Muscat, The Sultanate, represented by the

Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, marked the International

Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, which falls on 16 September

each year under the theme “Keep Cool and Carry on”.

A ceremony was held in the Ministry of Environment and Climate

Affairs today to celebrate the occasion with the launch of the third

version of the initiative “Ozone Umbrella Protects the Future of Our

Children”.

Najib bin Ali al-Rowas, Undersecretary of the Ministry of

Environment and Climate Affairs, the chief guest said that the

Sultanate has ratified both the Vienna Convention for the Protection of

the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that

Deplete the Ozone Layer and its amendments in London,

Copenhagen, Montreal and Beijing as per Royal Decrees since 1998.

The Sultanate’s ratification to the conventions stems from its belief in

supporting efforts of the international community to address the

challenges of various environmental problems, including the depletion

of the ozone layer and confronting challenges facing environmental,

climatic and ecological systems. The Sultanate, having accepted its

membership in the ozone layer protection agreements, was classified

as a Party of Article 5 of the Montreal Protocol.

Activities of the Sultanate’s celebration of the International Day

for the Protection of the Ozone Layer 2018 include several scientific,

cultural and recreational activities in the Ministry’s General Diwan, as

well as some schools and commercial centers in the Governorate of

Muscat and the rest of the Sultanate’s governorates.

Source: Oman News Agency