Vanuatu has attended the 31st Meeting of the Parties on substances that deplete the ozone layer (MOP 31) which was scheduled from 4-8 November 2019.
The MOP 31 is an annual meeting held every year for member countries or parties to attend and discuss arising issues regarding the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).
This year's event was hosted in the FAO building in Rome, Italy.
Vanuatu was represented by the Minister of Climate Change and Adaptation Bruno Leingkone and Technical Officer (Ozone Unit) Mr Richard Patterson.
The Minister stressed during his statement that it is a need for access of parties under article 5 of the Montreal Protocol to energy efficient technologies in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heating pump sectors taking into account the safety standards and quality of equipment.
Vanuatu has shared its support on a Conference Room Paper that was submitted to the Plenary by the Asia Pacific Region concerning energy efficient technologies that is currently being dumped into the Pacific Market by oversea suppliers.
Such technologies like air conditioners, fridges, water dispensers and other cooling systems containing refrigerants are on the list.
MP Leingkone also highlighted that Vanuatu is fully committed to cooperate with the global community to jointly address the coherent issues of ozone depleting substances and climate change worldwide.