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News in Brief 5 November 2018

  • Healing of ozone layer gives hope for climate action: UN report
  • Saudi Arabia expresses Khashoggi killing ‘regret and pain’ at UN rights review
  • ‘Rare but devastating’ tsunamis underscore need for better preparation, UN chief urges on World Day
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Now is a ‘pivotal time for climate action’ says UN chief, looking to ozone layer gains

With record-breaking heat once again enveloping the earth this year, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said it was also “a pivotal time for climate action”, marking  the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on Sunday.

Marking International Day, UN officials hail progress in reducing damage to ozone layer

United Nations officials today hailed the progress made in reducing damage to the ozone layer and the vital role played by one of the most successful environmental treaties in history in phasing out ozone-depleting substances.

Ozone layer recovering but remains threatened – UN reports

The Earth’s protective ozone layer is on track to recover by the middle of the century, the United Nations today reported, urging unified action to tackle climate change and curb continued fluctuations to the composition of the atmosphere.

UN to support China in ending production of ozone-depleting substances by 2030

With United Nations support, the Government of China has agreed to completely eliminate its industrial production of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) by 2030, the world Organization announced today.

New UN partnership aims to reduce emissions of ozone-damaging gas used to treat pests

The United Nations today signed a new partnership with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPCC) to improve management of methyl bromide (MeBr), a gas used to prevent the spread of pests and diseases which damages the ozone layer.

Ozone layer on track to recover over next five decades, Ban says on International Day

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has hailed the efforts of the international community in protecting the atmosphere, noting that with the global phase-out of 98 per cent of ozone-depleting gases, the ozone layer is now on track to recover over the next five decades.

Ban warns on replacing ozone-depleting gases with greenhouse substitutes

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community today not to replace ozone-depleting gases that are now being phased out with highly potent global warming substitutes.

UN helps Iran phase out asthma treatments based on ozone-depleting substances

With support from the United Nations, Iran today became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to phase out metered dose inhalers – used to treat asthma and other pulmonary ailments – and based on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer.

Ozone layer over Arctic region experiences record loss, UN agency reports

The United Nations agency dealing with weather and climate today reported that ozone loss over the Arctic has reached an unprecedented level this spring owing to the continuing presence of ozone-depleting substances and extremely cold temperatures.