Acting Assistant Secretary Judith G. Garber Travels to Dubai and Seoul

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 30, 2015


Ambassador Judith G. Garber, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), is traveling to Dubai, UAE, November 1–5, to serve as alternate head of the U.S. delegation to the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The United States and many other countries are pushing to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of chemicals with especially high global warming potential. International action to phase down HFCs this year could avoid as much as half a degree Celsius of warming by the end of the century. The Montreal Protocol has universal ratification and is widely considered to be the most successful multilateral environmental treaty to date. Acting Assistant Secretary Garber will serve as alternate head of delegation until U.S. Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy arrives for the high-level segment of the meeting.

Acting Assistant Secretary Garber will be in Seoul, Korea, November 10–11, for the second meeting of the Environmental Cooperation Commission (ECC) under the United States-Korea Environmental Cooperation Agreement and the Environmental Affairs Council (EAC) under the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA). The governments will review the status of environmental cooperation and implementation of the KORUS Environment Chapter commitments and will sign a new 2016-2018 Work Program on environmental cooperation. Acting Assistant Secretary Garber and Jennifer Prescott, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources, will lead the U.S. delegation.

For further information, please contact Kia Henry at HenryKT@state.gov and follow OES on Twitter @StateDeptOES.