World environment leaders converge in Kigali for key summit


Ahead of the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP28) to be held in the Rwandan capital Kigali, the East African country has called upon the world to pass an ambitious amendment on Ozone Depleting Substances which would represent a global action to reduce climate change since the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

More than 1,000 international leaders, environmental conservationists and ozone preservation and low carbon development experts are expected to attend the Meeting.

The participants will discuss an amendment to the Montreal Protocol, which if passed, will result in an early phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) – strong greenhouse gases used mainly in refrigeration, solvents, propellants and aerosols with a high global warming potential.

If the amendment is passed, a 0.5°C global warming could be avoided by the end of the century.

A successful amendment of the Protocol would signal the world’s commitment to practical action to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Rwanda is recognised for its leading role in implementing the Montreal Protocol, exceeding targets and beating deadlines set under the treaty. This includes achieving zero use of chlorofluorocarbon (CFCs) ozone-depleting substances by 2010, a year before the set deadline.

The country’s outstanding contribution to the preservation of the Ozone Layer earned the country the 2012 Ozone Protection Award from the Ozone Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).