Secretary-General's message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
New York, 16 September 2013
Extraordinary challenges require extraordinary responses. A generation ago, the world’s nations agreed to act definitively to protect the ozone layer, initiating an inter-governmental process that blazed new trails.
As we implement the outcomes of the 2012 Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, the remarkable success story of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer provides a beacon of hope. It provides protection for the ozone layer, significantly contributes to climate mitigation and reminds us that, faced with existential threats, the nations of the world are capable of cooperation for the common good.
My hope is that this success will inform and inspire the international community in charting a new vision and responsive framework for the period beyond 2015, the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Sustainable development -- enabled by the integration of economic growth, social justice and environmental stewardship -- must become our global guiding principle and operational standard.
On this International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, I commend all who have made the Montreal Protocol such an outstanding example of international cooperation. I urge Governments, industry, civil society and all other partners to apply the same spirit to the other great environment and development challenges of our times.
Statements on 16 September 2013
- New York, 16 September 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at the Church of the Holy Family
- New York, 16 September 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks on 40th Anniversary of German Accession to the United Nations and the Inauguration of the Quiet Room [as prepared for delivery]
- Vienna, Austria, 16 September 2013 - Secretary-General's message to the Fifty-Seventh Annual Regular Session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency [delivered by Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UN Office on Drugs and Crime]
- Brussels, Belgium, 16 September 2013 - Secretary-General's message to High-Level Conference on a New Deal for Somalia [Delivered by Nicholas Kay, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Somalia]
- New York, 16 September 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks to the Security Council on the report of the United Nations Missions to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons on the incident that occurred on 21 August 2013 in the Ghouta area of Damascus
- New York, 16 September 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at closing session of the 67th session of the General Assembly