The following is an excerpt of a speech on the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, on Nov. 20, by former prime minister Brian Mulroney.
So I’m honoured and delighted to join you for this celebration on the 30th anniversary of the landmark Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, the only universal United Nations agreement, ratified by 196 countries and the European Union – more parties than any other international agreement in history.
As our lead negotiator Victor Buxton later wrote in a succinct review of the Montreal Protocol’s distinctive features: “It put in place an international process for controlling all ozone-layer-depleting substances. It did this by providing both a short and long-term plan for addressing all of the ozone-depleting substances.”
(Editor’s note: Vic Buxton is a member of CACOR)