Dominica joined the rest of the international community today in commemorating “The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer”.
The theme for this year’s observance of World Ozone Day 2020 is “Ozone for life”.
This year marks 35 years of global ozone layer protection and Minister for Environment, Rural Modernization and Kalinago Upliftment, Hon. Cozier Frederick says Dominica is honored to be a part of this event.
“This commemoration offers an opportunity to re-focus attention and action at national, regional and global levels, on the protection of the ozone layer, to create awareness on, and to adopt environmentally friendly techniques to reduce the use of ozone-depleting substances,” Hon. Cozier Frederick said.
He added, “This year, we celebrate thirty-five years of global ozone layer protection. The theme, “Ozone for life”, reminds us that ozone is crucial for our life on Earth and we must continue to protect the ozone layer.”
He says, “Dominica is honoured to be a part of this event.”
On the 19th of December, 1994, the United Nations General Assembly, proclaimed the 16th of September to be the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
September 16th was also the day in 1987 that the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was adopted and signed in the City of Montreal in Canada. This Protocol, stemming from the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, is the international response to the problem of Ozone Depletion.
According to the address by the Minister, Dominica ratified the Vienna Convention for the protection of the Ozone Layer on 30th March, 1993 and the Montreal Protocol on the Depletion of the Ozone Layer on 20th June, 1993.
The minister also says, Dominica must turn ambition into action, and strengthen climate protection by harnessing the power of the Montreal Protocol to make progress in slowing the warming caused by hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), the fastest-growing of the greenhouse gases, and the ozone depletion caused by hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs).
“As such the Commonwealth of Dominica is working towards ratifying the Kigali Amendment, implementing a license and quota system for ozone-depleting substances, and exploring ways of creating a more robust and environmentally-sound Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Sector.”
“Dominica and other developing countries have demonstrated that, with the right kind of assistance, we are willing, ready and able to become full partners in global efforts to protect the environment. This is highlighted by our support of the Ozone Secretariat and the Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund. We are grateful for the financial support obtained from the Ozone Multilateral Fund that has enabled us to undertake our commitments. We also remain grateful for the undying technical support offered by the United Nations Environment Program – Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN Environment),” Minister for Environment, Rural Modernization and Kalinago Upliftment, Hon. Cozier Frederick says.
With the implementation of Dominica’s approved HCFC Phase-out Management Plan (HPMP) which was launched in 2011, Frederick says the government demonstrates its dedication, to phase out the use of the HCFC’s and now HFC’s by 2030.
Below is the full speech by the Minister for Environment, Rural Modernization and Kalinago Upliftment, Hon. Cozier Frederick on “The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer”.