Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan has said that Pakistan will continue to support global efforts and contribute to protect human health and environment by completely phasing out the use of ozone-layer-depleting substances (ODSs) and replacing them with more effective and environmentally-safer alternatives in line with the Montreal Protocol. Addressing the high-level ministerial segment of the Joint 11th Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol held in Montreal, Canada, he said that the country had been at the forefront in endeavours to phase out use of ozone depleting substances, according to a message received here.
He said ridding the world of 13 different ozone-depleting substances (ODSs), including hydro-chloro-fluoro-carbons (HCFC) and chloro-fluoro-carbons (CFC), was critical to protecting the ozone layer, which protected all life on earth from adverse fall-outs of the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun and its spill-over effect of environment. Environment and climate change ministers from around over 197 developing and developed countries attended the ministerial round table discussions on the theme “Montreal Protocol at 30: Identifying future opportunities and priorities” on November 23-24. The high-level segment of the meeting opened on November 23.
One year after they reached a landmark agreement (the Kigali Amendment) to phase down climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the 197 developed and developing country parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer met in Montreal, Canada, to enhance their efforts to protect the ozone layer and to mitigate climate change.
Among the issues the parties will consider the funding level for the replenishment of the multilateral fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol for the 2018 to 2020 triennium to support developing countries in their efforts to continue the phase-out of ozone-depleting hydro chloro fluoro carbons (HCFCs) and to initiate enabling activities for the phase-down of HFCs.
Mushahidullah Khan said that as the world marked the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol this year, there was a lot of good news to celebrate. “It is truly heartening to note that the Protocol has led to the phase-out of over 99 per cent of nearly 100 ozone-depleting chemicals and significantly contributed to climate change mitigation.—APP