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  • 1. VIDEO Presentation for Serbia Network Meeting, Belgrade, Serbia, 10 May 2011Mr. Rajendra Shende, Head of UNEP OzonAction ProgrammeGood Morning to all of you!My name is Rajendra Shende, Head of OzonAction in Paris. First of all, my heart-felt thanks to theGovernment of Serbia and particularly its Ministry of Environment for hosting this network meeting ofEuropean & Central Asian countries.My appreciation goes to the hard working National Ozone Units of 12 countries in the Region for theirtargeted and tireless work of compliance with the Montreal Protocol phase out schedules. Many of youhave achieved compliance of phase out of CFCs, Halons and CTCs ahead of the Montreal Protocolschedule which I consider as an extraordinary achievement, mainly because of such amazingcontribution from you, the Montreal Protocol is called as one of the most successful MultinationalEnvironmental Agreements by any standard.Let me also welcome private sector partners, producers, researchers, trade associations andrefrigeration associations who will later take part in a roundtable on ozone- & climate-friendlytechnologies. Public –private partnership is crucial to meet the Millennium Development Goals asindicated in the Goal No 8. The challenge before this partnership is how to phase out HCFCs by amaximum of climate benefits.I would like to particularly mention the contribution made by the ECA network countries to mitigateclimate change by phasing out nearly 6,000 tons of CFCs which is nearly 36 million tons of carbondioxide equivalent / year. Meeting the challenge of HCFC phase out will result into additional climatebenefit of about 1 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent / year. If we consider improvement inenergy-efficiency and destruction of CFCs and other ODS, the climate benefits will further enhance.It is obvious that such benefits will not come to us automatically. We need to overcome the barriers oftechnology transfer and set policies that will foster technology innovation. Your meeting will considersuch technology barriers through a presentation of a study recently made by UNEP. Limitedmanifestation of unlimited potential of industries is the technology in this important meeting inBelgrade.UNEP is launching a virtual technology exhibition called “Ozone to Climate Technology Roadshow” togive you the glimpses of that manifestation. The launch will take place simultaneously from Belgrade inSerbia and Male in Maldives.I wish you a great success and best wishes for the challenge ahead!