PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology will be signing a Memorandum of Corporation (MOC) on the Establishment of an Illegal Trade Prevention Network for Ozone Depleting Substances in Saint Lucia.
This important instrument will be signed on Wednesday September 16, 2014, between the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council, the Customs and Excise Department, the Marine Police Unit and the Ozone Unit of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology.
The signing ceremony commemorates the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (Ozone Day).
In December 1994, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated 16th September as the Nations around the globe have been commemorating this day by engaging in national and global efforts to promote the protection of the ozone layer.
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer has so far been successful in meeting some of its targets on phasing out ozone-depleting substances.
There are however, some remaining challenges to the phase-out of ozone depleting substances.
This year’s theme “Ozone Layer Protection. The Mission Goes On” seeks to incite all stakeholders to increase their efforts to address the challenges.
To this end, this Ministry, through its Sustainable Development and Environment Division will be undertaking a number of activities, geared towards public education, awareness and sensitization about ozone layer protection and the phase-out of ozone-depleting substances.
The signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation is one of the main activities planned and will be held in the Ixora Conference Room at Bay Gardens Inn, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology Mr Sylvester Clauzel will be present to sign on behalf of the Government of Saint Lucia.