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Posted On: 10 December 2008 07:49 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

UN experts hails Qatar’s role in ozone conservation

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MOHAMED Maqsood Akhtar, a United Nations (UN) expert, has hailed Qatar’s role in protection of the ozone layer. Akhtar, who currently works as deputy programme manager of the Ozone cell (Montreal Protocol Project) with Pakistan’s Ministry of Environment and attended a conference on ozone protection in Doha recently, appreciated the outstanding contribution of the Qatari government in conducting a very successful and productive meeting. Akhtar said the ozone layer, a naturally occurring gas found in the earth’s atmosphere, shielded the earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation. According to him, Pakistan’s Ministry of Environment (Ozone Cell) has taken major steps to reduce the use of ozone depleting substances (ODS) in accordance with his country’s commitment under the provisions of the Montreal Protocol. “Pakistan has already achieved 85% phase-out target and is successfully heading towards the complete phasing out of these substances by January 2010,” he said. – RC