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									                      GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN
                      MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
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                              STATEMENT

        BY H.E. MR. HAMIDULLAH JAN AFRIDI, FEDERAL MINISTER FOR
    ENVIRONMENT AT HIGH LEVEL SEGMENT OF THE 22ND MEETING OF THE
     PARTIES TO THE MONTREAL PROTOCOL ON THE SUBSTANCES THAT
     DEPLET THE OZONE LAYER, 11-12TH NOVEMBER, BANGKOK THAILAND

Mr. President, Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,


I feel honored and privileged to address this august gathering of
Ministers, experts and policy makers at 22nd Meeting of the Parties to
the Montreal Protocol at Bangkok. On behalf of the Government of
Pakistan and my delegation, let me express deep gratitude to the
Government of Thailand for hosting this important meeting and
providing warm hospitality to the participants. I would also compliment
the Ozone Secretariat for making excellent arrangements for this
meeting.



Mr. President,


Pakistan is committed to contribute towards global efforts for the
conservation and improvement of environment. Pakistan has taken
various initiatives for the preservation of environment over the past two
decades and is a party to 14 International Conventions/Protocols and
Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)




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Ladies and Gentlemen

This year has been indeed a landmark for the Montreal Protocol with the
first phase of ODS have been phased out. Government of Pakistan with
the support of Multilateral Fund (MLF) of the Montreal Protocol has
extended financial and technical assistance to the industry to switch
over from ODS-based technology into Ozone friendly technology
through the implementing agencies, World Bank, UNIDO, UNDP and
UNEP. I am pleased to mention here that Pakistan is in full compliance
with regard to the import and consumption limits of first generation of
Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and has completely eliminated
import and consumption of these substances till date.




Nevertheless, I would like to draw you attention towards the challenges
being faced by Pakistan due to global warming and climate change.
Few years back we were hit by extreme drought followed by glacier
burst displacing huge population in northern part of Pakistan.
And this time we experienced the most devastating flood in our living
history. More than two million people affected and huge number of
animals and standing crops destroyed. I urge the Montreal Protocol to
do whatever possible to link with climate change and contribute to the
mitigation efforts already underway by the other agencies




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Mr. President,


The second issue is the accelerated phase out of Hydro-
chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in foam, refrigeration and air-conditioning
sector through a gradual phase out schedule by 2030. In line with
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decision taken by the 19 Meeting of Parties (MoP-19) to the Montreal
Protocol held at Montreal, Canada in 2007, we are committed to
accelerate the elimination of HCFCs. In this connection, Pakistan has
already submitted its HCFC Phase out Management Plan (HPMP) to
UNIDO for approval in the 62nd Ex Comm. However, as you are aware,
the conversion of the project to new technology is a challenging task,
as we still do not have a durable alternate of this second generation of
ozone depleting substances. I would like to call upon the scientific
researchers through this august forum to discover affordable and
durable ozone and environment friendly alternates of this harmful ozone
depleting substances.



Mr. President,
Here I would also like to invite your attention towards the Institutional
Strengthening of the Montreal Protocol projects in Article 5 parties
(developing countries). It is an acknowledged fact that the funding for
Institutional Strengthening under the Multilateral Fund Secretariat has
played a pivotal role in successful implementation of the Montreal
Protocol. Therefore, funding for Institutional Strengthening to Article 5
parties beyond 2011 is absolutely essential for smooth functioning of

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Montreal Protocol projects in the respective countries especially for
effective implementation of HCFCs phase out projects.



Mr. President,
Illegal trans-boundary movement of ozone depleting substances is another
area of concern for almost all the countries. We are endeavoring to curb this
menace with the collaborative efforts of national and international key
players. The WCO/UNEP online training for is a powerful tool maximize
opportunity of capacity building of custom officers to tackle this severe
problem effectively.


Finally, I would assure you that the Government of Pakistan is committed to
protect the ozone layer and environment and, therefore, would continue
to extend all possible support to the global community at all levels.
Before I conclude let me once again thank the Government of Thailand
and the Ozone Secretariat for holding the 22nd Meeting of the Parties at
Bangkok.

Thank you.
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