Afghanistan has ratified the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete Ozone Layer on 17th June 2004. Over more than a decade, Afghanistan has been implementing project activities, regulations, and capacity-building activities to facilitate the phase-out of Ozone Depleting Substances in the country and remains in compliance. For this, assistance has been availed from the Multilateral Fund created for financially assisting developing countries on phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances.
The National Ozone Unit (NOU) is responsible for implementing the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer. Since its establishment, the Afghanistan Ozone Program has been progressing following the work plan indicated under the specific approved projects.
Besides all other activities, the National Ozone Unit, as a part of the awareness-raising activity, celebrates World Ozone Day, celebrated globally by all the parties to the Montreal Protocol, on 16th September every year.
Unfortunately, due to the recent political changes in Afghanistan, the National Ozone Unit of Afghanistan was unable to celebrate this day because of the temporary closure of all the organizations, but our commitment to retake the activities soon is in place.
Despite the current year’s COVID-19 pandemic, the Ozone Unit of Afghanistan had some significant achievements. These achievements include processing safety standards, processing the ratification of the Kigali Amendments to its final stage, validation of HPMP stage I and preparation for HPMP stage II, 25% reduction in HCFC consumption in the country, and drafting of the new Ozone regulation.
Our commitment to saving the Ozone layer by the successful implementation of the Montreal Protocol will continue.
Happy World Ozone Day!
Montreal Protocol: Keeping us, our Food and Vaccines Cool.
Celebration of World Ozone day 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imFkHvFKzE8&t=20s