"International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer" is marked
on the 16th of September each year, which is the day on which more
than 190 countries signed the Montreal Protocol 1987, which sets the procedures
to be followed on the global, regional and local levels, in order to preserve
the layer ozone, and phase out the substances that deplete it.
The UAE is
celebrating the "2014 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone
Layer ", under the theme "Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes
On”, with the aim of phasing out the substances that deplete the ozone layer.
responsibility of the leadership towards this issue, His Highness Sheikh
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler
of Dubai, has recently issued a resolution on the national system for the substances
that deplete the ozone layer, which includes an appendix of materials,
equipment, and products that deplete the ozone layer to be under surveillance, and
it also includes another appendix of a table for the total elimination of
substances under surveillance, and equipment, devices, and products that deplete
the ozone Layer.
The UAE, through the
Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and many institutions
involved, stressed on the need for paying attention to the promotion of
scientific research, and accelerate the efforts to find techniques and applicable
practical solutions in this field, through research grants to fund the scientific
visits for the faculty members, funding of the research of graduate students,
and prizes for researchers and innovators, in addition to holding and
participating in workshops , scientific seminars, and volunteer days, and in other
regional and international forums.
Scientific Research Department of the Ministry has recently held a meeting with
the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology of the Ministry of
Presidential Affairs, and a representative of the research team from the
American University of Sharjah, who is handling the project of monitoring and
analyzing the concentration of ozone in the atmospheric layers using the recycling
model in the State, which is funded by the ministry.
Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon pointed out, on the
occasion of "International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer",
that since a quarter of a century and
more, the world has united its efforts to reverse the depletion of the ozone
layer that protects the Earth from harmful radiation emitted from space, and
the ozone layer is now on its way to recover during the next few decades, and
it is widely believed that the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the
Ozone Layer is one of the most successful environmental treaties in history, as
it puts legally binding controls governing the production and consumption of
ozone-depleting substances at the national level, and has the approval of 197
countries in the world.
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