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Launch of the OzonAction Education Pack


In partnership with national institutions and schools, UNEP, UNESCO and WHO organised the global launch of the Education Pack from ceremonies held on three continents - Africa, Asia and Latin America. The partners also used their own press services to issue a common joint press release through their respective networks. This page presents details from the launching events and ensuing media coverage.

Three launch locations

Launching events


Nairobi, Kenya

Mr Eric Falt, Director of UNEP's Division of Communication and Public Information, Mr Paul Horwitz, Deputy Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat, joined Ms Susan Nkinyozim of UNESCO and Mr Wilfred Ndegwe of WHO to launch the Education Pack at a ceremony in UNEP's Headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya. The Kenya Institute of Education and representatives of the ECO-Schools network participated, as did 13 journalists. School children from the Eco-School Riara Spring Academy performed a song and a poem., and all watched the Ozzy Ozone video.

Education Pack Launch: Nairobi
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Paul Horwitz of the Ozone Secretariat (standing left), Wilfred Ndegwe of WHO (centre), Susan Nkinyozim of UNESCO (standing, right) with children from the Eco-School Riara Spring Academy

New Delhi, India

The Minister of State for Environment & Forest, Shri Namo Narain Meena, launched the Education Pack in New Delhi on 15 September 2006 during a special ceremony on the eve of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Dr. B.R.Neupane, Regional Programme Specialist, UNESCO, Mr. Alexander Von Hildbrand, WHO and Mr. Rajendra M. Shende, Head, UNEP DTIE OzonAction Branch, also spoke on the occasion. During the program, a role play of mother and daughter interaction on ozone layer protection was enacted by two children from Delhi Public School, East of Kailash, New Delhi. The children also displayed an interesting model depicting the ozone hole and its impact on life on earth.

Education Pack Launch: New Delhi
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Education Pack Launch: New Delhi
Left to right: Mr. Rajendra Shende,
Dr. B.R.Neupane, Mr. Namo Narain Meena, Mr. Ashok Kumar Mongotra, Mr. R. Chandra Mohan, Mr. Alexander von Hildebrand
Minister of State for Environment & Forest, Shri Namo Narain Meena, delivering his address
Education Pack Launch: New Delhi
Education Pack Launch: New Delhi
Children from Delhi Public School acting the Mother-Child dialogue about ozone layer protection
Children from Delhi Public School explaining their ozone depletion model to Mr Von Hildbrand and his daughter

Santiago, Chile

Mrs. Lidia Amarales, Under-Secretary of Public Health, Ministry of Health, together with Mr. Rodrigo Guzmán, the Deputy Director of CONAMA, launched the Education Pack in Santiago, Chile on 15 September during a public ceremony that formed part of the country's celebration of the 2006 International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The ceremony participants included Mr. Pablo Badenier, Director of CONAMA Metropolitan Region, Mr. Rody Oñate, Information Officer of UNEP's Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean,, Dr. Juan Manuel Sotelo, Resident Representative of WHO/PAHO in Chile, Mrs. Catalina Agosin Rosenberg, President of CONAC (National Cancer Corporation), Mrs. Carol Salgado, Secondary Education, Scientific Education and Sustainable Development of UNESCO, and Mr. Manuel Baquedano, President of "Instituto de Ecología Política". Over a hundred girls and boys and teachers from the "Escuela Básica Las Nieves"primary school in San Bernardo participated in this outstanding ceremony, that took place in front of the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC). The children's folkloric group "Los Naranjitos" perfomed.

Education Pack Launch: Chile
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Education Pack Launch: Chile
Public Health Sub-Secretary, Lidia Amarales, together with the Executive Director of Conama, Rodrigo Guzmán, and other dignitaries
Children from the "Las Nieves" Primary School participating in the ceremony
Education Pack Launch: Chile
Education Pack Launch: Chile
Public Health Sub-Secretary Lidia Amarales and Mr Rody Oñate of UNEP ROLAC with the school children
A UV meter with a simple-to-understand advisory system for the general public

Media coverage

Press coverage of the launching of the Education Pack included:

