UAE to host 27th meeting of member states party to Montreal Protocol on ozone depletion next week in Dubai

DUBAI, 29th October, 2015 (WAM) — The member states who are party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer are expected to participate in the 27th meeting of signatories to the protocol being hosted by the government of the UAE in Dubai from the 1st to the 5th of November, to discuss four proposals submitted by 40 countries to amend the protocol in order to reduce production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons, HFCs.
The meeting will be attended by Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, and Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, in addition to an elite group of high-level participants from Australia, France, the Maldives, the Netherlands, Uruguay, the United States and the World Bank.
The activities of the 27th meeting include preparatory sessions, which will last for three days, followed by a high-level meeting in which Achim Steiner and Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad will participate.
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (a protocol to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer) is an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by phasing out the production of numerous substances that are responsible for ozone depletion.