Launch of the UN-Wide CFL Collection Initiatives

Sep 17, 2013

Opening Remarks

by

Michelle Gyles-McDonnough
UN Resident Coordinator and
UNDP Resident Representative Malaysia

Large Conference Room, Wisma UN


1.    A very good morning to all my UN colleagues, the GEF-SGP team, and our guests from the Malaysian Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Association (MACRA) and The Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia (TEEAM). I wish to extent a warm welcome to initiatives.

2.    It is my pleasure indeed to welcome all of you to Wisma UN this afternoon to this this “Launch of the UN-wide CFL Collection Initiative”, which coincides with the the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer yesterday. The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer the UN designated day to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer every 16th September since 1995.

3.    The GEF SGP is the Global Environment Facility funded corporate programme implemented by the UNDP on behalf of the GEF partnership. The programme in Malaysia formally commenced its operations in Malaysia in July 1999 and provides grants of up to $50,000 directly to local communities including indigenous people, community-based organizations and other non-governmental groups for projects related to in Biodiversity, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Land Degradation and Sustainable Forest Management, International Waters and Chemicals. It is designed to provide financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods.

4.    The SGP’s tag line of “thinking globally acting locally” in essence acknowledge the importance of local community actions in addressing global environmental issues. By providing financial support to civil-society organisations (CSOs) and community-based organisations (CBOs), the SGP allows local demonstration of community led interventions and solutions in addressing the environmental concerns.

5.    In Malaysia, examples of such community led interventions are the two SGP projects currently undertaken by the Malaysian Air-Conditioning & Refrigerant Association (MACRA), and The Electrical and Electronics Association of Malaysia (TEEAM).

6.    The project led by MACRA seeks to raise awareness in avoiding the use of hydro-chloro-fluoro-carbon HCFC-22. The HCFC-22 is an ozone depleting substance commonly used as refrigerant in residential and commercial air conditioning systems.

7.    The other project led by TEEAM aims to raise awareness on proper disposal of mercury containing products particularly the compact florescent lamp (CFL). Since mercury is a hazardous substance to human health, a proper disposal can minimise the risk of mercury leakage from landfill to the ground water sources.

8.    Shortly, I will leave the floor for representatives from MACRA and TEEAM to tell us in more details about their respective projects, before doing that, I want to congratulate all who have made these SGP projects possible, and urge all to do our part for the betterment of the environment. I would like to reiterate that UN/UNDP will continue to support the GEF SGP projects in resource mobilization, private partnership establishment, and ensuring that all projects are aligned with the country’s policy direction.

9.    Lastly, I am glad that UN/UNDP can be an official partner to the TEEAM’s project, volunteering Wisma UN as one of the collection point for CFL. I hereby launch the “UN-wide CFL Collection Initiative”. All UN staff are encouraged to participate in this project by disposing their used CFL into the designated box in this building, and TEEAM will arrange for the box to be picked up for proper disposal once it is filled up.

10. Together, let’s play a part in making positive contribution to the global environment, let’s make a difference! Thank you.

 

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