Rocky Dawuni Hosts & Performs at Ozone Awards in Montreal Canada

Rocky Dawuni was invited to host and perform live at the Ozone Awards in Montreal, Canada on November 23, 2017. The Ozone Awards celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, the treaty credited with saving the ozone layer is marking another milestone after the achievement of the threshold for entry into force of its Kigali Amendment, which seeks to phase down climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) while still protecting the ozone layer.

The milestone was reached on 17 November 2017, after the Amendment was ratified by 20 parties. The Amendment is now set to enter into force on 1 January 2019, requiring the nations of the world to gradually phase down HFCs by more than 80 per cent over the next 30 years and replace them with more planet-friendly alternatives.

Developed countries will start reducing HFCs as early as 2019, while developing countries will start later. Phasing down HFCs under the Protocol is expected to avoid up to 0.5°C of global warming by the end of the century, while continuing to protect the ozone layer.

What is the Montreal Protocol?

The Montreal Protocol is an international environmental agreement with universal ratification to protect the earth’s ozone layer by eliminating use of ozone depleting substances (ODS), which would otherwise allow increased UV radiation to reach the earth, resulting in higher incidence of skin cancers and eye cataracts, more-compromised immune systems, and negative effects on watersheds, agricultural lands and forests.  Since its adoption in 1987 and as of end-2014, it has successfully eliminated over 98 percent of controlled ODS, helping reverse the damage to the ozone layer. A very significant co-benefit is that it has – during period 1989-2013 – reduced cumulative CO2-eq. emissions by 135 billion tonnes.

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