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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 036-01
January 23, 2001

U.N., U.S. TO HOST CLIMATE, OZONE PROTECTION CONFERENCE

The Department of Defense announced today that it will co-host, along with the United Nations Environment Programme and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a conference on Feb. 6-8, 2001, in Brussels, Belgium, that will focus on "The Importance of Military Organizations in Stratospheric Ozone and Climate Protection." More than 100 senior military and environmental officials, industry experts, and representatives of environmental organizations from more than 35 countries will participate.

Conference participants plan to increase their understanding of the importance of phasing out ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and protection of the climate, including the implications of environmental risk on national security. They also will exchange experiences of military environmental protection programs and promote commitment by military officials to implement internal ODS management and climate protection programs.

On Thursday, Feb. 8, a special breakout session will discuss methodologies and good inventory practices for separately reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from multilateral operations pursuant to the United Nations Charter, as required by Decision 2 of the Third Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol is financially supporting the ozone component of the workshop. The conference is also supported by the Australian Department of Defence, the Center for International Environmental Law, the Climate Institute, Department of National Defence Canada, Environment Australia, Environment Canada, the Institute for Defense Analyses, the International Cooperative for Environmental Leadership, the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, and the United Kingdom Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.

For more information, see the conference Web site at http://www.uneptie.org/ozat/military/home.htm. [link no longer available]

Media queries may be directed to Navy Lt. David Gai at (703) 697-3189.