Panama agrees to ratify amendment to the Montreal Protocol

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  • Sat, 09/29/2018 - 20:50
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The Panamanian Government agreed on the ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, to reduce the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), gases that contribute to global warming, reported the Ministry of Health.

Within the framework of the General Assembly of the United Nations held in New York, the Minister of Health of Panama, Miguel Mayo, made the Deposit of the Ratification of this amendment.

It indicates "to the countries that integrate it the sufficient time and opportunities to reduce the production and consumption of the Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), in a way that suits their needs and interests," according to official information.

With this signature, Mayo undertook to ratify the amendment that seeks to control the production and consumption of HFCs, which were used to replace other greenhouse gases but that have more warming potential, according to the available information.

The Ministry of Health explained in a statement on Friday that through ratification, Panama may have access to technical and financial resources through the Multilateral Fund Protocol, to advance the implementation of its commitments to reduce the consumption of hydrofluorocarbons

"It also allows Panama to continue successfully fulfilling its commitments to the Montreal Protocol and to continue the fight against climate change, since it is closely related to the commitments made at the 21st International Conference on Climate Change (COP 21)," it added. 

The Montreal Protocol, adopted on October 15, 2016 by the signatory countries of the protocol, is an international agreement signed 30 years ago that seeks the elimination of the production and consumption of ozone layer depleting substances ( SAO), according to official information.

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