Press release of the Partners

UNEP, 15 September 2006
English
French
Spanish
Highlighted on UNEP Headquarter's web site on the "In Focus" section
Highlighted on UNEP Regional Office for Asia & Pacific web site on the "In Focus" section

UNESCO, 14 September 2006
English
French
Spanish
Highlighted on web site of UNESCO Nairobi Office / Education Programme, "OzonAction Education Pack launched in Nairobi "

WHO, 15 September 2006
English
French
Spanish

Articles in the media


Multiple languages

Canada - Public Health Agency of Canada - Canadian Health Network
"International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer", 16 September 2006
French

France/Belgium - Destination Santé
"All about ozone for children" , 22 September 2006
"Tout sur l'ozone pour les plus jeunes" , 22 September 2006

United Kingdom - Childs Rights Information Network
"Reducing the health risks for children from ozone layer depletion"
"Réduire les risques liés à l’appauvrissement de la couche d'ozone pour la santé des enfants: Pack Educatif Action Ozone", 19 September 2006

Spain - noticias.info
"WHO: Reducing the health risks for children from ozone layer depletion - New Ozone Education Pack Targets Primary Schools", 15 September
Spanish

United Nations Information Centre
"Secretary-General calls for renewed efforts to restore ozone layer", 16 September 2006
Spanish

Arabic

Global/France - Radio Monte Carlo Moyen Orient
"Protect the Ozone Layer", 20 September 2006, 17:32 Paris time, rerun on Thursday 21 September 2006, 11:30 Paris time.
During the programme “Baituna Al Alam” (the world our home), journalist Hassane Tlili interviewed guests Dr. Said Arnaout, Regional Advisor, Health of Special Groups (School Health, Occupational Health, Health of the Elderly) WHO/EMRO, and Dr. Abdulelah Al Wadaee, Regional Network Coordinator for West Asia, UNEP/ROWA. The estimated listening audience was 10-12 million.

Chinese

China - www.yncdc.cn
Ozone Day, 15 September 2006

English

Australia - News-Medical.Net
"Health risks for children from ozone layer depletion", 18 September 2006

Canada - Big Medecine
"Reducing the health risks for children from ozone layer depletion", 15 September 2006

Canada - Harold Doan and Associates Newsfeed
"Secrtary-General Calls for Renewed Efforts to Restore Ozone Layer", 18 September 2006

China - CRIENGLISH.com
"Reducing the Health Risks for Children from Ozone Layer Depletion - New Ozone Education Pack Targets Primary Schools"
, 15 September 2006

China - SynTao Social Responsibility in Business & Investment
"Secretary-General calls for renewed efforts to restore ozone layer"
, 19 September 2006

Egypt - DPM News Agency
" Secretary-General calls for renewed efforts to restore ozone layer" , 19 September 2006

India - Fibre2fashion.com
"USA : Kofi Annan calls for improved labors to restore ozone layer"
18 September 2006

India - New Karala.com
"United Nations releases Ozone educational package for children" 15 September 2006

India - News Today
"Protect ozone, save life", 16 September 2006

India - Press Information Bureau Government of India
"Preservation of the Ozone Layer", 15 September 2006
This story was disseminted to the 640 district Headquarters who propagated it to the local press in their districts.

India - WebIndia123.com
"UNEP launches OzoneAction Pack for school children", 16 September 2006

Iran - Islamic Republic News Agency
" Secretary-General calls for renewed efforts to restore ozone layer" , 19 September 2006

Maldives/United Kingdom - Dhivehi Observer
"Reducing the health risks for children from Ozone layer depletion", 15 September 2006

Mexico/United Kingdom - Medical News Today
"Reducing The Health Risks For Children From Ozone Layer Depletion", 16 September 2006

New Zealand - Scoop Independent News
"Call For Renewed Efforts To Restore Ozone Layer", 17 September 2006

Norway - Galdu/Resource Centre for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
"UN: Secretary-General calls for renewed efforts to restore ozone layer", 17 September 2006

United Kingdom - Energy Trust/Housing Trade
"Annan calls for 'persistent dedication' to heal ozone layer",
18 September 2006

United Kingdom - Ivy Rose
WHO - Reducing the health risks for children from ozone layer depletion - New Ozone Education Pack Targets Primary Schools, 27 September 2006

