|Handbook for the Vienna Convention for the
Protection of the Ozone Layer - 7th Edition (2006)
Welcome to the seventh edition of the Handbook for the Vienna Convention.
Unlike the last (sixth) edition of the Handbook for the International Treaties for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, which was published by combining the information on the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol, this seventh edition contains only information on the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. We have decided to publish this edition separately from the Handbook on the Montreal Protocol in order to accommodate in that volume the substantial number of decisions of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol that were taken from the Fifteenth to Seventeenth Meetings of the Parties between 2003 and 2005, which up until now have only been available from the reports of the Meetings.
The seventh edition of this Handbook carries the full text of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (1985) in Section 1. Section 2 updates the text of the decisions of the Conferences of the Parties by incorporating the decisions adopted at the Seventh Conference of the Parties in Dakar, Senegal, on 12–16 December 2005. The decisions are presented in sub-sections relating to each article of the Convention. Section 3 of the Handbook contains the Rules of Procedure for meetings of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the Meetings of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. Finally, the General Index, in Section 4, updates important information on key words and terminologies used in the Handbook.
The Handbook has continued to be a useful reference guide and will continue to be updated as necessary. The Secretariat welcomes any suggestions for any further improvement of the format of this Handbook in the future – especially in respect of the expanding volume of information that has to be updated periodically.
Ozone Secretariat, UNEP