World Ozone Day on Wednesday

Bangladesh has chalked out different programs to celebrate the day with great enthusiasm

The World Ozone Day will be observed in the country on Wednesday as elsewhere in the globe with the theme of ‘Ozone for life: 35 years of ozone layer protection’.

On 19 September, 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided to observe World Ozone Day on September 16, to popularize the alternative substances not harmful for the ozone layer, and to raise awareness about its importance and protection.

Ozone Day is being celebrated internationally every year since 1995.

Bangladesh has chalked out different programs to celebrate the day with great enthusiasm, said a press release.

To mark the day, under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, the Department of Environment is set to carry out various programs at the national level.

President M Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and minister and deputy minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Ministry will deliver special messages wishing success of the day, said the release.

Special discussion programs will be aired on various electronic media including Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar.

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A national seminar will be organized at the auditorium of the Department of Environment in Agargaon at 2.00pm on Wednesday in compliance with proper hygiene rules.

The seminar will be attended by environment minister, deputy minister, secretary, additional secretary, director general of the Department of Environment, and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative as well as senior officials and representatives of the government and various non-government organizations, added the release.

The ozone layer in the stratosphere at the surface of the earth’s atmosphere retains the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

It is constantly being eroded by some man-made harmful gases and products such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halon, carbon tetrachloride, methyl bromide, etc.

According to scientists, the increase in the incidence of ultraviolet rays on earth will cause massive damage to human health, including the animal and plant worlds, increase cancer, reduce crop yields, and damage marine livestock.

The Vienna Convention of 1985 and the Montreal Protocol with international obligations were adopted at Montreal, Canada on September 16, 1987, by the United Nations Environment Program and scientists.

Under this protocol, the use of ozone depleting substances is prohibited for a certain period of time. As a signatory to the Montreal Protocol, Bangladesh is taking all necessary steps, including banning the use of ozone-depleting substances.

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