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Pakistan committed to laying off Ozone Depleting Substances.

ISLAMABAD, July 3 -- Pakistan is fully committed to its international obligations towards protecting the earth and it fragile atmosphere, said Federal Minister for Environment Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi on Friday.

He expressed these views while addressing an international seminar "Phase out and Impact of Ozone Depleting Substances and Energy Efficiency in Defence Applications" at a hotel in Bhurban. Ministry of Environment Ozone Cell with the active support of United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) organised the seminar.

Afridi said after adopting appropriate policy measures Pakistan was making all out efforts to achieve its target for phasing out the use of Ozone Depleting Substances and conversion of concerned industries into Ozone-friendly technology.

The minister warmly welcomed the Armed Forces officers and local and international guests to this important seminar which deals with the Phase out and Impacts of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) on Defence Applications. He said that Ozone Layer Depletion in the atmosphere had been a worldwide concern for the last more than two decades. He said it was encouraging to see that world community had decided to face this menace, collectively. Moreover, this layer, which is so essential for life on earth, is unfortunately being depleted due to a few man-made chemicals, he said, adding, it would not have been possible without the untiring and enthusiastic efforts of people like who are present here to address this issue from yet another important angle.

Afridi said the presence of senior Pakistan Armed Forces officers was indicative of the fact that Pakistan's defence organisations stood with them to honour international obligations and also to meet the challenge to phase out the ODS from Defence Applications. Nevertheless like any other large military organisation, we believe, that some of the old equipment /services which do use ODS at this stage, require our attention, he said. There would still be certain areas where the alternate solutions either or not available or technically and financially not feasible at this time. All these and other related areas, merit our attention, he maintained.

He said the national and international experts would join heads together to discuss the issue from all possible dimensions and move towards a practical and possible solution. He said the seminar would go a long way to achieve its objectives to pave the way for phasing out ODS from Pakistan Defence applications. He reiterated that Pakistan Armed Forces were well on their way to achieve Green Military status. He also expected from international agencies to stand with them to achieve this common goal.

Earlier, Joint Secretary (IC) Abid Ali delivered introductory address. Different experts presented several presentations in the seminar.

Rear Admiral ( Pak. Navy) Saleem Akhter, Air Vice Marshall (PAF) Azhar Hassan, Major General (Pak Army), Ubaid Bin Zakria, Atul Bagai (Regional Coordinator UNEP) and Joint Secretary (International Coordination) Abid Ali and other senior officials of Armed Forces and Ministry of Environment were present on this occasion.

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Publication:Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan)
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Date:Jul 3, 2010
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