We can lose battles but not lessons

  Paris-based Rajendra Shende has been leading the global battle to protect the ozone layer as director in the United Nations Environment Programme. He was Coordinating Lead Author of IPCC-Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore. The top notch Indian in UNEP has won several awards around the world. He was awarded USA’s prestigious Climate Protection award in 2009. His OzonAction Programme in 2005 became the first ever programme in the UN to win a USA award. In an interview, Shende outlines how the world, which is struggling to reach an agreement on climate change, can learn valuable lessons from the Montreal Protocol, a remarkable success story in whose implementation Shende has played a key role. ...
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Interview with Pune Herald

1. When and how did you get involved in the international effort about Ozone Depletion? In 1987 the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer was finalised through the negotiating process under the patronage of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It aimed at protecting our common natural resource i.e. Stratospheric Ozone Layer which is so vital to our life on the earth. (more…)...
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