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Rwanda calls on the world to pass an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol


Kigali, 15 September 2016 - Rwanda is calling on the world to pass an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances, which would represent the most significant global action to reduce climate change since the adoption of the Paris Agreement. The call comes as Rwanda joins the world to mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, held every year on 16 September.

More than 1,000 international leaders and ozone preservation and low carbon development experts are expected in Rwanda next month for the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, known as MOP28. Participants will discuss an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that, if passed, will result in the early phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – strong greenhouse gases used mainly in refrigeration, solvents, propellants and aerosols with a high global warming potential. The MOP28 will take place from 6-14 October 2016 at the Kigali Convention Centre.

Passing an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol in Kigali could avoid up to 0.5°C of global warming by the end of the century by phasing out the use of dangerous greenhouse gases known as hydroflourocarbons (HFCs). A successful amendment to the protocol would signal the international community’s commitment to practical action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement – limiting global warming to 2°C, and the more ambitious target of 1.5°C. 

We look forward to welcoming all Parties to the Montreal Protocol to Rwanda in the spirit of international cooperation. We are pleased to see so many countries supporting an ambitious amendment and are confident that it will be passed when we meet in Kigali in October. Rwanda stands ready to work with all Parties to find common ground and make the amendment a reality,” said Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources.

Rwanda is recognised for its leading role in implementing the Montreal Protocol, exceeding targets and beating deadlines set under the treaty. This includes achieving zero use of chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) ozone-depleting substances by 2010, a year before the set deadline.

Rwanda’s outstanding contribution to the preservation of the Ozone Layer earned the country the 2012 Ozone Protection Award from the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

About the Montreal Protocol

The Montreal Protocol is a global agreement that protects the ozone layer by phasing out the production of substances responsible for ozone depletion and climate change.

Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, there has been a 98% reduction in ozone depleting chemicals globally and the ozone layer is now healing and expected to recover by 2050. By passing an ambitious amendment to phase down HFCs, we may be able to prevent two million cases of skin cancer annually by 2030 and avoid up to 0.5°C of global warming by the end of the century. 

About #OzoneDay

Celebrated every year on 16 September since 1994, the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer commemorates the date of the Montreal Protocol signing in 1987 and provides the opportunity to reflect on the progress made to protect the ozone layer. 

The theme for the 2016 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is: Ozone and climate: Restored by a world united and is complemented by the tagline: Working towards reducing global-warming HFCs under the Montreal Protocol. This theme recognises the collective efforts of the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol towards the restoration of the ozone layer over the past three decades and the global commitment to combat climate change.



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