New Delhi: World Ozone Day is observed on 16 September every year to spread awareness among people about the depletion of Ozone Layer and search possible solutions to preserve it.
Since 1995, International Ozone Day is observed on 16 September annually. This day reminds the signing of the Montreal Protocol on substances that depletes the Ozone Layer.
The UN’s International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is a global observance and not a public holiday.
The Montreal Protocol was signed on September 16, 1987, on substances that deplete the Ozone Layer and marks the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 49/114 in 1987 chooses this day. Basically, it is an international treaty planned to protect the ozone layer by reducing the production of substances supposed to be responsible for ozone layer depletion. Let us tell you that the Montreal Protocol was implemented on January 1, 1989. In 2012, the 20th anniversary of the Montreal protocol was celebrated. Also, on this day Educators teach their students about the benefits of the Ozone layer and special events and activities are organised to spread awareness.
The Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol became the first treaties in the history of the United Nations to achieve universal ratification on September 16, 2009.
A healthy ozone layer and climate are essential to meeting all of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Montreal Protocol continues to protect people and planet alike. Let this International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer be an inspiration towards greater ambition on cooling, at the Climate Action Summit and beyond.
World Ozone Day is also celebrated all around the world. Educators usually set aside this day to teach their students about the Ozone layer and many schools organize special events and activities to raise awareness. This is one event that everyone can experience and enjoy together.
The theme of World Ozone Day 2019 is ’32 years and Healing’.