Canada receives UN award for ozone protection leadership

    MONTREAL, Sept. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Environment Minister, John
Baird, today received an award on behalf of the Government of Canada from the
United Nations Environment Programme for Canada's important contribution to
making the Montreal Protocol on ozone protection a success.
    "I am honoured that Canada has been recognized by the United Nations for
its leadership in protecting the ozone layer," said Minister Baird. "Twenty
years ago, under Canadian leadership, we took a major step forward to protect
the ozone layer. Twenty years later, Canada is again showing leadership by
pushing for an aggressive phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). I am
proud of the role Canada continues to play on the world stage."
    Under the Montreal Protocol, countries have committed to eliminating
harmful substances, called hydrochlorofluorocarbons that deplete the ozone
layer and contribute to global warming. As the host of the 20th Anniversary
meeting in Montreal, Canada has joined with the United Nations and other
countries in calling for serious action now in order that ozone preservation
and climate change - are addressed together.
    Protocol signatories are meeting this week to chart the future of the
Protocol, to ensure that the world remains on track to phase out the remaining
uses of ozone-depleting substances. The original Montreal Protocol on
Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed in 1987 by 24 countries,
including Canada. Since then, more than 190 countries have signed on, and more
than 95% of the chemicals that harm the ozone layer have been eliminated.

    (Egalement offert en français)

For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada, Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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