The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer has been celebrated since the 1994 around the world and was established by the United Nations General Assembly. This day is held and celebrated every September 16 to mark the day back in 1987 when the Montreal Protocol was signed. The Montreal Protocol is an International Agreement which aims at restoring the ozone layer by controlling the production and consumption of the Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) gases. Kiribati is also a party to the Montreal Protocol. The Day is mainly intended to spread awareness of the depletion of the Ozone Layer and search for solutions to preserve it.
In celebrating the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer in Kiribati, the Environment and Conservation Division will set up a showcase booth at the Bairiki Square on the 16th of September 2016 for awareness raising and display activities to the general public. The booth will display awareness materials on ozone depleting substances (ODS) and to provide live awareness presentations, shows and dramas on Ozone Depleting Substances.
In this year’s celebration, the ECD will be joined by its Stakeholders, mainly private businesses and government institutions who are the primary importers and users of the ODS gases. They will display the type of ODS gases they use in refrigeration and air conditioning, how they handle ODS gases in real work situations, and they will also provide free repair services to the public on refrigeration and air conditioning.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Ozone and Climate – Restored by a World United”