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Pennsylvania Non-profit Organization The Ozone Hole Inc. wins 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol Public Awareness Award

September 17,2007 Montreal, Canada-On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, on Sunday, 16 September 2007, the Ozone Hole Website, http://www.theozonehole.com , a project of The Ozone Hole Inc. was presented the Montreal Protocol Public Awareness Award for outstanding work in raising awareness about ozone depletion and the global effort to address it.

Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat,Montreal Protocol Award-Charles Welch, Executive Director, The Ozone Hole Inc.  and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
 Marco Gonzalez -Charles Welch -Achim Steiner

  Charles Welch, Executive Director, accepted the award from Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme at the opening ceremony, which was attended by representatives from 191 nations.

The Ozone Hole Inc. is headquartered in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania, 18350.

The twentieth anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was commemorated on Sunday, 16 September 2007, with a seminar entitled "Celebrating 20 Years of Progress.' The event was hosted by Environment Canada and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and took place at the Palais de Congrès in Montreal, Canada, in the lead-up to the nineteenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP-19). Participants from governments, international organizations, business and civil society took part in the day's celebrations, which included keynote presentations, an awards ceremony, and a range of panel discussions. The panel discussions focused on the history, development and implementation of the Montreal Protocol, ozone science, links with other environmental issues, and future challenges.