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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the U.S. Delegation for the Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will promote U.S. climate and environmental goals by leading the U.S. delegation to the Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, which will take place July 22-23 in Vienna, Austria. Administrator McCarthy will also meet with key counterparts while in Vienna.

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is a global agreement to protect the stratospheric ozone layer through measures to control production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances. The Montreal Protocol has achieved universal ratification and is considered by many to be the most successful multilateral environmental treaty to-date. The upcoming meeting will include discussions on a Montreal Protocol amendment to address emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, potent greenhouse gases that are replacing ozone-depleting substances and are rapidly becoming a major contributor to global climate change. The U.S. delegation also includes representatives from the White House, Department of State, Environmental Protection Agency, and Department of Agriculture.