Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

Various , United Nation (UN) agencies - United Nations' Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nation's Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nation's Industrial Development Programme (UNIDP) - will be releasing funds to the tune of US $69 millions, to phase-out ozone-depleting substances. The programme will be approved at the meeting of the Multilateral Fund for Implementation of Montreal Protocol in Cairo, in November. The fund was established in 1990 to provide financial assistance to developing countries in their efforts to phase out ozone-depleting substances. The executive director of the UNEP, Klaus Toepfer, will present proposals for action on some crudal issues like quantities of ozone-depleting substances to be approved for use in industrialised countries.

The United Nation's, Food and Agricultural Organisation will discuss a plan calling for a 20-30 per cent reduction in the number of fishing boats that trawl for tonnes in international waters. The natural stocks of the fish are being threatened by excessive netting. Counties will be urged to reduce the number of trawlers by 20-30 per cent at the meeting- Japan is considered to be one of the largest netters of tuna, and it has agreed to cut down the number of trawlers, by 130, which is 20 per cent of Its existing fleet.

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