United Kingdom - OneWorldSoutheast Europe
"Ozzie Ozone will Teach Children to Protect the Ozone Layer", 18 September 2006

United Kingdom - Royal College of Physicians
"Reducing the health risks for children from ozone layer depletion", 15 September 2006

United States - A2Media Group
"Secretary-General calls for renewed efforts to restore ozone layer", 17 September 2006

United States- Docuticker
Reducing the health risks for children from ozone layer depletion, 17 September 2006

United States - HORIZON Solutions Site/ Yale University Department of Biology
"Ozone Action Education Pack Provides Guidance on Simple Solutions to Protect the Ozone Layer and to Safely Enjoy the Sun", 18 September 2006

Uruguay - MercoPress South Atlantic News Agency
" UN marks Ozone Layer Preservation Day", 18 September 2006

Zimbabwe - The Herald
"Zimbabwe: Country Aims to Phase Out Ozone Depleting Substances Before 2009", 15 September 2006

French

France - Actu-Environnement
Sensibilisation - Le PNUE met à disposition un document éducatif sur l'ozone pour sensibiliser les enfants aux risques du soleil , 22 September 2006

France - Afrik.com
"Réduire les risques liés à l'appauvrissement de la couche d'ozone pour la santé des enfants - Le nouveau pack éducatif sur l''ozone cible les écoles primaires", 15 September 2006

France - News Press
OMS - Le nouveau pack éducatif sur l'ozone cible les écoles primaires, 20 September 2006 (repeated on Yahoo Actualites France)

France - Planète-Eléa
"Tout sur l'ozone pour les plus jeunes", 22 September 2006

France - Universal Press Agency
"L'unesco publie un pack éducatif sur l'ozone", 25 September 2006

Mauritius - le mauricien
"Célébration de la Journée de l'ozone - Mise en garde d'Anil Baichoo contre les gaz à effet de serre" , 20 September 2006

Japanese

Japan - Hatena Diary
"Reducing the health risks for children from ozone layer depletion", 15 September 2006

Portuguese

Global - UN Radio
15 setembro 2006-Sábado é o Dia Internacional de Preservação da Camada de Ozônio, 15 September 2006

Global/France - Radio France Internationale Portugues do Brasil
"Dia Internacional de Proteção da Camada de Ozônio - A reconstituição do escudo que protege a Terra é mais lenta que o previsto", 15 September 2006 at 18:49 Paris time. Reporter Ms. Gisela Heymann interviewed Ms. Anne Fenner, Information Officer, UNEP DTIE OzonAction Programme.

Spanish

Argentina - Latitud2000
"ONU lanza nuevo paquete educativo sobre capa de ozono para escuelas primarias", 16 September 2006

Chile - CONAMA Región Metropolitana de Santiago
"Celebración Día Internacional de la Preservación de la Capa de Ozono", 15 September 2006

Cuba - Prensa Latina
"Celebran hoy Día Internacional Preservación Capa Ozono", 16 September 2006
"Clama ONU por esfuerzos renovados protección capa ozono", 16 September 2006

Cuba - Radio Moron
"Protejamos la Capa de Ozono, advierte Naciones Unidas", 16 September 2006

Cuba - Radio Reloj
"Desarrollan Hoy Día Internacional Preservación Capa De Ozono", 16 September 2006

United States - Wachovia Bank, N.A
"ONU lanza nuevo paquete educativo sobre capa de ozono", 15 September 2006

Uruguay - La Republica
"Paquete educativo", 16 September 2006

Venezuela - Globovision.com
"Celebran día Internacional Preservación de la Capa de Ozono", 19 September 2006

Venezuela - Agencia Bolivariana des Noticias
"Celebran hoy Día Internacional Preservación Capa de Ozono", 16 September 2006

Venezuela - Radio Nacional de Venezuela
" Celebran Día Internacional Preservación Capa de Ozono - El Día Internacional para la Protección de la Capa de Ozono se celebra hoy con la distribución en el mundo de un nuevo paquete educativo que ofrece consejos prácticos para niños de nivel primario", 16 September 2006