By Tendai Guvamombe

World over, all countries observe the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer which is celebrated on the 16th of September on annual basis. This year marks 35 years after the the signing of the Montreal Protocol, an agreement that provides for the phasing out of Ozone depleting substances.

This year, Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry held an event to mark the Ozone Day Commemorations at Bronte Hotel in the Capital. Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Private Sector, Media and Youths Organizations attended the event.

This year’s commemorations runs under the theme, “Montreal Protocol @35: GLOBAL CORPORATION PROTECTING LIFE ON EARTH.”

Farai Banda ZIMRA Training Officer explains to Environment Permanent Secretary Ambassador Faranisi on how Ozone Depleting substances are detected at boarders

Delivering remarks on behalf of Honourable Mangaliso Ndhlovu, Minister of Environment Climate Tourism and Hospitality Industry, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry Ambassador Raphael Faranisi, reiterated on the relevance of this year’s theme in reflecting on the positive strides attained since the time when the Montreal Protocol and recommendations that emerged from Kigali Amendment were entered into force.

“This year’s theme recognises the milestone achievements under the Montreal Protocol and its Kigali Amendment in protecting human beings, plants, and animals against adverse effects of ozone layer depletion and global warming. Through the Montreal Protocol, million cases of skin cancer and eye cataracts due to ultraviolet radiation have been prevented worldwide.”

Ambassador Faranisi hails True Vision for a hilarious drama performance on Ozone

Members of the National Ozone steering Committee, Technical Committee on adoption of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for domestic refrigerators, representatives from the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC) Associations updated stakeholders on the current steps.

A hilarious drama performance on Ozone by True Vision provided a unique angle of Ozone awareness.

Stakeholders at the International National Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer