The ozone treaties have in 2009, achieved a series of extraordinary landmarks that will stand the international community in good stead as it works towards a low carbon, resource effi cient Green
Economy in 2010 and beyond.
With the accession this year of the world’s youngest democracy – Timor Leste – the Montreal Protocol will have achieved the unique goal of universal ratifi cation.
It sends a strong and quite remarkable signal of global solidarity not only for addressing ozone depletion, but increasingly for addressing other pressing sustainability issues and challenges:
not least climate change.
2010 for example marks the date when developing countries are scheduled to fully and fi nally phase out chlorofl uorocarbons (CFCs) and halons.