance of the Montreal Protocol. Without the Protocol and associated agreements, atmospheric levels of ozone-depleting substances could have increased ten-fold by 2050. Concerted action has prevented millions of cases of skin cancer.
The Protocol has also significantly contributed to the fight against climate change, as many ozone-depleting substances are powerful greenhouse gases. Climate change is affecting communities, economies and ecosystems across the globe. It is essential that we act to mitigate the threat with the same unity of purpose as we have in facing the dangers of ozone depletion.
Let us take inspiration from our efforts to preserve the ozone layer. The Montreal Protocol has shown that decisive action by the international community, including the private sector, can achieve transformative results for the common good. Let us learn from this example and apply its lesson to the urgent task of addressing the climate challenge.
- The Ozone Secretariat
- Ozone Day 2014 activities
- Ozone Day 2014 Social Media Pack - UNEP OzonAction
- Ozone Day 2014 Concept Note - UNEP
- UN Division for Sustainable Development: Atmosphere
- UNEP: How Montreal Protocol implementation contributes to the Millennium Development Goals
- UNDP Ozone Layer Protection and Chemicals Management
- UNIDO Montreal Protocol: National Ozone Units
- UNIDO: Greening of Industry under the Montreal Protocol
- The World Bank and the Montreal Protocol
- WMO Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW): monitoring of the ozone layer
- WMO Global Ozone Research and Monitoring Project Reports
- WMO brochure on the protection of the ozone layer
Latest ozone measurements
- Global ozone map
Meteorological Service of Canada & Environment Canada
- Status of the ozone layer over the South Pole
NASA Ozone Watch
Publication : Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion : 2014.
The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades thanks to concerted international action against ozone depleting substances, according to a new assessment by 300 scientists.The Assessment for Decision-Makers, a summary document of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014, is being published by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and is the first comprehensive update in four years.
|Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion : 2014|