Third from Left : His Royal Highness Prince (HRH) Turki bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz,
March , 26, 2010: I recently initiated a joint high level mission of UNEP and UNIDO embarked on a joint high level mission to Jeddah capital of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia we held extensive discussions with His Royal Highness Prince (HRH) Turki bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz, the President of Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) on Saudi Arabia’s non-compliance with the Montreal Protocol.
Environment is indeed a priority issue for Saudi Arabia . However the mechanism of implementation of the Montreal Protocol fell in the cracks of the heavy system there. The Action Plan to return to compliance, the need to strengthen the National Ozone Unit (NOU), ratification of Beijing and Montreal amendments and challenges of HCFC phase out, considering that Saudi Arabia is among the 10 largest HCFC consuming countries in the world, were the highlights of the discussions.
HRH Prince Turki assured UNEP-UNIDO representatives of his country’s commitment to return to compliance. Please read interesting dialogue with him and my thoughts on: