The ozone, a region of atmosphere 10 to 50 kilometres above the earth’s surface, contains a protective shield that absorbs ultraviolet radiation. Without this barrier, the powerful sun will damage human DNA, cause burns and skin cancer, disrupt the climate and trigger environmental, social and economic tsunamis. By 1993, Jamaica, like most countries on earth, took action by acceding to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone Layer. Since 2012 the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been supporting the Government to meet its international obligations under the Protocol to phase out harmful ozone depleting gases — primarily targeting industries that manufacture ozone-depleting gases, or that import them for use in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector.
working group from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call on the Jamaica Observer last Friday and discussed a range of issues with the newspaper’s managers, editors, and reporters, including bilateral, regional and global affairs, China’s belt and road initiative, as well as developments in the technology industry. The Chinese delegation was headed by that country’s former ambassador to Suriname Zhang Jinxiong and included Li Cuiying, counsellor of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs; Song Junying, director of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, China Institute of International Studies; and Chen Haoyue, attaché at Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs.