The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer

Annex II: Information exchange

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  1. The Parties to the Convention recognize that the collection and sharing of information is an important means of implementing the objectives of this Convention and of assuring that any actions that may be taken are appropriate and equitable. Therefore, Parties shall exchange scientific, technical, socio-economic, business, commercial and legal information.
  2. The Parties to the Convention, in deciding what information is to be collected and exchanged, should take into account the usefulness of the information and the costs of obtaining it. The Parties further recognize that co-operation under this annex has to be consistent with national laws, regulations and practices regarding patents, trade secrets, and protection of confidential and proprietary information.
  3. Scientific information
  4. This includes information on:

    1. Planned and ongoing research, both governmental and private, to facilitate the co-ordination of research programmes so as to make the most effective use of available national and international resources;
    2. The emission data needed for research;
    3. Scientific results published in peer-reviewed literature on the understanding of the physics and chemistry of the Earths atmosphere and of its susceptibility to change, in particular on the state of the ozone layer and effects on human health, environment and climate which would result from changes on all time-scales in either the total column content or the vertical distribution of ozone;
    4. The assessment of research results and the recommendation for future research.
  5. Technical information
  6. This includes information on:

    1. The availability and cost of chemical substitutes and of alternative technologies to reduce the emissions of ozone-modifying substances and related planned and ongoing research;
    2. The limitations and any risks involved in using chemical or other substitutes and alternative technologies.
  7. Socio-economic and commercial information on the substances referred to in annex I
  8. This includes information on:

    1. Production and production capacity;
    2. Use and use patterns;
    3. Imports/exports;
    4. The costs, risks and benefits of human activities which may indirectly modify the ozone layer and of the impacts of regulatory actions taken or being considered to control these activities.
  9. Legal information
  10. This includes information on:

    1. National laws, administrative measures and legal research relevant to the protection of the ozone layer;
    2. International agreements, including bilateral agreements, relevant to the protection of the ozone layer;
    3. Methods and terms of licensing and availability of patents relevant to the protection of the ozone layer.

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