Remarks by Rwanda's Minister of Natural Resources after adoption of Kigali Amendment

Remarks by Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Closing Ceremony

15 October 2016 | Kigali, Rwanda

We did it!

Congratulations!

When we first started this journey, it was not certain it would be possible. But the Montreal Protocol has delivered for our people and our planet – just as it has time and time again.

I want to thank you all for your incredible efforts that led to this success. The Kigali Amendment is no longer a dream, it is reality.

Your commitment to a prosperous future and your willingness to come to the table in the spirit of collaboration is not only the hallmark of the Montreal Protocol, but also the best of humanity.

The Kigali Amendment is truly a success. It is ambitious and it is ground breaking. It shows the world that meaningful action on climate change is possible and that we stand a real chance of limiting global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

We have made history today and we should all be very proud.

For this morning, the language of change is described in freeze dates, phasedowns and baselines. But for the citizens of our countries, especially those living in climate vulnerable areas, change looks very different.

It will be the farmer whose crops survive the full season.

It will be the family whose house is not washed away because of floods.

And it will be our ecosystems, wildlife and places of natural beauty that now stand a greater chance of survival.

The targets we have set through the Kigali Amendment are a fantastic outcome because they work for everyone. As President of MOP28, I couldn’t be happier.

I wish to conclude by thanking the Ozone Secretariat for your tireless work in organising this meeting in Kigali. To Tina and your team – I speak on behalf of all delegations in expressing my heartfelt appreciation.

By continuing with the same drive when we meet for COP22 in Morocco, we can achieve even more. Once again, well done!

I now declare the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol officially closed.

Thank you for your kind attention.