International Ozone Day Celebrated
16 Sep 2013
The International Ozone Day 2013 was celebrated on 16 September following the tradition of earlier years since the UN General Assembly Resolution 49/114 designated this day as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
According to the UN Secretary General’s message on this day, “As we implement the outcomes of the 2012 Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the remarkable success story of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer provides a beacon of hope. It provides protection for the ozone layer, significantly contributes to climate mitigation and reminds us that, faced with existential threats, the nations of the world are capable of cooperation for the common good.”
In Bangladesh, the event was celebrated with a number of events including painting and poster design competitions aimed at raising awareness among school and university students. The culminating major event was held in Dhaka at Conference Hall of the Department of Forest. Mr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman Patwari, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests; Mr. Md. Golam Rabbani, Director General, Department of Environment; Mr. Md. Shahjahan, Additional Director General, Department of Environment were present at this important celebration.
UNDP Deputy Country Director Mr. Nick Beresford attended the event as Special Guest. Referring to this year’s theme, “A healthy atmosphere, the future we want”, Mr. Beresford noted that this year’s theme is especially relevant as it relates to ongoing global discourse on Post 2015 development agenda. He congratulated the three pharmaceutical companies—Beximco, Square and Acme—that received certificate of recognition for phasing out of CFCs in the manufacturing of inhalers – a major success story of partnering with the private sector under the UNDP supported MDI project.