UN Secretary-General issues message on International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

UN Secretary-General issues message on International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
# 16 September 2009 08:59 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Kamala Guliyeva – APA. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, UN representation in Azerbaijan told APA. The message says:
“Sustainable development depends, in large part, on the implementation of agreed environmental goals, targets and objectives. Among the considerable number of multilateral environmental agreements agreed between states over the past 40 years, the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and, in particular, its Montreal Protocol stands out. The manner in which this instrument for repairing and recovering the Earth’s protective shield has been financed and implemented serves as an inspiring example of what is possible. Accumulating evidence indicates that the phase-out of substances known as chlorofluorocarbons or CFCs has, since 1990, alleviated the progression of climate change by as much as 12 years. International cooperation on CFCs is a timely affirmation that, through unity of purpose and concerted action, we can minimize risks to our planet and build a safer world for future generations. It is a lesson we must take to heart as we prepare for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.”
The Secretary-General says that hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, which are broadly used as replacements for ozone-depleting substances in foams, refrigeration and air conditioning systems, could contribute significantly to climate change by 2050, thereby undermining efforts to reduce the better-known greenhouse gases, principally carbon dioxide and methane from fossil fuel burning and deforestation.
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