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Venezuela to Participate in Meeting on Protecting the Ozone Layer

Venezuela will join 15 countries from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean this week for an annual meeting of the Ozone Action network in Bogotá, Colombia. The meeting is organized by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

According to Prensa Latina, the meeting brings together national representatives from Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil, among other countries, and delegates from the Montreal Protocol Fund.

The objective of the meeting is to create space for the exchange of experiences on technologies designed to protect the ozone layer as well as on legislative actions to comply with protocol on this issue.

Among the issues to be discussed are technical assistance for the service sector on refrigeration and air-conditioning, and the incorporation of sustainability guidelines into public services contracts.

The hole in the ozone layer was discovered at the beginning of the 1980s, and hence in 1987, 197 countries committed to reducing their production of ozone depleting substances through the Montreal Protocol.

Due to these actions, last year the surface of the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica was the second smallest measured in the last two decades.

AVN/ Press- Venezuelan Embassy the US/ June 11, 2013

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