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    International Ozone Day national ceremony on Sept 16

    September 13, 2014

    The national ceremony to mark International Ozone Day will be held on Tuesday (16) at the Apegama premises in Battaramulla with the participation of Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premajayanth.

    The event organized by the National Ozone Unit coming under the purview of the Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy is expected to be attended by 600-1,000 school children. This year's theme is 'A healthy atmosphere, the future we want'. An exhibition of photographs depicting the achievements of National Ozone Unit (NOU) would be held and a souvenir containing the experiences and campaigns launched by the NOU during the past 20 years would be launched on this occasion, the organizers said.    

    Minister Premjayanth is scheduled to declare open a computer data base set up by the NOU, Department of Import and Export Control and Sri Lanka Customs on this occasion.

    The United Nations first declared International Ozone Day in 1995, in commemoration of the date on which countries signed the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, which mandates countries to phase out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) within a specified time frame. Sri Lanka partnered with Montreal Protocol in 1989. ODS are certain man-made chemicals containing Chlorine and Bromine, which have a high potential to deplete the Ozone Layer through chemical interactions in the earth's atmosphere. As at present, 96 ODS have been identified in the world, and among them 54 have been completely phased out. (Special Reporter/HC)

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