Ozone Day 2013
The Observance of International Ozone Day, 2013
Department of Environment
Date: Dhaka, 19 September 2013
Observance of International Ozone Day, 2013
The International Ozone Day 2013 was observed throughout Bangladesh on 16 September 2013. Observance of the Day had been as elsewhere in the world with renewed expression of solidarity with the international community to create awareness on the adverse impacts of the Ozone Layer Depletion.
The Department of Environment, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh undertook various programmes on that day including brought out special supplements in five National Dailies in which messages of the Hon'ble President, the Hon'ble Prime Minister, the Hon'ble Minister for Environment and Forests, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests were published. The special supplements in the daily newspaper also contained articles of Director General of the Department of Environment on the theme, "A healthy atmosphere – the Future We Want” and article of the National Project Director of all ODS Projects on “Activities of Bangladesh on the Protection of Ozone Layer”.
A children painting competition was organized among the children on 7 September 2013. About 400 (four hundred) children belonging to various age groups between 3 to 16 years participated in the competition. A poster design was called among the artists in Bangladesh. Three designs were selected among the participating competitors.
A discussion meeting was held on 16 September 2013. Mr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman Patwari, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests was the chief guest of the seminar. He stressed the need for creating awareness about the importance of ozone layer and possible impacts on nature caused by ozone layer depletion. He also reiterate the commitment of Bangladesh to phase-out remaining ODSs from the country on this occasion. Mr. Nick Beresford, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh was present as special guest. Mr. Md. Shahjahan, Additional Director General and National Project Director of all ODS Projects presented the key note paper. The Secretary handed over prizes to winners of art and poster competition.
This year Bangladesh is celebrating the complete phase-out of use of CFCs from the pharmaceutical sector for metered dose inhalers (MDIs) production. To achieve the great success government has recognized the effort being made by the MDI producing companies and handed over the Certificate of Recognition to all three MDI producing companies viz., Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd., and Acme Laboratories Ltd. To celebrate and commemorate this special event, government has also released a commemorative postal stamp. Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests has released the stamp on the International Ozone Day programme.
Mr. Md. Shahjahan, Additional Director General, Department of Environment and Project Director, All ODS Projects welcomed the participants of the seminar and presented the keynote paper. The Programme was ended with the vote of thanks by the Director General of Department of Environment.
The Bangladesh Betar (Radio) and Bangladesh Television had broadcast the messages of the Hon'ble President and the Hon'ble Prime Minister of the Government of Bangladesh. A discussion was held on 16 September 2013 in Bangladesh Television participated by the Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Mr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman Patwari; Director General, Department of Environment, Mr. Md Golam Rabbani; and Additional Director General, Department of Environment, Mr. Md. Shahjahan. A Radio discussion program was also broad casted during the occasion. National Daily News Papers publicized the importance of the International Ozone Day to create mass awareness. Posters, folders, special articles were distributed among the participants of seminar celebrating the International Ozone Day 2013.
Picture - 01: Mr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman Patwari, Secretary,Ministry of Environment and Forest was the chief guest of the seminar.
Picture - 2: Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests is handing over crest among one of the winners of Paining Competition.
Picture - 3: Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests is handing over crest to one of the Poster Competition winners.
Picture -41: Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forest is releasing the commemorative stamp.
Picture –5: Handover ceremony of Certificate of Recognition to one of the MDI producing companies.
Picture - 6: The Commemorative Stamp.
Picture – 7: The Commemorative Stamp Write-up.
Picture -8 : Poster published on the picture above to disseminate message of International Ozone Day 2013.
Picture- 9: Painting Competition organized by Department of Environment on the eve of International Ozone Day, 2013.
Picture-10: Israt Jahan Iffat a seven year old girl was selected first in the Painting Competition in Group-A on the eve of International Ozone Day, 2013.
Picture - 11 : Mimha Binte Monir, a eight year old girl was selected first in the Painting Competition in Group-B on the eve of International Ozone Day, 2013.
Picture-12 : Shaila Aktar Urmi a thirteen year old girl was selected first in the Painting Competition in Group-C on the eve of International Ozone Day, 2013.